Our Summer Plans

We’re starting a very exciting time. You may know that last summer we purchased 20 acres a few hours from here. When we made the purchase we knew that it would be a property that we’d live at in the future. We’d take our time and work on it as we could, starting with a few outbuildings and enjoying it for weekends and vacations while camping in the shack we put up. Then eventually we’d build a small house to live in while we constructed the slightly larger permanent home. Here’s our shack.

shack with door

The funny thing is that while we had all these ‘perfect’ plans in place, things kept changing. The biggest change was the more time we spend up at the new property, the more we want to be there full time. Originally we didn’t put a real time line in place knowing it could take 5 or even 10 years before we moved up there. We did hope for sooner but made no firm plans.

In early spring we connected with some friends that suggested they could help us build a cabin that could be our permanent home and we could skip the tiny house temp home. At first, I wasn’t sure this was what I wanted. I have a slight fascination with Tiny Houses (that’s an affiliate link, there are others in this post) and the idea of building one of our own greatly appealed to me. But thinking about it a few days I realized that while the idea of building one of those cute little tiny homes had appeal, living in one did not. Joe was on board with the idea of a cabin from the beginning. He had a dream of living in a log cabin so this was right up his alley.

We’d actually been discussing getting a log cabin kit to build our permanent home. Have you seen those? They are precut wood that is delivered and then assembled something like Lincoln Logs. Only not quite as easily. The thing that kept holding us up was the final cost of the home made from a kit was still quite steep and we really don’t have the building skills to do that kind of construction ourselves so we’d need to be hiring out quite a bit of work which would add even more to the cost. The thing that did appeal about a kit was once the shell was complete we could take our time and do the inside as our finances allowed.

So when our friends said they could build the shell but from fallen timber they had access to instead of a kit, Joe was ecstatic. We’ve now worked out the details and will begin construction next month on our old-fashioned, rustic style log cabin!

I’ll be sharing more about the cabin as we move forward. While our friends will be doing most of the work we will go up on weekends to help with what we can including putting in the foundation and other things. We went up a few weekends ago and did our perculation test for the septic which enabled us to get all of our permits in place.  The perc test was interesting. We’re actually going to redo it. The permit person at the county thought we should move one of the holes and reposition the leach field because he felt we hit some weird rock deposits (the whole area is rocks!). So we’ll be retesting before starting the septic system.

perc test hole

Here’s my handsome husband putting the address marker in. When we visit next time we’ll know what our address is.

Address marker

 

We also did a very rough layout of the cabin, driveway and garage and began clearing sage and cactus from the area. We won’t be adding the garage yet but we wanted to make sure we had our placement of it planned for location convenience and views. Over the winter we enlisted the help of a Permaculture Designer to put a basic layout in place which was super helpful. We love the permaculture ideas and processes so much that Joe is actually taking a Permaculture Designer course so he can share that knowledge with others in Wyoming. I’m taking the class along with him but he’s the one who’ll be the real designer, I’m just doing it for fun and our own use/knowledge.

It is definitely a busy season with the construction, Joe’s class and our work schedules. We’ll be going back up to the property to continue getting ready for building Memorial Day weekend and last weekend we bought all of the windows and doors. Very exciting. And a little bit overwhelming too. 😉  Once the shell is completed we’ll finish the inside as we can. And with the cabin going in so soon, we’ve decided to give ourselves a timeline to move. Are you ready for this?

 

July 2015!

 

Next summer we plan to move to the new property full time. That will be a huge stretch in some ways but we think we can do it. We also think that the cabin might be a little ‘rough’ at first since we’re not sure we can get the interior completely done due to time and finances (we are not taking out a building loan to complete everything at one time). Lulu is very freaked out by the prospect of living in a log cabin like something the Ingalls family lived in. Some days I’m a little freaked out by it too. 😉

Here’s a few more pictures that we took while up there.

This is the view of the mountains from the road. It was a beautiful clear day!

mountains
From the road looking toward the Shack. The new cabin will be about 30 feet (I think) this side of the Shack but will sit a little more to the south (left in the photo). It’s about 250 feet from the road to the cabin.

Homesite from the road

This is the view from the south of the cabin. This should be what we see when sitting in our Great Room.  We’ll also have a view of the valley which houses  an irrigation pivot.

southern view

We won’t have very many windows on the north side of the house but I took this photo standing where one of the kitchen windows will be. We do plan to put a porch on this side (and on the east side) to enjoy this view.

north view

This is a new addition to our outdoor kitchen. It’s a rocket stove. I was amazed at how well it worked! It lit with zero problem and only took a few twigs to prepare our lunch. Love it!

rocket stove

One of our projects for our next visit will be moving the fire pit. It’s to close to the cabin. We’ll reposition it slightly and then build more of an outdoor kitchen around it. I absolutely love the book How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods for the outdoor kitchen section. We’ll modeling some of our plans after the ones shared in this book.

firepit

It’s all very exciting. 🙂

 

Shared at Simple Lives Thursday and Mountain Woman Rendezvous 

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