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Arched Cabin Foundation Forms Set & Inspected

After getting snowed out at the end of last summer, and a late start this year due to other projects being prioritized, we have FINALLY started building our Arched Cabin! #archedcabin #archedcabins #foundationconstruction #DIYhousebuild

Finally!

We are FINALLY building the house. The title says it all. The arched cabin foundation forms set & inspected. We poured concrete last week, and have begun to dig the trenches for sewer, water, gas, and power. It’s both exhilarating and exhausting to build your own house. My brain has been on overload with all of the new information that has been dumped into it over the past few weeks as things have been ramping up.

What’s next for the Arched Cabin & Life?

While the concrete hangs out to cure this week, Mike has to sneak up on replacing the transmission that died on his truck. We kind of need the truck for doing and hauling things. We have also started the work for all of our service lines coming into the house. I just realized that he should probably consider trenching in the phone line as well in case we decide to get a landline since there’s no cell service to speak of in the area. In this case, we really need to be forward thinking in planning for the future of the house in order to prevent having to trench things in after the house is complete. We’ve discussed things such as putting in fiber optic cables between the houses for a larger “home network”, putting in a frost free hydrant next to the garden, rainwater collection system that ties into the cistern, etc etc etc. So we have a lot of considerations while planning the layout of everything.

Costs for the Arched Cabin

I haven’t updated this in ages, so it’s time to talk about the costs so far as follows:
20 X 32 Arched Cabin House Kit: $13,032.50. (paid in 2017 and includes the delivery cost)
Architect to finish plans for permits & help navigate some building department stuff. $1570
Initial Soil Testing $1550
Open Hole Inspection $325
Driveway Permit $50
Pre-Site Inspection $40
Permits $1797
Excavation $14,062.70 (we ran into the septic line at one point, plus there’s also an easement being installed between our place and Mike’s Mom’s place)
Power Drop $3026
Concrete $1020.40
Shipping Container $3344.25 – Will become a workshop after the build
Tile & Sink for downstairs bathroom $563.10
Total Cost (excluding land) $40,380.95

You can read more in depth about some of the costs that I’ve covered here. I’ll periodically be updating the costs as we go, but that is the original post and goes more in depth on some of this.
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I’m so excited that we are building our dream! Thank you so much for following along on our journey. Have an amazing day!

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Well & Water Line Installation – Lazy Daisy Hideaway – Ep112

Construction has begun on both Mike’s Mom’s House, The Lazy Daisy Hideaway, and our Arched Cabin. In this episode, we’re next door at Mom’s house as they drill the well and Mike & Bob work on installing the water line for her stick built home that’s currently under construction. #construction #well #waterline #DIYhousebuild #drillingawell

The Project: Well & Water Line Installation

Mike helped Bob the Builder do the well & water line installation for his mom’s house, The Lazy Daisy Hideaway. As usual, I’m learning a whole lot about the process of how all of this stuff goes together! We started by cleaning up the area so that we have a flat surface to work on, and the proper amount of space to work. Then it’s time to dig the trench from the well casing into to the location where it will enter the home. Finally, we put together the pipe & water line, and feed that into it’s final home before backfilling the entire thing.

The Takeaway:

Because we are helping out on the project, we pass those labor savings along to Mom. It makes us happy to be able to give back because of the love and support our family has continually given us along the way. Thank you.

We are supremely grateful to Bob for all of his advice and expertise. Not just on well & water line installation! He is always a wealth of information on a variety of subjects, and at this point I think it’s safe to say he’s our good friend as well. We appreciate you, Bob.
If you’re local to Teller and Park County Colorado and have need for excavation services visit his Facebook Page, though be advised that Bob is old school so it might be best to call or e mail.

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Raised Bed Garden – Pt 1 The framework Ep#108

We decided with all the craziness going on that it was really important to get our raised bed garden in full swing this year.

I constructed 2’x3′ raised beds out of corrugated metal and 2x4s. Each raised bed cost about $43 to make, and will cost the average handy-person even less because I made several errors which resulted in me using half again the amount of wood originally required.

Cut and supply list for 7 raised beds:

2x4x19.5″ x 38 and rip 14 of those into 2x2s. (four 2x4s and four 2x2s per bed)
2x4x25″ x 14 – rip to 2x2s (four per bed)
Inside corners 25″ X 14 (two per bed)
Miters
45 degrees inside corners 36″ X 14 (two per bed)
Corrugated metal
*please note actual size is 26″ even if sold as 24″
Purchased six of the 24″x12′ and cut to fit the inside dimensions of each box.
Assembled with #10 x 3 1/2″ coarse auger thread construction screws for the wood, and pan head sheet metal screws #8 x 1″ (went through 1+ boxes of 100)

Assembly:

We assembled the tops and bottoms first using a #10 3 1/2″ construction screw*, and then we cut the sheet metal to fit each box individually. After we cut the sheet metal, we pre-drilled the holes into the sheet metal. 4 holes for the side panels (2 top, 2 bottom), and 6 holes for the front and back panels (3 top, 3 bottom).
Next, we used a 8×1 pan head sheet metal screw** to attach the sheet metal to the top and bottom frames of the bed.
Once the sheet metal was attached to both the tops and bottoms of the boards, we secured the inside corners using a 2″x2″x25″ piece of wood on the inside corner and then a 19.5″ 2×4 on the outside corner spanning the joint for the boards on the top and the bottom for increased strength) and then a 19.5″ 2×2 on the other side of the corner for symmetry and additional strength on the corner.

The joint will end up looking like this.
and here is a photo after we attach the mitered pieces to the top of the frame. You will want to trim those up so the corners meet up. You can also see the 2×2 on the inside corner in this image as well. The rocks on the ground are because that was how I marked out the layout of the garden on the ground.

Hardware images

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EP 107 – Shipping Container Part 2 – Ali has a PTSD Episode while we move the shipping container

WARNING! Content may be disturbing for some. I had my worst PTSD episode in a couple of years. I discuss heavily what’s happening and where things went wrong. Thankfully I worked my way through it and triumphed at the end, because that’s what I do. #PTSD #construction
#shippingcontainer #ptsdepisode #anatomyofptsd #panic #panicattack
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Ep 105 – Upgrading Tools – We purchased a County Line 25 Ton Log Splitter

We were getting down to the last of our firewood at the beginning of the year, and we needed to split some quickly ahead of an incoming storm, except we were down to some very stubborn logs, so we purchased a log splitter!
#firewood #logsplitter #countyline #25ton #tools #choppingwood #wood #mikegyver
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Ep 104 – A Serviceable Garment – Sewing my first article of clothing

Mike helped me learn to use the sewing machine, and I made what he is calling, “A serviceable garment” LOL I’ll need to try some new things for the next iteration of the shirt, but I’m looking forward to the next one!
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Ep 103 Cold Process Castile Soap

Here is my vlog about making Castile Soap! Recipe and recommendations below!
#castilesoap #soaptutorial #castilesoaptutorial #soapmaking #coldprocesssoap
I highly recommend that you check out Brambleberry for your soap molds and liners, and the Soap Queen for all sorts of amazing advice! I have learned so much from her website! – https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/castile-cold-process-soap-tutorial/
Recipe fills 5 lb soap mold
50 oz olive oil pomace
14 oz water
6.37 oz lye

Once again, this didn’t quite fill the mold so I would maybe go up to 56 oz and use a lye calculator and set you water by volume of oils to 28% and recalculate the amount of water and lye you should use based on the amount of oil that you’re using.
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Episode 100 – Building an Arched Cabin in Colorado. A Look Back and Looking to the Future.

Episode 100?!?!?! I can’t believe that we are already on episode 100! I first started this channel in 2017, but didn’t really start making regular videos until mid to late 2018. I started this channel purely to keep myself busy, and it’s grown and changed as much as I have. Thank you so much for you love and support over the past 2 years while I work through a whole bunch of things. #archedcabin #episode100 #100 #lazy #housekit #colorado
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Ep 83 – Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law – As always whatever can go wrong during the build process goes wrong. That’s okay though, we just keep on trucking!
Weather spoiled some of our plans and a mild injury slowed us down, but we’ll be at it again hopefully this week!
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Ep 77 – Tacos because we had to hurry up and wait on the build again

s, it’s a recipe video. I know, I know. You want build videos. Soon. We are setting up the forms this weekend. We ran out of money for materials. We really are a paycheck to paycheck channel. LOL While we await the next step in the build process, we make some delicious tacos