i have drawn more than a few negative comments from more than a few people for my lack of recent posts. hard to sum up my mood i suppose… hoarding my own experiences.

most of the windows are now set. hopefully i’ll finish the house wrapping and window flashing this weekend.

i’m going to head up to rbm in columbia falls for the siding, maybe next week. i’d like to get that up before too much more wind hits the wrap. not sure what i’m going to do about the roofing yet.


in most matters we strive towards the simplest possible solution. the shape of the house was no different. we proposed something along these lines to lucas and he ran with our minimalism.

the biggest draw of this box-with-a-hat look was just for the clean, simple lines. but, it also allowed us to keep building costs lower, so that we could splurge on other things that lucas, and the master carpenter, guru, savior andy pushed for, like double stud construction.

this is nothing you will ever see. walls are 9.25″ thick, and will get us around R30+ with very little thermal bridging. we are excited to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

and yes, the bathtub did arrive at a convenient moment.

nearly dried in

i put the 700 lbs. wood stove in the house before the windows are installed (kitchen window on the left, main entry on the right): 

hopefully the bathtub arrives before the crane comes back for the house trusses. i helped a friend carried a cast iron tub up a flight of stairs and i’m not looking to repeat the experience.

looking west (those are “attic trusses” over the garage):