Tuesday, July 20, 2010
We had been inspired by a small cabin pictured in a magazine, as well as one we saw in Cornwall Bridge, CT. The cottage will be three rooms: a 12’ x 14’ living area, a 12’ x 6’ screened porch, and an 8’ x 8’ kitchen with attached 8’ x 8’ deck.
The bents (primary posts and beams) were all harvested from Swamp Maples on Dee’s Ridgefield property. They dried in a stack for over two years, and were starting to show signs of “aging”.
Friday, July 16, 2010
During this time, we’ve had many adventures. To start with, we are on what is essentially an island, approachable only by boat, or on skis or snowshoes during the winter months. All tools and supplies must be dragged or floated to the site. This has included entire trees, a portable sawmill, a generator, hundreds of pounds of cement, metal roofing, doors, windows, even a tractor.
What follows is a diary, starting in the summer of 2009, of our determined effort to have something more than a tent to sleep in.