So, we're building a cabin....

A little over a year ago my family dug out and poured the foundation for a cabin in CO.  It's near the Royal Gorge if any of you know where that is and is located on 40 gorgeous acres of forest and mountains.  Last memorial day weekend we started framing and its amazing to see how far it's come in a years time.  Probably 98% of the work has been done by my family.  Between my brothers there are numerous years of construction work and masters in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. They are resourceful and educated in a way that my brain just doesn't comprehend.  I made the mistake of asking my brother Daniel how the stairs were supposed to be help up by dowels...big mistake....he started talking numbers and physics (or some type of science/math stuff) and it went in one ear and out the other.  After a lengthy conversation and blank stairs I smiled, nodded and said 'well I guess I trust you".  Anyways, it's coming along beautifully and we're hoping to have the occupancy inspection in the next few months. SOOOO excited!

So this weekend we worked on the ceiling and walls, stained the kitchen cabinets and put up some of the stairs.  The ceiling and walls are partially dry walled and then other parts are lined with pine beetle wood.  For those of you who don't know about the pine beetle its a sad tale...These beetles have killed thousands of thousands of pine trees.  They poison it and we can't figure out how to stop them, they are destroying forests and its super sad.  Anyways they have started cutting down the trees that have died and selling them. Well let me tell you something...for as awful as these little creature are they do beautiful things to the wood.  Because they kill portions of the tree they leave grey streaks through the light pine wood and the contrast and variety is astonishing.  I need to get better pictures of some of the wood, but there are some shots below.  

Just a quick word about the stairs pictured below.  First off they are handmade by my brother and dad from trees off our land.  There isn't many things more beautiful then using what's around you to make wonderful handcrafted items.  So excited about these stairs.  Enjoy

What would a post be without a pic of my hardworking hubby.

What would a post be without a pic of my hardworking hubby.

New favorite wall.

New favorite wall.

The main masterminds at work. My brother  Daniel and my Dad

The main masterminds at work. My brother  Daniel and my Dad

The entire place smells of pine and sawdust, i hope it never changes.

The entire place smells of pine and sawdust, i hope it never changes.