Almost a year ago there was talk of putting up another cabin on my 10 acres in Luzerne. I already have the original cabin and another Amish built cabin we call the bunkhouse. We put that up to help with the overflow when all 24 family members show up! We are now at the point were even the “bunkhouse” is not nearly enough especially when grandkids show up with friends! So we went back to our Amish builder (North Star Storage Barns of Mio) and came up with a plan that should “fill the bill!”
We had to get on a waiting list of several months as Laverne is swamped with work. We decided to go with a barn style building that is 16×30 with a full upstairs loft. three weeks ago Dave and I had to clear out the woods for a cabin and septic system. About 25 trees were involved in making room for our building. Cutting, de-limbing, and cutting them in 2 foot pieces was backbreaking and time consuming.
We had an excavator come in and pull stumps, grade, and lay down 8 inches of crushed stone! Within a few days my Amish builder is on site and in 2 days I have a 16×30 cabin shell. Now the real work begins!
Last weekend I went north to start the plumbing so my excavator can know where to run my sewer line. I also am tapping into my 5 horse power well pump to bring water to the place. That means a 225 foot trench dug 5 foot deep then run the line run inside the cabin. I built a 2 x 6 inch wall for the bathroom and installed a toilet and shower base along with insulating behind the green board I had to put up for the shower walls. I also drilled holes through the wall 2 x 4’s and started my hot and cold water lines. whew! That kicked this old mans butt!
Furnace, water heater, insulation, electricity, propane tank and lines, staining the outside, flooring, and kitchen installation are still on the menu. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but i’m hear to tell you this is not an undertaking for the faint of heart. You better have deep pockets and pay someone else to do it all, or have a lot of time and energy on your hands.