That’s that much done. Now I have to spend money.

Figure out how to spend money, more specifically.

Also I need to learn why the new Official TUAK camera doesn't like to focus.

Also I need to learn why the new Official TUAK camera doesn’t like to focus.

I hauled 19 weathered sandbags out from under the Lair this morning, emptied them into the wheelbarrow, and dumped the sand on to what soon (I sincerely intend) will be the floor of the new woodshed. Moving the sandbags was necessary because they’re plugging access to my septic line, which I fear may need work, and because they were pretty much rotted anyway. That spared me from having to bring more sand up from the wash.

Now I need pavers and poles and concrete and metal roofing and something to do for sides – I’m thinking stockade fencing if it doesn’t cost the world. Also while I’m at it I’ll get the concrete and rebar and forms I need for pouring the bedroom addition piers. I’ve got the money in the bank to do that much…I think.

I’m going to line the floor and walls with hardware cloth, which I already scrounged – it won’t keep rats out, since the front of the shed will be open, but it will keep them from starting their nests at the rear of the building. If they get that much head start the wood in the back is just urine-encrusted rat condo/tomb by the time I get to it. Nasty.

To get the materials I have to coordinate with my neighbors D&L. They frequently used to get deliveries of building materials from the big town about 35 miles away – that supplier has free Wednesday deliveries, but it would be difficult to arrange deliveries to the Lair since the supplier doesn’t use all-terrain trucks. Also I don’t exactly have an identifiable address. “Go down the ridge from Ian’s pumphouse and hang a left at the dead juniper” isn’t sufficiently specific. So I’ll need to pay D&L, then pick up the stuff from their place after the supplier drops it off. No problem, just a coordination hassle. But it’s time to get a move on, this early warm weather is a blessing. Two years ago Monsoon came before I had the new siding fully painted, which meant I had to rush, and I’d like to avoid that this year.

I originally intended to start the addition behind the side window, but I’m moving away from that. Right now I have seasonal clothing storage in three different places and it’s a pain in the ass. So I want the bedroom big enough to contain an actual closet. I could come out to the side more, but that would interfere with the drainage ditch and things would get really complex. Or I can trim my juniper back some and start the front of the addition at the front of the cabin, and put the door right where the window is now. I don’t really want to mess with the juniper, but I’ve about decided that would be the simplest solution. What do you think?

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12 Responses to That’s that much done. Now I have to spend money.

  1. Claire says:

    I’d hate to see that lovely window go away, and I’ll bet you would, too. But there’s a lot to be said for having extra storage room in such a small cabin, so I say do what you gotta do. Having the bedroom door where the window is now would preserve wall space and would also keep your bedroom door farther away from the woodstove, which has got to be a good thing.

    Either way, it’s going to be fun to watch you (and I emphasize YOU, as in NOT ME) do the work.

  2. Joel says:

    The window will get worked into the addition somewhere, no doubt. But I really like that sightline out to the west toward the wash, which is the direction from which unexpected things often come. The more I think about it the more important a quick decision gets, because I really need to draw up the addition’s layout to see how windows, a closet and a back door can all fit in the space – while leaving room for a bed and a small heater.

  3. Claire says:

    Yeah, I can see how trying to fit in all those elements would be a problem.

    When you talk about a backdoor I’m presuming you mean an exit to the outside from the bedroom. Good idea. If so, what’s the possibility of leaving the present window out of the design and putting in a glass, or partially glass, door (preferably one that faces west)?

    OTOH, a window doesn’t interfere with bed space, or I presume a heater could go under the window. So unless you’re worried about bad feng shui 😉 the window’s probably not too much of a design issue even in a small room.

    Looking forward to seeing the layout you come up with.

  4. Judy says:

    Half-glass exterior doors were a real God-sent in the house we built. I don’t know what the enclosed blind kits that fit those doors cost anymore. At the time, it was 80 bucks but it was some of the best money we spent on the house. It would give you addition light/sight-line in your bedroom. At some point you could hang a storm/screen door for more ventilation in the summer.

    From the angle of the photo, it doesn’t look like you will have to prune the juniper back very far on that one side to make the addition even with the front of the house.

    Claire, if he does some painting in funky colors and places a few mirrors and wind-chimes in strategic locations his feng shui should be okay. ;>)

  5. Tennessee Budd says:

    I’m sure you’ve thought of this, but one never knows–I can remember intricacies & overlook simple shit sometimes. I gather that the juniper is to the NW of the lair. Is that tree leaning that way just ’cause it do, or due to wind? if it’s the latter, putting the addition to the front might mean dropping the juniper, not just trimming. Depends upon how close it is to the addition. I’m sure you don’t want to lose that shade!

  6. Matt says:

    If you went towards the juniper, would juniper roots get in the way of the piers?

  7. John of the GMA says:

    Prune the jumiper.

  8. Norman says:

    Random thoughts.
    Outswing doors don’t consume valuable floor space.
    Outswings require a landing larger than the door swing area, but exterior landings are cheaper than interior space.
    Doors with 1/2 or full glass do double duty as windows.
    Glass inserts for doors are available with sealed-in venetian blinds, a benefit for keeping the sun out in summer.
    Hotel-style clothing racks – shelf with a bar for hanging clothes – can replace a constructed closet.
    A couple of small “access doors” in the rear of the new woodshed would allow periodic insertion/removal of rat traps.
    Home center fence panels – eg., assembled “stockade fence” – is assembled with very, very cheap wood and staples. They don’t hold up. PITA though it may be, real wood and screws are the way to go. Do it right, do it once, then forget it.
    If the addition covers/cramps the septic line, adding a cleanout while it’s accessible may be a good idea.
    Depending on what lines are being run (electric, water, etc.) buried conduit makes installation/repair easier. Schedule 80 PVC is great, schedule 40 works, thin-wall irrigation PVC is cheapest. Go one diameter size larger than you think you need, bury it 6-12″ deeper than you think necessary.

  9. Kentucky says:

    Right from the beginning I have thought you should do exactly what you’ve described. Use the existing window opening as the location for your pass-thru door and move the window (or add a door) straight away west from the existing location. Retain the “west view” and get maximum floor space in the new addition. Yes!

  10. Paul Joat says:

    With the new bedroom does the loft turn into seasonal clothing storage?

  11. Joel says:

    Seasonal clothing, certainly, and I also expect to move my more vulnerable food stores up there. It’ll solve a pesky and persistent problem – since I don’t get rodents in the cabin, not ever – and free up some powershed space. I’ve already got a basket-on-a-rope arrangement for laundry, it’ll work as well for food and other stuff.

  12. Andrew says:

    Late as usual, but I second Kentucky. Basically keep the same wall format you have now, just blow it out as far as you need. Put the closet space towards the rear of the cabin and put the rear door there, either on the same side as the window or do two closets down a short hallway exiting out the back.

    Either way, draw up all the ways you want (in scale, of course) and make templates for what furniture you are putting in. Play with it. Decide on the outside/inside dimensions of the overall extension and play. Enjoy yourself.

    Good luck, hope I was in time to help.

To the stake with the heretic!