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Garage Side Door

Posted: March 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

We waited until the summer of 2015 to cut out a side door on the garage.  We could have IMG_5179IMG_5181cut our windows as well but decided to wait until we had better security (i.e. camera surveillance).  We simply marked our lines using an 8′ level and cranked up the 18″ Stihl chainsaw.  Pretty cool to use a chainsaw to do ‘finish work’.  I had found a solid wood door without a casing at a garage sale for $1 so I asked my go-to guy, Rob, to do the rest.


I bought this door for $1 at a garage sale and Rob turned it into a beautiful side door.

Have you ever had a guy on a job site that could do just IMG_5189about anything…well, that is Rob for us.  Thank you Rob from the bottom of our hearts.  Anyway, he not only built a wood casing for my door but also spent some time sanding the defects out and giving it a nice finish.   Wow!

2016 Cabin Model

Posted: March 26, 2016 in Uncategorized







Jack and Sharon of the Onalaska Building School have always taught to build a scale model before you build.  Smart.  Trust them, they have over 60 years of combined knowledge.  So I did…and not only did it show me how my cabin would fit together but it showed me what ‘I didn’t want’.  By building it and looking at it I could tell thumb_IMG_5872_1024thumb_IMG_5883_1024it was not what






I wanted.  So I changed it…and changed it…until we came up with a desired plan.  I had designed our cabin from my head so it took some visualization before it all came together.  I don’t know about you…but I am a visual learner.  Something that also helped me was some design software called Home Designer($99).   It will do everything…exterior walls, roof, interior layout and give you all the measurements automatically.   thumb_IMG_5882_1024Very thumb_IMG_5876_1024helpful for the placement of my staircase, wiring plan, windows and doors as well as hardware and cabinets like sinks, toilets, appliances and furniture.  The cool part is it has a 3D feature that allows you to see every side of your project by using the X, Y and Z access.  $99 well spent.  Short learning curve.  Make that model…it will save you lots of $ and grief.

Summer of 2014 Closing Thoughts

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

It was a long ‘summer'(actually April 15-October 30).  My friends were right…it did take longer to accomplish just about everything.  But we did put the log garage up…we did get it ‘weathered’ in…we did establish water and power.  I was tired but ecstatic.  This was the first property I had developed and I learned a lot.  builders' blissBonnie and I want to thank everyone who spent time helping us that first summer.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  It took a lot of people to accomplish what we accomplished.  Bonnie and I left ‘Elk Lookout Ranch’ that summer wiser and ready to complete our log cabin ‘dream’ the following summer.