Saturday, June 26, 2010

Outpost Pictures

A vast majority of the inquiries I get through this blog are about the Outpost building.  Most recently the requests have been for more pictures.  I've posted these before but they have drifted too far back for some to see.  Here's a collection of my favorites.

Deb was a big help during the construction of the Outpost.  What she lacked in experience she more than made up for it with enthusiasm.  She has also spurred this project into reality and greatly influenced its design specs.

The remote location and time limitations required simplicity and compromise in the design.  It is big enough, but not too big.

In ten days we were able to dig the footing holes, do the concrete pad foundation, frame the building and install the roofing. 

The following Spring we started on the siding.

I was able to salvage some of the soffit materials from my other projects off cuts.  Not only does it look good (in my opinion) it is more critter resistant.

 I build the cabinets from logs salvaged and milled by a local sawyer.  Though small it is very functional.

The style was inspired by my Great Granfather's desk and evolved from there using the local materials I had found.  It is a lot more work than buying stock cabinets but I was able to create custom sizes using solid wood and derive a great deal of satisfaction from it.

I used the same material to make the drawers.  It mills and works beautifully.

To maximize comfort and conserve space I built a Murphy Bed.

My current project is interior trim.  I'm resawing the material I'm getting from the sawyer and installing it rough side out bordered by the same material milled and stained dark.  I make the backband from 1" rips that I rabbet and chamfer to add visual interest to the profile.

Thanks for your interest, support and inspiration.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 2010 visit

We're back from another very enjoyable extended weekend at the Yonderosa.  The weather was perfect and the company good.  As usual, time went by too quickly and it was difficult to leave.

On this trip I had some time and some of the materials to do some of the things I've been wanting to do.

Like interior wall finish

And make a little progress on the exterior too.

I'm pleased with the way it is evolving.  We find it very enjoyable to ponder the possibilities, experiment and then make it happen.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rockin and Rolling

This month we plan to make our way to the Yonderosa via the North Cascades Highway - that is if mother nature decides it's OK...

Earlier this week Ma' nature decided to roll a rock down the hill onto the highway.  It was 12' tall and 18' at the widest point.  Photos courtesy of WSDOT.

Now that there is a big rock.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spring in our steps

We are avid walkers and hikers.  When Spring arrives we are eager to get out and enjoy the intense new green popping out everywhere, the critter activities and feel the warm return to the landscape.

There were Deer aplenty in this visit.  Both Whitetail and Mule deer.  We didn't see any with fawns though...  Upon our arrival at the Yonderosa we had two Moose in the meadow.  I believe they are the same two our neighbors snapped a picture off last year when they were calves.  Gangly creatures but sure fun to watch.

Critter tax - a number of Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pine seedlings and saplings had their terminal buds browsed.
Red Birch is a favored browse for the Moose and Grouse.
The intense early spring green of the Western Larch

Yarrow enjoying the Meadow,  Kirby loves the creek.

Just Dreaming

Time for a long overdue update.

The weather for our May visit was mixed, but mostly good.  A few showers punctuated some gorgeous sunny days and fresh snow topped the nearby peaks.

Not a lot of progress on the outpost, mainly it was a planning/dreaming visit and a bit of official business too.  The Yonderosa affords us a number of options and opportunities.  We are quite content in our little escape though there is the lure of a more permanent residence.  We've always enjoyed contemplating and exploring our options.

There are a couple of sites we'd consider putting a residence/cottage.  The pictures above show what the Morning view would be at one of them.  The design I have in mind for this would orient the Living, Dining and Master bedroom to this view.  The slope would accommodate a 'daylight basement' very well for some inexpensive square footage that a shop / tractor garage / man-world could be incorporated. The view and the access is best here.