I am not sure how it happens, but time sure does fly by. If you would of asked me last month where we would be on this project by now, I would have said the footings would be in and a log package on order. But instead, the building site is covered in ice and we still have not decided on a log supplier.
I can handle the set backs with the weather, it’s finding a log supplier that has me the most concerned. Most suppliers need a minimum of six weeks to supply logs and others need up to three months! This is only one of many dilemmas when searching for a log supplier. Some of the other concerns are the species of logs, shape of logs, and of course cost. All of these just add to the chaos of selecting a supplier not to mention all the conflicting “sales” information found on the internet. I want to hold off on talking about this too much and will save the topic for another discussion, but I have a feeling this is one of the most important choices we will make on this project.
Considering the mandatory downtime, I figured this would be a good chance to talk a little about the building site.
The site sits on a ridge just north of a four acre pond that was installed two years ago. I would like to back the cabin up to the edge of the ridge and put the deck over the other side. The deck would actually be built over a service road leading down to the pond that was used by dozers when it was installed. This would give visitors a year around view of the pond and also the valley below. In my opinion it would be a perfect place to watch wildlife and sit in a hot tub with the wife
One of the problems with this site is the grade. Even though we added some dirt to the ridge when the pond was installed, there is almost a 4′ difference between the front and the back of where the cabin will sit. This makes my life a little more difficult as more block for the foundation will need to be set and erosion becomes a concern. The other option is to move the cabin up in the field more where it may sit a little more level but then we take the chance of ruining the view of the pond. As it stands right now, I am going to try and keep the view down into the valley and the pond.
Another concern is the trees that will be surrounding the cabin. I learned the hard way that trees close to buildings are not a good thing. About four years ago, I had to climb on an ice covered roof of a property we owned and cut an 8″ diameter limb out of the roof. Nothing says danger like running a chainsaw on an ice covered roof! I learned my lesson that winter and promised any property I owned would not have trees close to any structure. While that sounds like a good idea, log cabins and trees go hand in hand! There is no way I can cut all the trees back from the cabin. I am going to have to find a happy medium and only take out weak trees and trim up the others before I get too far along in the process. I think this would be something good to get done while waiting for the log package to be delivered.