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.
The posts and some of the beams of our cabin were milled using a chainsaw mill which we set up on the island. Approximately 20 trees were milled altogether.
Local The logs were located just down the hill from us, given to us by a neighbour who’d cut them from their lot Low-cost We did pay $5,000 for the mill and had to buy a new chain-saw but we still feel that for the quality of wood we obtained, we would have had to pay more if we’d purchased it. Low-impact ( The logs were re-claimed from fallen trees. Our mill was able to cut pieces a larger mill might not have been able to. Loveable/liveable: The beams are beautiful! Long-lasting: We were able to use thicker than essential pieces of wood for most of posts and beams. Logical: Logical is probably the trickiest one to assess. The milling took much longer than anticipated, and was fairly unpleasant work. Kevin had chainsaw hand (a numbness caused by the vibration of the saw) as well as allergic reactions to the sawdust. That said, there is something amazing and right-feeling about building the house from trees grown right on the island. Does that make it logical? Hmmm.