Nailed it!

I found these rain barrels on Pinterest and have to say …. I think they turned out A-Ok!

rainbarrel2Took all of 10 minutes to make.

rainbarrelsUp on my land and hopefully they will be upright and full of water when I return.

Pretty, Pretty Plywood

Plywood is about $50.00 an 8 X 4 sheet.

The Ginger Shack plan is a 100 square feet with 13 foot walls.

I will need 33 boards. I think.

Either way, its close to that number and that puts the cost around $1650.00.

Add the cost of the deck, the studs, nails and a few other bits and I am thinking $5000.00 for wood is a safe budget.

Plywood – easy, affordable and pretty!

plywood houzz

 

 

 

In the Black?

I have $12,000.00 to build the Ginger Shack. It seems like a lot but I am starting to wonder if it is enough.

The Grand Cook Stove is 2400.00 USD. Take the exchange rate, the trip to Michigan, the stove pipe etc and I am thinking $4000.00 CAD.

$8000.00 is still a good amount of money.

I really enjoy a financial challenge. I grew up with coupons.

Here’s to staying in the black on this adventure.

homedepot-4

4 foot counter top for at the new low price of $59.00?

Yes Please!

homedepot-3Slick door handles.

Keeping my eyes on their flyers … things like this have to go one sale!?

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I hear that odd sized windows and 1 off windows go on sale.

Perfect.

 

I feel like my new second hand shopping ground just opened up. Goodbye Value Village …. Hello Home Depot!

My lesbian status just got a gold star!!

 

 

I don’t want to do the right thing

I don’t want vinyl siding but I will have vinyl siding because its the right thing to do.

I am really not a fan of synthetic fibers.

My “wood house” is going to have lovely hues of Natural Oak if you squint your eyes in the right light.

natural oak sidingThere will be ‘Starless Night’ blue door.

white doorIn the end I am sure it will be beautiful and according to my mom, more importantly it will be easy to maintain.

Fashion or function.

Sometimes much to my dismay function has to win.

 

 

DAY OF THANKS FOR MARCH 30

GA-display of energyLEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 “The national anthem of Hell must be the old Frank Sinatra song I Did It My Way,” declares Richard Wagner, author of the book Christianity For Dummies. “Selfish pride is Hell’s most common trait,” he adds. “Hell’s inhabitants have a sense of satisfaction that they can at least say they’ve been ‘true to themselves.'” Heed this warning, Leo. Tame your lust for self-expression. APRIL FOOL! I was making a little joke. The truth is not that simplistic. I actually think it’s important for you to be able to declare, “I did it my way” and “I’ve been true to myself.” But for best results, do it in ways that aren’t selfish, insensitive or arrogant.

 

I could not agree more.

The heart of the home

grand cook stoveI have had a lot of romantic day dreams about cooking in my new home. Thanks to some amazing Amish design I think they are about to come true.

Meet the heart of my home – The Grand Cook Stove.

6 loaves of bread, a tasty birthday cake or simple stir fry … sky is the limit!

 

I am so very curious …

as to how this is going to play out.

I am not interested in rushing or controlling the process but I am incredibly curious about this entire process. I headed up North last weekend with 5 friends to create a barrier between the snow melt and the actual tent. I now have a 1 foot moat around my tent and a deck free of snow. I also have an outdoor fire pit and a ice block couch.

I love that you can’t see the division between work and play.  My heart expands a little with each visit when I see what we accomplished and how we decided to do it.

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Things for the Ginger Shack

things for GSMy dad was just in town for a visit. We started to talk about the actual building of the Ginger Shack. I realized that the only thing I had planned lately was my salt and pepper shakers. I have been stuck in the design/decorating part of this project. No surprise as that is my comfort zone/knowledge base. I have made a promise to myself that 2 times a month (or more if needed) I will be in a Home Depot, Home building, Fireplace type store.

My dad will be back in town for the first two weeks of August to help me build it. Meet the first of my family I have recruited. 3 more to go.

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Priority Number 2.

When I am living up on my land this summer, my first priority is to cut down about 50 trees.  I need sunlight in there so the all the years of organic rot that make up the forest floor can start to dry up.

Second priority, an outhouse.

My friends seem to think this is something a person would have built right away but, to be honest, I really enjoyed the Farley Mowat peeing out my territory game.

outdoor toiletInteresting but I am not interested in cleaning it.

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A Room With A View

Summer in the woods, you can feel very cozy and isolated. In winter you realize how incredibly close you are building to your neighbour and the main road. I have 23 acres and am probably 200 meters from my neighbour. WFT?!? Sorry Jeff, it was just the lay of the land.

I drew out the deck and the Ginger Shack in the snow and took stock of the winter view/exposure from the windows. I liked what I saw.

View from the Living Room. View from the Living Room. View from the Kitchen. View from the Kitchen. View going up the Stairs. View going up the Stairs.

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