Since our computer has all the pictures, I decided I’d better go ahead and journal the Cabin project for us all. Most of you know by now that Nathanael and Emily have decided to remodel (actually, rebuild) the cabin on our property. This cabin has ALOT of history, many people have been blessed by its availability, and if you want to hear the stories, Bill or his Dad will be happy to have another audience!
Well, anyway, part of the cabin’s history is that it served as Nathanael’s bedroom for several years before it became unlivable. He has always loved that little house, and has dreamed for years of fixing it up to live in. So, now he and Emily have that opportunity.
It is a massive undertaking. The cabin is over 40 years old, and was built in about 5 stages, out of scraps! It started out as a small storage building for when Bill’s family came up here to the woods to camp. As time went on, and more scraps were available, it turned into the small (560 sq. ft.) cabin it is today (minus leaks!). The roof will have to be removed. Not only does it leak BADLY, but Nathanael can’t even stand up in the back of the house! So, I’m just going to include pictures of all that has been done so far. I will (or Bill will) update as progress is made.
This gives you a little picture of what it looked like before demolition. They had actually done ALOT inside, but I wanted to show you the outside first.
Nathanael is looking from the back room into the bathroom. He and Josh had already emptied the back room and stripped the walls. I could hardly believe how quickly they worked! My brother has always said of Nathanael, “What that boy cain’t tear up ain’t wrote in no book!” So I guess this is right up Bub’s alley!
The kids (I’m sorry, they are my kids!) are so blessed with good friends. Josh and Amber and Adam and Nera have all come over to lend a helping hand. The guys have worked like horses, and the girls have done their share as well!
Notice the bottom of the wall under the window. Many of the cabin walls were old plywood signs Pawpaw picked up somewhere. The window used to look outside, but in the early 90’s Bill’s brother added a room for his daughter, Mandy. Therefore, although she hasn’t lived here for 15 years, this room is still called “Mandy’s Room”.
Emily has seen more Texas sized insects and other disgusting stuff during this demolition than she ever wanted to see! There have been several nests of carpenter ants in the walls, but the guys have taken care of that!
Walls are down; everything is being removed, even the tub. All this work has been done in little more than 2 days!
Our little neighbors, Cassidy and Sheridan, came over Saturday to see if they could help. They are remarkable children. They have helped us in several of our projects! This is Sheridan cleaning up the kitchen floor.
Nathanael saving a few steps by tossing rubble out the back window. It wasn’t long before the entire wall was gone, saving even more steps!
This is the only thing that remains inside the cabin… My Mom’s old pump organ (under the blanket & stuff). It will be going to her house this weekend. It still works!
Now for the outside…The front porch had to come off. Josh was over again to help, so he and Nathanael removed wiring, etc., to get it ready for Bill.
Why do things the hard way when you have heavy equipment to do the work for you!?! Bill has had a terrible virus/cold since Friday, but couldn’t stay inside when he could be doing this!
I have to say, this has been a little hard to watch. Our family lived in the cabin when the kids were 5, 4 and 2, and it is very special to us all.
The porch roof – going, going, gone!
The tractor got it down, but the guys had to haul it out of the way. The porch will be replaced later.
Now for the porch floor. Amazing, isn’t it, what you find under the porch? Bill lifted the east side of the floor first.
Still the east side of the porch. This is in front of “Mandy’s Room”. There was a sliding glass door going into this room, but several years ago we came home from church to find it shattered by the heat. Weird!
Love that machinery! (Pretty crazy about the operator, too!)
Hauling it off…………………
Well, that’s all for tonight. I will give you more as it happens. Please pray for Nathanael, Emily, and Bill as they plan and work on all this. There is only a short amount of time to accomplish this task, and I know they all feel the pressure. God has poured His abundant blessings on this project with free materials coming from MANY people, so we know we can do it in His strength!
Have a blessed day!