Over the last week or so we finished the flooring in the loft, the interior framing, as well as the cabin electrical wiring. Last time I posted, I said I was going to try and finish the exterior siding before moving onto the interior finishing. We’ve changed our minds on that though, and have decided to wait to do the siding until the spring. There’s too much snow on the ground and I’m a little concerned about falling off the ladder. Plus, it’s cold outside. So in the meantime, we’ve been working on some cabin interior projects and will leave the siding until the spring.
The only interior framing we had to do was around the bathroom. I built two walls and put them up to separate the bathroom from the kitchen and living room.
I also framed in a small platform for the propane stove. We wanted the stove raised a little to make it a bit of a focal point, but also to add a backstop for the front door.
CABIN Electrical wiring
We also just about finished all the cabin electrical wiring. We decided to go with four separate light circuits so we can have a separate switch for the loft lights, the main room and kitchen lights, the bathroom lights, plus the exterior light. There’s also 11 outlets, and wires ready for all the lights and the smoke detector. Tony did all the planning and ran the wires around the cabin, and I helped out with installing the receptacles.
We used pine tongue and groove for the floor of the loft. We bought a few lots of wood from a local auction company, and ended up with a pretty good deal. This is the same wood that we will use for all the interior walls and ceiling. I installed the loft floor with a finish nailer, and just put a nail in the tongue of each board on each of the floor joists. We still need to stain and seal the loft floor, but for now at least we can go up there and walk around.
The next task is to do the insulation and get a bit of heat in the cabin! This cabin project has been great for getting us outside this winter, but still…it’s the middle of January and it’s cold. It will be much nicer to work in the cabin when it’s warm and draft free.
CABIN DESIGN AND PLAN
PHASE 1: SITE PREP AND EXCAVATION
PHASE 2: FRAMING
PHASE 3: CLOSING IN THE CABIN
- Tin roof and tiny cabin exterior framing
- Housewrap, cabin windows, and exterior door
- Exterior siding
PHASE 4: INTERIOR FINISHING
- Interior framing and loft
PHASE 5: FURNISHING
Gail VanderVeen says
Jes, this is such a great project. I look forward to reading about all the work you’ve done.