Saturday, March 29, 2008

Log Cabin Inspection

The city inspector came out and inspected our log cabin. The builder has a few things to do such as caulking, tightening a deck post and other small things. Also, take special note if you build on a sloping lot - we had some water in the basement. Since the ground wasn't graded before winter hit, water was able to come in once the snow started melting. The crew has been chipping away at the grade. Once the ground is not frozen, it will be graded completely. The inspector is coming back on Monday so I'm hoping we are all set for our certificate of occupancy. I found a great crimson red couch that I'm anxious to move in next weekend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Log Cabin Hunt

My husband and I drove around hunting for other log cabins in the Gaylord area. Thank goodness neither occupant was home while I was snapping photos. I would've had to explain that I am a log home stalker. I love seeing other people's designs and trying to guess what inspired them. It gives me ideas as well. The stone looks complimentary at the entrance of the darker brown cabin. I am hoping to finish the exterior of our walkout basement with the faux stone this summer so we are not looking at ugly concrete blocks. I also like the wraparound deck and the bright sienna color of the other cabin. We are trying to decide on our exterior stain right now and I'm rethinking the dark golden color. Spring will be here soon and it will be time to stain.

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's the little things

This weekend I realized I really enjoy the "little things" about our log cabin. When I look at the logs locked into each other, I am amazed at the craftsmanship it takes to make this happen. I get a thrill out of my rustic pine cone switch plate I found in Mackinaw city. I find it endearing how our gruff builder found and ordered the bronze shower head on the Internet to match our rubbed bronze faucet in one of the bathrooms. If you saw him - you wouldn't picture him tapping at computer keys to find this, he is 6'3 (at least!) and the person that swings logs over his shoulder with one hand. Other things such as the space above the kitchen cupboards so I can put some display items such as a plant, bird house, decorative plate or a carved wooden loon. Lastly, it was amusing (though it worried me some) to see our cat perch himself so very precariously on the outer edge of the loft floor, outside the railings - to survey the log cabin. He is now our "cabin cat." Next weekend I am ready to do some more shopping and pick up some more "little things."