Featured Story in Cabin Life Magazine

Cello, Hooch, and their Windy Spot Cabin were featured in the August edition of Cabin Life Magazine, published on June 16, 2015!

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You can see the online version of this story plus additional bonus web-exclusive photos by clicking HERE.

For more renovation pictures of Windy Spot Cabin, visit our Windy Spot Cabin section of the website!

Downstairs Powder Room

This is the original bathroom of the home.  It had a window which faced the street, and a tub/shower.  By the time we had bought the cabin, the tub had been removed, the logs had been covered with paneling, and over the paneling drywall and wall paper had been installed.

This is the powder room the day we looked at the cabin for the first time.

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I just couldn’t stand the wallpaper, so when we moved in, I painted over it as at temporary fix until we could get started on the construction of this room.

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When we began to rip out the drywall and paneling, we also realized because of the way they married the walls to the bedroom and kitchen addition, it was best to add half-logs, rather than expose the original logs, as we had first planned.

Half logs were put on walls, and stained to match the original logs.

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The toilet was too close to the wall now that the half logs were installed, so we had to move the toilet slightly.

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…and repair the flooring…

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Brian had the idea to make a vanity from a large cedar stump:

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Brian hollowed out the stump using a chainsaw to make room for the pipes.

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An in-set hole had to be made for the sink, and a hole for the faucet had to be cut.  This was all very time-consuming, as we only had one shot at making this vanity right, or we’d have to search for another cedar stump! powder room 12

Testing out the sink:

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After all holes were cut, I applied a finish to the wood.

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Moving the log into the powder room: powder room 7

Installed! powder room 14

Vanity and sink in place, floor re-finished, and new toilet.  We uncovered the original window of the bathroom and decided to have a piece of stained glass made to hang in its frame, since the window opening now backs up to the kitchen addition:

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Stained glass installed!

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Faux tin ceiling to replace the paneled ceiling:unnamed (26)

This powder room is the FIRST officially completed room in our cabin!

Got Dock?

Since Cello had gotten involved in dock diving, we have been talking about putting in a “runway” that would closely resemble the length and feel of the actual DockDogs dock.

Well, the project came to life – and even prompted us to get some landscaping and other renovations done on our lakeside!

The start of the “dock” began with digging …

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…and leveling…

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Limoncello and Hooch’s dock:

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Cello trying to take the maiden jump, as Hooch is – – being HOOCH!

Hooch’s first jump off the dock (see he CAN “stay” when he wants to!)

We then purchased an Extreme Vertical rig so that Cello and Hooch can practice this discipline as well:

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Cello taking the first “grab” from her new EV rig!

I’m sure Limoncello and Hooch will enjoy their at-home dock this summer!

The Kitchen

The kitchen has been the longest-running project.  We built the cabinets all by hand – with no plans to follow, and no idea what we were doing!  We get complements on them constantly – they really came out great – and fit right in with our cabin!

The kitchen is mostly completed as of today (11/16/2013)…but we still need to complete the ceiling (we are going to do a tin ceiling), get hardware for the cabinets, and complete the chinking on 3 walls of the kitchen and adjoining pantry.

The kitchen when we originally looked at the house…

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The kitchen during the demolition…

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Building the cabinets

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…and the kitchen as of 11/16/13

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Copper farm sink…Brian’s pick!

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Other end of the kitchen

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Adjoining pantry/laundry room (still needing the chinking in between the logs down as well as the ceiling)

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Chinking (white stuff!) getting done in the kitchen:

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Kitchen Wall

One of the walls in our kitchen was nothing but rotted logs (from old roof leakage) and  a very tiny window.  We had the logs on hand, but hadn’t gotten around to replacing the wall. Friends of ours called us one morning to tell us they were removing a large window from their home to replace with a larger window, and that they thought we may be able to use it…well, it was a perfect size, and we dropped what we were doing that day, and ripped out the wall and old window!

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New window in and trimmed, and new logs installed…just need to stain the logs, and chink in between logsphoto 2 (1)

The Bar

More paneling on walls and ceiling to rip out… this room was a “treat”…we discovered to bats behind the paneling while ripping it out…quite the experience – and something I will NEVER forget!

The bar before…

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Bats…YIKES! Brian brought them safely out of our house!

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With the paneling gone, it’s on to stripping the bark off the logs, sanding them down, staining the logs, securing loose wires, repairing the chinking, and painting the chinking!IMG_2345

The exposed ceiling in the bar…

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The bar after all the staining and painting…DSC08563

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Wood Carvings Inside and Outside the Cabin

We love wood carvings!  Have you ever seen someone carve a tree stump with  chain saw into a work of art?  If not – it’s a must-see!  These people are really talented!  Here are some of our cabin “residents”….

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Brian surprised me with this one for Christmas one year!

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This was the first carving we ever bought.  This bear keeps us company in the lodge room.DSC08572

Brian gave me this one for our 2013 Anniversary gift.  This bear watches over Cello and Loki’s water and food bowls.  You can see behind the bear that part of our kitchen wall is not yet completed with the white chinking…
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