Blog Cabin 2012: April Construction Update

In early spring, the Blog Cabin 2012 build team completed installation of exterior siding, plus plumbing and electrical rough-ins, foam insulation and drywall.

Attention to detail makes the difference at Blog Cabin 2012. To save the construction crew extra work, measurements of shower and tub controls are double-checked before drywall installation.

The rough-in dimension for the master bath vanity is measured to ensure that P-traps for an exposed-front vanity base are straight and centered.

Another view of the master bath vanity rough-in location showcases the shower and bath controls and shower area.

Washer/dryer rough-ins have been installed in the laundry room.

A sliding door offers a view to the waterline. The east side of the home will be battered during bad storms; the weather-tight sliding door, with an integral track, will weep any collected water.

An operable skylight and window in the Mega Dens-inspired family room will allow cross-ventilation during spring and fall days.

The walls of Blog Cabin 2012, a 128-year-old, balloon-framed home, weren't perfectly plumb. New studs were sistered along the knee wall and doubled-up collar ties were installed at every other rafter to straighten walls.

To improve usability and open up space, the location of the second-floor bathroom pedestal sink was reconfigured. An operable skylight replaces an uninsulated "double bubble"-style light that generated unwanted heat load.

When appropriate, delivery materials are repurposed. This large pallet will serve as inspiration for a how-to project or be dismantled for its rough-hewn wood.

An old manual well pump was discovered beside the barn and may be repurposed.

The property’s existing barn is in great shape for its age. The winner of Blog Cabin 2012 will have the opportunity to renovate or remodel as he or she chooses.

Installation of fiber cement siding and shakes is complete. The construction crew took great care while working around overhead power lines.

At Blog Cabin 2012, blown-in, dense-pack insulation will prevent infiltration of cold air. After foaming large gaps and odd-sized cavities, a crew member installs netting that holds the dense pack in place.

Interior fire-rated, mold-resistant drywall is delivered while the construction crew completes siding installation.

Dense-pack cellulose insulation is installed in the kitchen. Made from recycled newspaper, the product is both fire- and mold-resistant. After a layer of mesh (similar to landscape fabric) is stapled over the studs, the insulation is blown into all cavities.

The construction crew fastens boards in the kitchen. Openings for electrical devices and boxes are cut prior to board installation; door and window openings are cut after board installation is complete.

A professional installer wears protective gear and a respirator while applying insulation in the 6-inch rafters of the family room vaulted ceiling.