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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Gambier Island

About Gambier

Getting here

From Horseshoe Bay


To do – 2008 list updated

I found an old to-do list and thought I would update it for 2017. No wonder Kevin is a little tuckered out!

  • Move smaller rocks off foundation area
  • Power wash rocks for foundation
  • Begin building power tower walls
  • Treat all lumber with oil-based natural wood protection
  • Lay-down platform
  • Begin building cabin!
  • Finish installing windows on power tower
  • Siding for power tower
  • Inside details of power tower
  • Cook / Clean-up
  • Build trails
  • Replant displaced trees
  • Reduce fire hazards by clearing brush
  • Be a gopher (go-fer tools, water, sunscreen etc)
  • General site maintenance (tents, tarps etc)
  • Set up a croquet set
  • Set up a Frisbee golf course?
  • Help mill wood (weekdays only)
  • Build a swing
  • Dream about future zipline
  • Glass-cutting/recycling project
  • Build things with wood