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24 October 2002 - 23 October 2003
The Log Home's First Year
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23 October 2003: View from Front
Two dogwoods are planted on either side of the driveway, new grass on embankments. We're all set!
Landscaping
15 October 2003: Great Room
Lots of sprucing for Honest Abe's Fall Open House: flowers and picture frames and balsam fir candles!
Furniture
3 October 2003: View near Well
Grass is growing, driveway is painted, and exterior light installed. Log home did well during Hurricane Isabel!
Outside
12 September 2003: Great Room
Some furniture delivered today
Furniture
28 August 2003: View from Road
Driveway paved today! Grass is taking root as well
Paved Driveway
13 August 2003: Master Bath
Waiting on signs and paving, but some general sprucing up of the interior is happening: mirrors, curtains, towels, and an orchid!
Sprucing Up
4 August 2003: Great Room
We passed our certificate of occupancy! But you don't get it right away.... Security system and central vacuum have been installed, lots of cleaning!
Passed CO
1 August 2003: View from Front
Some trees removed from front as well as the hill, seeding today
Grading
30 July 2003: View from Front
The front hill is graded down and backfilling along foundation is starting, all this in our light rains!
Grading & Backfilling
24 July 2003: Kitchen
Our first furniture delivered: an oak rolltop desk to match our kitchen cabinets and steel & black stools to match our Kenmore Elite appliances
Furniture
21 July 2003: Loft
All the trimmings are finished: sealed wood, stair rails, special order switchplates. Now for a lot of dusting and some work on the land.
All the Trimmings
17 July 2003: Master Suite
Unfinished pine flooring is now sanded and sealed, and so are all thresholds and vents
Pine Flooring
16 July 2003: Great Room
The unfinished pine stairs and master bedroom floor get their first coat, will be finished tomorrow!
Finished Stairs
14 July 2003: View from Front
Copper installed on sides of chimney, sealing of unfinished pine floors is being worked on, exterior rails are in. Waiting on paving and grading
Log Home Model
11 July 2003: View from Billboard
Parking lot is being prepared: graded and gravel laid
Parking Lot
10 July 2003: Great Room
An all day photo shoot for Shades of Light and Rugs Under Foot catalogs, very interesting!
Photos
Photo Shoot!
9 July 2003: Front Porch
Quite a day! Railing are installed (working on touch ups), last minute work on cabinets and masonry, and the parking lot is graded!! Shades of Light sets up for tomorrow's photo shoot.
Railings & Parking
7 July 2003: Loft
Carpet for the loft, as well as the railings, was installed today! Some work on porch railings was done as well. Lots of trim was finished and accessories for the bathrooms were purchased.
Carpet & Railings
6 July 2003: Great Room
Gas logs installed today
Gas Logs
5 July 2003: Kitchen
Cypress floors are in, as well as all the appliances and most switchplates
Flooring & Appliances
3 July 2003: Hall Bath
Plumbers have installed sinks, most of the electrical work is done too. Flooring continues, along with trim. It continues to rain, so the driveway is still on hold...
Hall Bath
2 July 2003: Great Room
Australian Cypress floors, as well as sinks, are installed
Cypress Floors
1 July 2003: Kitchen
Backsplash is up! Phone company in today, more rain in the forecast, delaying driveway
Finished Backsplash
30 June 2003: Kitchen
Oak trim around window and porcelain, backsplash goes up
Tile Backsplash
29 June 2003: Master Bath
Wrought iron sconces and pendant are installed in the master bath
Lighting
28 June 2003: White Room
Another bedroom is done in a light stain, pickeled white, walnut floor is installed, and faux sky light is installed
White Room
27 June 2003: Master Bath
Sink top goes in and tile around tub
Tile
26 June 2003: Cinnamon Room
One bedroom is done in one of the darker stains, light is installed and so is the hickory floor! (couldn't get the floor AND the light in the same photo...)
Cinnamon Room
25 June 2003: Loft
Lots of lighting goes up, iron in the great room and loft, lots of different lights in the other rooms, as well as more stainless steel appliances in the kitchen
More Lighting
24 June 2003: Loft
Vents are installed (black with the help of Rustoleum) and we have air conditioning!
Air Conditioning
23 June 2003: Kitchen
Appliances are delivered, stainless steel (blue protective film is still on); and island is moved slightly
Appliances
19 June 2003: Master Bath
Maple cabinets go in, grout is done on most of tile (waiting for a dry spell AGAIN so the driveway can go in)
Master Bath Cabinets
18 June 2003: Kitchen
Porcelain tile is cut and installed
Kitchen Counter Tops
17 June 2003: Master Suite
Lighting goes up, hardwood floors are waiting to be installed
Lighting
16 June 2003: Kitchen
Base for porcelain counter tops go down, electrician starts to put up lights
Island Counter Tops
13 June 2003: Kitchen
Oak kitchen cabinets go up in only a couple hours
Kitchen Cabinets
12 June 2003: View from Front
Exterior stain goes up, between thunderstorms!
Exterior Stain
7 June 2003:  Master Bath
Tile work near completion in bathrooms
Master Bath Tile
29 May 2003:  View from Front
Stone work is finished, ramp is nearly done
Front View
21 May 2003:  Back Porch
Stairs are on back porch, work started on driveway, lots of rainy weather
Back Stairs
19 May 2003:  Master Bath
Some tile on floor and walls
Tile
14 May 2003: View from Back
Stairs on back porch, ramp on front
Porch Stairs
11 May 2003:  Kitchen
Tile work has started
Tile
9 May 2003:  Master Suite
Wood flooring is in the master bedroom and tile is started in the bath
Flooring
8 May 2003:  Kitchen
The island is delivered and doors are hung, hard wood floors are started in master bedroom
Kitchen
7 May 2003:  Great Room
Heavy Timber stairs installed, different view of chimney and some cedar trim
Chimney
2 May 2003:  Great Room
More cedar trim and shelves, more stone work on chimney
Great Room
30 April 2003:  View from Front
Stone all around and now going up chimney
Stone on Chimney
28 April 2003:  View up Stairs
More cedar has been cut to trim the house
More Trim
25 April 2003:  Great Room
New look to the wall behind stairs, and cedar is being finished for trim
Trim
23 April 2003:  View from Back
"Grand Central" at the cabin today:  stone work, phone lines, gas lines, and of course general construction
More Stone
22 April 2003:  Great Room
Sheetrock going up on some walls
Sheetrock
21 April 2003:  View from Front
Stone work going on foundation
Stone Work
18 April 2003:  Great Room
Interior walls going up
Interior Walls
14 April 2003:  Back Porch
Closer view of porch railings, windows, and doors,  insulation inspection passed today
Back Porch
11 April 2003:  Master Suite
Installation of tongue and groove on some interior walls and ceilings
Tongue & Groove
8 April 2003:  Great Room, from Loft
Interior framing of chimney started
Loft
7 April 2003:  Master Bedroom
Insulation installed in ceilings (stone samples for chimney on floor)
Insulation
3 April 2003:  View from Front
The second floor exterior is nearly finished
Second Floor Exterior
1 April 2003:  View from Well
The roof is being finished with second floor exterior nearing completion
Roofing
28 March 2003:  View from Front
All windows in, walls are wired, and county inspection passed!
Front of Model
26 March 2003:  View from Back
The shingles didn't take long!  Exterior doors are going up now too.
Shingles
24 March 2003:  View from Loft
Most windows are in now, nice view of Douglas Fir beams
Loft
18 March 2003:  From Front Door
Interior walls are going up along with plumbing (back porch is visible in background)
Interior Partitions
12 March 2003:  View from Back
A very sunny day, dry-in nearly done!
Dry-in nearly done
8 March 2003:  View from Well
More work done on the porch posts as well as the roof and windows
Roof Finishing
4 March 2003:  View from Well
More rain and ice held up construction, but work on porch posts has started again.
More Porch Work
25 February 2003:  View from Well
Roof work is started on porches
Start on Porches
18 February 2003:  View from Front
The big snow storm hit, but only an inch of ice for our area.
Roof Ice
13 February 2003:  View from Back
Work on the roof, before the big storm hits!
Roofing Work
12 February 2003:  View from Well
The roofing continues
Start of Roof
11 February 2003:  View from Front
Decking is up and now to the tongue and groove to start the ceiling
Ceiling
6 February 2003:  View from Well
The deck of the back porch is started
Back Porch
4 February 2003:  View from Front
Finishing touches are added to the trusses
Close Up of Roof
3 February 2003:  View from Well
The trusses go up quickly, not quite as heavy as the central Heavy Timber Rafters!
Trusses
31 January 2003:  View from Front
Chimney is framed in (a couple days of wet weather put a temporary halt on construction)
Framed Chimney
28 January 2003:  View from Front
More rafters and preparation for the chimney
Heavy Timber Rafters
24 January 2003:  View from Back
Heavy Timber Douglas Fir Rafters start to go up
Heavy Timber Roof
21 January 2003: View from Front
Rafters are going up, and on to the second story
Rafters
16 January 2003:  Interior View (well corner)
Douglas Fir beams are up, now to the second floor
Douglas Fir Beam
15 January 2003:  View from Well
First story is up, now on to beams
First Story
14 January 2003:  View from Front
On the 12th log course
12th Log Course
10 January 2003:  View from Front
Higher and higher!
More logs!
9 January 2003:  View from Well Corner
More log courses continue to go up!
More logs!
8 January 2003:  View from Front
Logs are unpacked and the first course of logs are being laid
First course of logs
6 January 2003:  View from Well
Subfloor is almost finished
Subfloor
23 December 2002:  View from Well
Foundation is backfilled, ready for subfloor
Backfilled
16 December 2002: View from Well
Dry AND Warm! The foundation is laid and pest control applied.
Foundation
25 November 2002:  View from Front
Finally a dry spell! Footers are dug and poured.
Footers
4 November 2002: View from Road
The logs have arrived and been unloaded by forklift.
Log Delivery

24 October 2002: View from Well
The site is cleared and awaiting a dry spell for the foundation.

Cleared Lot


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