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Floor Joists : How will we do them?

How do we install the floor joists?

We started with our lumber which is 2x10x16 foot #2 Prime Pressure Treated Lumber that we purchased from Lowe’s at the end of October in 2020. I just want to point out that the prices had already gone through the roof when ordering these materials, but now they are still even another 52% higher at the time I’m writing this than when we purchased the lumber. I think with the pandemic and so many supply chain issues, it might be awhile before prices go back down.

Then Mike of course has done this before, but I’ve never installed floor joists. So I had to learn how to do it! One thing for sure is that we definitely have too much overlap. We will have to take these down before we finish the rest to cut them down to size. The overlap of wood beams should be about 2 feet, but we ended up with 10 feet dead on. We’ll be cutting those 2x12x10 Douglas Fir down to size before we finish the rest. We’ll use the scraps to wrap around the outside of the subfloor and also for the blocking in between each floor joist. Watch our video on YouTube to see how we did it!

We actually put these up somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I’ve been holding onto this footage for a bit, but I had some technical difficulties with my editing library where all of my footage is stored. As a result, I’m just cleaning up the footage, and posting them instead of waiting until we finish this portion of the project.

What is our background with the construction process?

This is my first time doing this kind of construction, but Mike has replaced floor joists in the past. His construction experience is not quite as limited as mine, but I do know that he built a nice little workshop shed in Denver. I even managed to help slightly on that project by handing him tools or helping hold up the wall. I even did a little painting, and learned why you don’t paint when it’s cold outside. That shed was peeling before the end of a year. At least I know what NOT to do next time!

What are you working on now?

It’s still pretty cold here in the mountains of Colorado, and so we are working on maintenance projects while we wait for the weather to warm up a bit more. We have several automotive repairs that need to happen and we need to replenish our firewood piles for this year and for the coming seasons. I have started a side channel on YouTube called, “The Lazy A-Hole Recliner Show” where I am following those side projects I’ve mentioned. This week I’m talking firewood and the Swedish method for fire starting.

I have also made videos on welding, cooking, and gardening as well on the secondary channel. I’m always open to suggestions, so if there’s something in particular that you’d like to see us take on, leave a comment on any of the videos or in the comment section of this blog.

We also have to finish the leach field for the septic next door at Mike’s mom’s house, and you ‘ll see that video hopefully soon, and I’ve started getting everything together to start my seeds. We are again still just waiting for slightly warmer weather to get started on all of these outdoor projects. Until then, I invite you to follow along as I tackle a whole host of other side projects and life on the ranch.

How much does building an arched cabin cost?

Today’s Costs for ALL of the floor joists for the subfloor, and not just what we did in the video::

Lag Bolts for all of the floor joists, and I believe this also includes the lost 1/4′ x 1 1/2″ – 80 of them $.21 each – $16.80
Floor joists 2x10c16 Pressure treated #2 – 60 of them @$22.48 (Price is already up to $38.67 4 months later!) – $1348.80

Total for materials this week: $1365.60

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
Meter Box Install – $448.20
Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot.
Water line from the control pit to the house  $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot
Power line from the pole to the house $596.54 or about $4.77/linear foot
Beams & Supports tied together (Welding & Materials) – $275.60
2″ Angle Iron x 3/16″ thick – 32′ $56.07
Labor (cutting steel to fit in the bed of the truck) $6

Total Cost (excluding land) $43,614.59 (including this week’s metal working supplies)

Products used during this week’s adventure of floor joists!


Arched Cabin House Kit
2x10x16 Pressure Treated Lumber
1/4 x 1 1/2″ lag screws
Milwaukee 3/8″ Cordless Ratchet (Affiliate Link)

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Fabricating & Welding Brackets for our Arched Cabin

Fabricating & welding the brackets for the floor joists

This week I am showing you the process of fabricating & welding the brackets for our foundation. These brackets will hold the floor joists to the metal beams that we have welded to the concrete and metal piers. On the plans they call for these brackets to be 32″ on center. Then they explained to us that the floor joists are to be tied together using blocking, but Mike & I felt like we’d prefer the floor to be sturdier. As a result, we’re welding the brackets every 16″ on center to ensure a nice, solid structure.

fabricating & welding brackets for the arched cabin
Ali about to be fabricating & welding some brackets!

How much does building an arched cabin cost?

Today’s Costs for fabricating & welding:
2″ Angle Iron x 3/16″ thick – 32′ $56.07
Labor (cutting steel to fit in the bed of the truck) $6

Total for materials this week: $62.07

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
Meter Box Install – $448.20
Septic Line to the house $164.48 or $3.46/foot.
Water line from the control pit to the house  $321.15 or about $7.14/linear foot
Power line from the pole to the house $596.54 or about $4.77/linear foot
Beams & Supports tied together (Welding & Materials) – $275.60

Total Cost (excluding land) $42,248.99 (including this week’s metal working supplies)

Products used during this week’s adventure of fabricating & welding

.030 Flux Core mig welding wire (affiliate link)
Hobart Handler 210MPV Mig Welder (affiliate link)
Arched Cabin House Kit
Glaser Steel in Colorado Springs
Better Welding Gloves (affiliate link, not pictured in this video)
Aluminized Glove Back-Pad (affiliate link, not pictured in this video)
Contact Tips (affiliate link)
Nozzle for flux core (affiliate link)
Evolution S380CPS 15″ Metal Chop Saw (affiliate link)

Ways to support our journey if you wish

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Want to build your own Arched Cabin? Visit their website! (we receive nothing from Arched Cabins)


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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.
If you’re interested in building your own arched cabin, you can visit the Arched Cabin by clicking here.

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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Ep101 Tools for Life – Gifts for a teenager – Mike installs a heat powered fan for the wood stove

Arden is 18! I can’t believe my baby is turning into an adult! We wanted to help prepare him for adulthood so we got him some tools for life. Mike installs a wood stove fan to try and help distribute heat throughout the house. #toolsforlife #tools #happybirthday #adulthood Buy soap & lotion from our website or view our blog posts. All products are hand crafted by Ali. https://lazyaholeranch.com Become a Patron! – https://www.patreon.com/lazyaholeranch Visit us on FB and Instagram @lazyaholeranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap
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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 81 – Mistakes Were Made

So we thought we were prepared to move forward. We did a ton of work, and then realized we forgot a very important step.
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Ep 80 – Setting up the forms for the Arched Cabin

We are beginning construction! We began setting up the forms for the foundation for the arched cabin, but in usual fashion, something has gotten in the way! We keep going like we always do though! You can’t keep us down for very long!
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Ep 76 Diggy Diggy Hole – Starting the Arched Cabin Build – The Excavation

The time is finally here! We have started building our house!!!!!!!!!!!
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