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Old 05-19-2010, 05:57 PM   #991
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And here is the gal for whom the proa was built enjoying a paddle.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:00 PM   #992
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Getting back to the house for a minute...that is why we're here isn't it?..this is the base of the original model of the house. Things were changed as time went on, but it's interesting to see the original concept.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:08 PM   #993
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Now that I look at it again, there really wasn't much difference between the original plan and what we ended up with.

That double circle in the middle was going to be a shallow pool which went part way inside the front curved wall. That never materialized, but the inner shape remained as the solarium, minus the inward projecting pool.

Other than that, I think the rest is right. The studio area, the front entry, the main floor, the breakfast nook area, kitchen etc. are unchanged.

This pic is of the model when it was new and sitting outside facing the proper direction. I was able to check and make sure that I had the roof overhangs correctly configured this way as the sun made its' journey across the sky by simply watching the shadows.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:10 PM   #994
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I just noticed all those rocks on the ground. We laid those out in the shape of the house so we would have some idea of the views we may end up with.
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:05 PM   #995
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I know you have seen the log lift before...but this was taken when it was fairly new. What caught my eye was the fact that the low "walls" that held the track up are easily visible here.

I guess over the years that there has been so much sawdust from the mill that the ground is now right up to the track itself.
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:08 PM   #996
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Once again, going back to when we first arrived here, there used to be a wonderful old gentleman who had a tiny one room cabin across the bay from us. His mooring was this old dinghy you see here.

It had not seen any use for a number of years and washed up on the beach one day.

The Mrs decided that she would like to use it to grow herbs in, so it was brought up here and named "Herbie".

It has been producing herbs ever since.
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:12 PM   #997
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A few more pics of the early cabin, then we'll get to the new house.

Here is a look at the cabin when the lattice over the entrance was all nice and new. The steps in front are - what else - curved!
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Not many pics taken inside the cabin. But this one shows the door, which was made from one of the several door frames we got (brand new) made of nice cedar.

I had a piece of obscure tempered glass which I used as the insert, then cut out the shape of an arbutus tree from a sheet of plywood over that. The wife has since painted arbutus leaves and berries on the glass.

The original cabin had but one window in that wall. We decided it was too dark and found two other double pane units over at the hospital auxiliary store in Ladysmith for $5 each.

They just happened to be the right size to fit in between the studs.
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I think I may have mentioned that we have the fridge/freezer outside in an enclosure on the north side of the house.

This is the door I built to keep it out of the weather. It's still in good shape after all these years.
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About 10 years ago - give or take - we had this incredible north west wind which came up one evening and blew relentlessly all night long.

In conjunction with an extremely high tide, it managed to find every log between here and Dodd Narrows and deposit them into Herring Bay.

It was a belated Christmas present for us. Something like 750 logs in here and the smaller bay right in front of our place. I managed to get about 150 of the best ones and turned them into lumber. The bay didn't get cleaned out of logs for nearly a month after this.

Nobody I spoke with had ever seen this before and it certainly hasn't happened since. Somebody must have been looking over my shoulder!
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Most houses you would be inclined to do the house first, then add the bits and pieces afterwards.

As you know, the studio went up first to be used as a storage room, then the next part was the front entrance, which is its' own little room.

Here it is in frame. The back walls are curved on a 10' radius.
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This much later shot has the entrance roof shingled and considerable framing done on the main floor of the house. There seems to be nothing in between. I'll have to keep looking.
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I also note that the small curved entrance deck is in place as well.

To the left in this pic you can see what is the base for the crazy log tower.
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Here is the rest of the tower with four solar panels and the wind generator.

There was some improvement in performance of the wind genny here, but it was still too protected from the wind to be really useful.

The four solar panels were bolted onto a 10' long steel frame which pivoted up and down and side to side. This was done with ropes. Very simple and effective. When the wind got up, and at night, I would turn the panels to a horizontal position to eliminate almost all of the wind drag.

Now that our solar array is on the roof, the panel mount is being used by some friends on the other side of the island.
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It appears that the truss joists are installed at this point. This is taken from about where the new hot tub deck is now.
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