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Old 02-10-2009, 07:21 PM   #196
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Just finished reading your whole post, what a great project. You are a very skilled craftsman and it looks like you pay a great attention to detail.
Keep up the good work.

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:13 PM   #197
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Thank you kindly.
I think you should have a medal for doing that!
Spending as long as I have in the building business has a habit of getting one to pay attention to the little things.
Have you ever noticed that it is the small extra touches that people notice?
A few months back, we had a visit from some of our friends from the other end of the island and they brought their family from Van. Island with them.
We had not even got into the house when I heard..."everywhere you look in the garden there is something different...."
I had never given that a thought until then. Now I must give credit where it is due, so you need to know that the large bulk of the garden has been done by my wife. It isn't just plants.
She has little goodies all over the place, yet nothing seems overdone.
Same inside the house, which is my bailiwick.
Before the first dirt was dug, most of the finishing details had been thought out. I am really happy to say that there is almost no real construction left to be done, it is nearly all what I would call finishing.
A fair bit of cedar work left to do, considerable tiling which will be done one step at a time. The kitchen cabinets are coming along reasonably well, my drawer slides arrived a few days ago - so looking forward to doing that part.
I have been pre-painting the last dozen of the osb panels for the ceiling, and will have that finished later tonight.
I expect it will take me a good part of this year to have everything done, that is if you ever actually really finish one of these places.
But I would be remiss if I did not put forward a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has taken the time and effort to contribute their comments here. You have no idea just how much incentive this gives me to get on with it!
Especially on days like today. Rain, sleet, snow and wind. LOTS of wind! It can only get better.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:25 PM   #198
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I could say something rotten, like, "I hated that I had to run the a/c today because it was over 75f" but, trust me, I would never do that!
But seriously, I have thoroughly enjoyed the posts, and as I said once before, I think it will make a great book one day. Have a good promoter/publicist yet?
Thank you again for the progress and pics. It is a great way to start my day while I have that first, second, and sometimes third cup of coffee in the morning before I start my day!
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Hi wrangler....always enjoy your posts. Just trying to finish one more area of the ceiling with cedar tonight. If I get it done I will get a pic up.
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Ceiling inside the side door to the kitchen. I milled all the cedar from rough stock. It's a bit awkward to get a pic of the whole thing. Nothing is square here, all odd angles and curves as you can see. I still have the last four or five boards to go at the far end. Just too tired tonight to finish up.
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Wow

What an incredible project! I love your work and what you and your wife have done.

I too, have a house on one of the Gulf Islands. About a year and a half ago, my wife and I had a 100 year-old Craftsman style house trucked and barged from Burnaby to Gabriola Island. It is still very much a work in progress. I am just a DIYer (but learning quickly thanks in part to the help I receive here on this site) and I travel from the mainland a couple of weekends a month to work on it. It is very slow progress since I want to do as much of the work myself as possible and I am on a very limited budget. The master plan is to live there someday. I will post photos when I get a chance.
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Looking forward to seeing your pics.
There is a fellow here on Ruxton right across the bay from us who shipped an old log house from North Vancouver and re-erected it here.
At least on Gabriola you have a ferry to get you back and forth, and roads, and electricity and who knows what-all else!
My immediate neighbour here on the island lives on Gabriola.
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Not too much to show you tonight, but I did manage to get the cedar done on the ceiling, plus the osb over the dining room area. Still have to clean that up a bit.
But before we get there, here's a sunset from last night. I didn't see it 'til it was almost done, so I expect I missed the good part. But enjoy anyway.
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The cedar really is done this time....
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So is the dining room ceiling....
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This is for all you guys whose wives complain when you leave a mess when you finish working. Just show her this one and she'll think you're an absolute prince!
I started to clear out this area today and sort the wheat from the chaff. So far I have cut up a lot of chaff for the fire. This is alleged to be the solarium. I'm sure you believe that, don't you?
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So far today, this is all I have managed to save from that mess....
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Thanks for posting the sunset picture, it's beautiful. The ceiling looks great. It sure looks like a lot of work. Is that next summer's bonfire wood sitting in your solarium?
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Good heavens NO!! I'm sorting everything out for any number of things I still have to finish. Actually, I am really trying to see if there is a floor under all that.....
When it is cleared out of the way, I think - if my memory serves me - that there is a curved pony wall separating the dining room from the solarium and that is supposed to have quite wide cedar boards on top, sufficient to sit on.
I'll be at this half the night.
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It'll be worth it when it's all sorted and organized. The house looks great and the view can't be too difficult to live with. What mountain range is that in the picture?

I was wondering, since you cut all of that wood from logs in the bay, do you have less of a problem with the boards warping like those you would buy at a lumber yard? The reason I ask is the boards in that pile in the picture all look very straight.

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