We currently have internet, but I do not know how long for.
I was at the cabin last weekend to work on the inside of the veranda that I built last year. It was hot work as the temperature is still around 30 degrees C.
The walls and ceiling needed more insulation and then the hole veranda needed to be lined with chipboard. Here is how an interior wall looked before I started.
I have screwed joists to the inside of the walls and put insulation between the joists. The insulation was then covered with a bitumen coated paper.
In this picture was can see that the ceiling is completed and most of the wall.
After so much bird activity at the cabin over the last few weeks, there is now an ire silence as all the birds have now left on there migration south.
A took a the day off on Friday and so we travelled to the cabin on Thursday evening for a long weekend. My thinking was that I would have more time to do the work I needed to do……..unfortunately it rained all day on Saturday!!
My task over the weekend was to remove the front wall from the veranda and build a new one; which included building a 2 metre x 1 metre double glazed window.
I started by raising up the roof using a piece of 4×2 screwed across all the roof joists and two posts pushed under to lift up the roof clear of the wall
I then removed the inside and outside walls and the windows
Once the hole wall had been removed, I could start building the new one. The new wall has one large window in the front. Here is the hole where the window would be.
I had to build a series of supports onto the wall, so that the wall and window can support snow on the roof during the winter.
The section on the left in the picture above , which overhangs the food cellar will eventually be removed. In this picture you can see that I have already began building the frame of the new side wall inside of the old one. The black paper you can see is impregnated with bitumen and helps stop drafts and protect the insulation.
On the outside I screwed batons to the wall and then screwed boards onto the batons. An air space is left between the boards and then a board is screwed over the airspace. This way the wall has air circulating and prevents damp and mould.
I did manage to get the double glazed window build and fitted in place, but because it rained all day on Saturday I unfortunately did not have enough time to get the outside of the wall finished.
I have had a stressful weekend at the cabin, because I had to remove, raise and replace the veranda roof before we travelled home on Sunday evening.
My first task was to remove the corrugated tin, which I had to do carefully because it needed to go back on the roof once all work was completed.
And then remove the roof joists
I had to cut the new roof joists to the right length and fix them in the right positions with 60cms between each one. Once all the joists were in position I had to cover the roof with a water tight membrane and then fix laths on top.
Here are the new roof joists which are much ticker than the previous ones and so much stronger.
My final task was to put the corrugated tin back on the roof and screw them in place.
Sebastian helped with some of the work and was a great help. He also cooked bannock breads as a snack for us!
Emma helped me fix up a double level nest box for Lapland Swifts (which next in holes in trees) which we are trying to encourage to nest at the cabin.
I spent last weekend at the cabin removing the ceiling and walls in the cabin veranda.
We have been very lucky that he roof has not collapsed in the past, because who ever built the veranda, had one metre between each of the roof beams (there should be maximum 60cms between them). This means that I will have to remove the roof and re-build it. There was not insulation in the ceiling.
There was also no insulation in the walls which is why the veranda is too cold to use in the winter.
This door will be moved to the other side of the veranda and be replaced by a large window.
I will be working on the veranda next weekend and will write more next week.
I spent most of last weekend painting all the wood work in the cabin with a white wash (oil and white paint mixed).
I rained a lot over the weekend but between the rain and painting I had time to build a shelter with Emma, using branches from a Spruce tree that we had felled the previous weekend.
Not much more to report I’m afraid……..apart from the mosquitoes!! It’s the worst year for many years for mosquitoes. There are so many and when you are outside doing something you are covered in them! I wonder how much blood I lose every day?
Last weekend we were at the cabin. Teres spent Friday evening applying filler to the walls to ensure they were level, so that she could later apply wallpaper.
On Saturday morning Teres glued a special thick wallpaper to the walls which also helps to create a flat surface to apply the actual wallpaper to.
Then on Sunday morning she started applying the wallpaper to the walls.
By late afternoon Teres have completed the wallpapering.
Spent the weekend digging under both the cabin and sauna, and then using a bottle jack to raise up the cabin and sauna, to make them level. In the picture below, you can see that the cabin has dropped slightly, though the veranda is level.
Once raised up, I placed pieces of wood on the pillars to keep the cabin level.
I have also has my Little Acorn camera fixed to a tree at the cabin for three weeks, but the only picture it has taken is of this Pine Marten (Martes martes).
We spent three days at the cabin last weekend. It rained on Friday and Saturday, but fortunately I spent most of the weekend work in the cabin.
I completed the work fixing tongue and groove panels to the walls and I fixed skirting boards around the floor.
I also completed fixing up coving around the kitchen ceiling. It can be small details that take so much time to complete, like joining two different types of coving in a corner.
On Sunday the sun was shining and so I spent some time photographing birds including this Pied Flycatcher
and House Martins collecting mud to build their nests.