Here are some photos from the past year. In addition to lots of fun times Kevin built an outdoor shower and finished most of the interior trim. 

Getting ready to eat local

The 7L cabin blog is about a lot of things — building, working with friends, nature — and now it’s all about growing stuff too. 

This spring we cleared some salal and built paths using the old sawdust from the mill which has been sitting in a pile for years. We also put in a wattle fence for a raised bed. The branches came from some clearing our land partner is doing, so it worked out well. Wattling proved not only fun to do but ridiculously fun to say.  A very silly and satisfying start to gardening season.


Many hands make light work

If there is a theme to building the cabin it’s that many hands make light work. So I love this picture we took this weekend of eight friends hauling a water tank up a very steep hill.

I spruced up the website and updated the timeline of our ten year adventure. Each year has been filled with moments like this one. There is not a single aspect of our cabin that is not connected to a memory of a shared meal, a late night board game. When we first started this project I told Kevin I was afraid i was going to lose years of my life to this project, but instead I feel like it’s given me so much. 

All the jokes we’ve made over the years about how useful the drawbridge will be during the zombie apocalypse felt a little less funny in the orange haze of forest fire smoke. But a little manual labour, combined with some extreme bocce, eating watermelon and breakfast pizza and swimming in the ocean, all helped to make for a great weekend.

I hope you like the new blog and let me know if you have any post suggestions!





This is a blog about our cabin and how we built it. We built it ourselves and with the help of many many friends. We built it over 8 years of weekends and summer vacations and we built it using seven critieria for deciding what and how we were going to build.

The 7L’s are Local + Logical + Light / Low-Impact + Liveable/Loveable + Low-cost + Long Lasting + Lots o ‘uses.

Over 75 people helped build the cabin!

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Getting here

From Horseshoe Bay
  • http://www.cormorantwatertaxi.com
  • https://www.mercurytransport.ca/schedule.php