So we are going to take the logs from the big adventure to Weatherford, Texas last year where we took down a 2,000 sf log cabin with a two car carport. We helped them by clearing the lot for a new house they wanted to build and in return, we got to keep the wood and other parts from the house. Now it is time to turn them into something again so we have decided to show everyone how to build a tiny village out of logs, D-logs that is.
Here is where all the materials came from that will soon form an entire tiny village.
The interior walls will be the same as before. natural wood Here you see Sherri handling a tub that came out of the house.
The morning after we added the porch beams. Looks better and better
One thing is for sure, we will not need any more windows.
So it started with the frame to hold the joists for the floor.
A closer view of the cleaning method.
It takes a bit of time to pick the best wood, but it will be better on the sock foot later to not pick up splinters that could come from certain grained surfaces.
Jorge is using a simple cleaning tool made from cutting a piece of the hard tight grain flooring at a steep angle and using it as a cleaning tool to get the dirt off the lips that might hold the boards apart otherwise.
Then we sort the flooring looking for the right grain on top, the good tongues, the grooves intact as much as possible.
Still to early to quite?
Here we go, a days work with great results, but
Carol is out helping clean the flooring and soon we are done except for the trimming of the outer boarder.
One by one, luckily all twelve foot long for the whole house floor by the time we are done.
I get to help design, build, and guide them through the puzzles we are going to be putting together to create a village soon.
Her is Sarah who is doing the great photography on this project as well as helping to build it.
Arron is in from Michigan and helping to manifest a place for Jorge and Sarah to live in while they work on their own house that they will one day own.
Some has a bit of stain from its last life, but we will take a good bit of that off later to expose the great grain.
One day that was spent teaching and doing, preparing for the great fun of the next few days.
Next we lay out all of the windows and doors we have selected, and this is a bunch for such a small house, not to mention pretty fancy, but it was what was on hand that needed the least amount of work to make work great and fast.
Get all the windows laid out so we can figure the lengths of the logs we will use on each wall.
The kids are having a great time planning with such great stuff to create with.
Time to lay out the selection of beams to work with.
How to split up the stacks and spread them out over a few thousand square feet of concrete.
Totally bored and not much help, but cute as can be.
Evening falls upon the day, the Forget Me Not Chapel a shadow in the deep red sky.
Great grain in the wood we will be using for around windows and doors.
Using older roofing metal, still thick and strong, we make our skirting flashing for going under the logs and keeping the moisture that might leak down off from our floor and thus interior.
Bend and screw down, the beams are now free of water damage that could come from the run off from the rain on the walls.
Use the wood to hold while the other guy bends and bangs with the rubber covered mallet.
Then we stack and screw with lumber screws that will hold it together for the next century we hope.
10″ screws from the top.
The ends will get covered with trim so as to keep the water out of them later.
8″ screws from the side.
Chop with the chain saw to speed it up and not worry as we will cover the cuts later.
Adding levels that give us both the inside and outside walls is much different for us than normal.
Nice old fashioned chiseling goes a long ways on this sort of task.
Jerry, our longest and most valuable intern is there to help some too.
Chiseling out the old trash and wood in the D log grooves is critical.
So when is it going to start looking like a house. The next day will bring about dramatic change. Not as much time to spend on it this day as wished, but still some more great progress.
Now we start seeing it come together a bit more.
Adding verticals to mix with the horizontal elements to give it more style and character, but it will also mean more flashing along the way.
Good strong vertical supports between windows this way.
More Flashing using V groove salvaged tin roofing.
Anchor screws in critical places.
One by one the logs go in to create our little Lincoln Log Cabin on a bit grander scale than when we were kids, and out of salvaged wood instead of a can of tinier logs we bought in a big can.
Arron brings in another and before you know it, walls appear.
The chain saws are temperamental compared to an electric skill saw, but nice to work with instead for the depth of their cut.
Have to keep thinking as we make little tweaks to a design that never makes it to paper before we are done.
I love to design on the fly to get the organic feel of it as we place the holes for the windows.
Look, we are almost to the top in the back…..
And suddenly it begins to seem like a house.
Chiseling the top plate for the cross over of the beams to lock the walls together again.
But we were not done, and later in another splash of human energy, we added what will be the porch roof and the bed section of the loft above it. We extended it out 5’5″ so as to have a platform big enough for a Queen sized bed. Nice.
The overhang is going to carry some weight as it is half the bedroom above.
We will likely have posts when it is put in place too.
Incredible sky above as well.
Shifting the last legs into place to set the top ledge into its cantilevered position. We will lock it down a gain before we are done.
This was cut to go along the back, then I remembered the porch and rest of the loft…. heh, would not want to forget that would you?
Shifting the back to the beams position, as the beam is pushed out on the other side.
Thats a lot of porch, as well as extra bedroom and closet space above. 12′ wide and 11′ deep, this house has a loft that is also going to be walkable 10′ x 12′ big that will be taxed as no more than storage space in Texas.
So that is what 5 days of work will get you, though admittedly not full days as we got distracted with other projects along the way.
Hope you like the progress.
See us if you want to help finish this one, or learn how as we build the next five too, each different and unique depending on what we find in the vast warehouses.