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day 19 – 23…framing the second floor, sealing the log ends and building the roof system

By Monday of this week the tongue and groove had been replaced on the second floor.  Thankfully, the crew had been able to pull it up and put it back down without damaging the boards!

Once the floor was put back into place, they moved onto framing the bedrooms and guest bath on the second floor.

Much of the week was spent working on the five layered roof system.  First to go down was the tongue and groove that makes up the ceilings of the second floor and great room, over which was placed the first layer of roofing felt.  That was followed by the layer of super thick insulation, followed by a layer of OSB and finally another layer of roofing felt. We’ll eventually have a tin roof placed on top of all of that.

With much of the major building complete, they began to work on smaller details.

We had heard from a few different sources, one of which was the Perma Chink rep at the Log and Home show, that log sealant should be used on the log ends…Mr. Lipham had never heard of such a thing nor seen anyone else seal their log ends in the 14 years that he’s been building log homes. Pretty sure he thought we were crazy for doing it, but we did it non the less. The log sealant turned out to be the consistency of Elmer’s glue and smelled remarkably like it as well.  Actually, it ended up drying somewhat like Elmer’s as well.  We’re now pretty well convinced that’s all it is.

Though Dave had stayed down at the work site till dusk several times, I had yet to be down there long enough to see what the sunset would look like from our deck.  We had arrived so late the day we went down to seal the logs that I finally had my chance as we were just finishing when the sun began to set.

We are still completely amazed that in just over three weeks we’ve gone from having just a foundation to being almost completely dried in! Although the first estimate was to be done in 16 days, Mr. Lipman’s new goal is to be finished tomorrow which will be 25 days…only 9 day over….stay tuned to see if they meet that goal.  😉

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day 12…staining the outside of the cabin

Unfortunately, Max was sick the day the crew started staining the outside of the cabin so I missed the big event.  On top of that, Dave forgot to bring my camera with him so what few pictures he took were with his iPhone, which leave a bit to be desired. Better than nothing though and he did get a little video footage:

Getting them to stain the outside for us was definitely a great decision…it would have taken us weeks to do what they did in a day!  The process looks pretty simple, one person sprays the stain on the logs while another follows behind with a brush to make sure it goes on smoothly…however, they’ve done it a million times so I think they made it look a lot easier that it would have been.

While half of the crew worked on staining, the other men were on the roof putting on the tongue and groove that will make up the ceiling of the cabin.

Our concern in choosing the Oak stain was that it looked much lighter than what we wanted and was also had a little more of a yellow tint to it than what we had in mind.  The Cedar, on the other hand, was too red and too dark but there was no color choice in between the two. So we went with the Oak stain and decided to put on two coats to make it darker…thank goodness we didn’t go for the Cedar because even the Oak initially looked much darker that we wanted!  Thankfully though, it didn’t have the yellow tint that it had in the sample and as it dried it has lightened up a good bit so we’re really happy with our choice.  Good thing ’cause there’s no going back!

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day 10 & 11…bleaching the logs and adding the log siding on the second floor

Saturday morning Dave went down ahead of me so that he could be there when our stain was delivered.  We had initially planned to do the staining ourselves but when we saw first hand just how high the second story is on the back of the cabin where the double wall of windows will be, the more daunting it seemed.  We made the command decision the day before that we would have our Battle Creek crew go ahead and do it while they were here, given that they had all the necessary equipment and knew what they were doing.  However, this put us in a time crunch as the forecast for the next week was freezing temperatures and snow flurries.  Mr. Lipham said that if we could get the stain overnighted, they could start staining by Sunday and be finished before the icy temps set in.  After much back and forth, it was decided that the cheapest way to have it overnighted was to pay a driver to drive it down from Tennessee.  We also had to make a quick decision as to which color to choose. After attending the Permachink talk at the Chantilly Log and Timber show, we decided to go with their Lifeline Ultra-7 line as it had the best reviews and only requires one coat.  This left us with fewer choices, none that really jumped out at us.  In the end, after talking with Mr. Lipham about it and listening to his advice, we went with the Oak.

The stain arrived as scheduled and the crew went to town trying to get everything done on the outside in order to start staining on Sunday.

By Sunday, the log siding was ready to be placed.  The full timber logs make up the first floor walls as well as the double story wall around the windows in the great room, while the two second story side walls are framed, covered with OSB and then covered with the log siding.  Once it is finished and stained, they will look like logs as well.  Once the logs and siding are finished, caulking is placed, if desired, in areas where there are slight gaps.  While the crew was on lunch break, Dave decided he would pick up a caulking gun and start doing a little caulking himself.  Clearly none of the crew members know that Dave has done his share of caulking in the past. I heard a quiet muttering in Spanish behind me as one of the crew members tried to catch Miguel’s attention to let him know what was going on.  Next thing we knew, several heads appeared around the corner of the front porch as everyone came to see what was going on.  Miguel promptly came over and removed the caulking gun from Dave and proceeded to do it himself.  Lunch break over!

By the time the caulking had been finished, the wind had really picked up and the command decision was made to call it a day and wait till Monday morning to start staining.  Just as well since ideally the caulk needed to set for 24 hours before applying stain.

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much fun at the Log and Timber Home Show

In the midst of a lull in activity at the coleman cabin, we were very happy to drive up to Chantilly, VA to check out the Log and Timber Home Show.  Once there, we were pleased to find exhibits by two of the vendors that we plan to use.  PermaChink stains, whom we plan on purchasing our stain from, not only had an exhibit set up but also a short workshop on staining technique as well.  What did we learn from them?  Mostly that we hope our budget will allow for someone else to do the staining for us!!! We were, however, able to narrow down what type of stain we will be using, as well as the color, at least for the exterior. We’re leaning towards the Cedar for the exterior and though still up in the air about the color choice for the interior, we are leaning towards the Light Natural

Also present was Don Jensen of Wood Doors by Don, who we would like to purchase our interior doors from. We had planned on taking the four hour drive to Wytheville, Virginia to check out the doors in person so were thrilled to have been saved from having to make that trip.  After talking with him in length, we were able to decide which door we will be using …you know, if we can ever get the building crew down to actually build our cabin. (New date for their arrival is Nov 11.)

There were also vendors selling handmade wooden tables and various other pieces of furniture, as well as plenty of wood carvings, antler chandeliers, animal skin chairs and benches.  We plan on making our own table out of logs from our property and I am now completely psyched about trying to do a chainsaw carving of a bear.  Max is sure I won’t be able to, silly boy. Challenge accepted…it’s on. 🙂

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