Good news everyone! If you have been following our journey, then you know how cold it was in the scary cabin last year. We just didn’t want to spend another winter waking up in the mornings and not wanting to get out of bed because it’s 37° in the cabin. We’re survivors, so if we had to do it, we would of. But we don’t have to…woot woot!
The new cabin is finally at the point where we can move in. It’s far from finished, but we can work on it while living in it. We still need to add vapor barrier to close up the walls. It also needs flooring, countertops, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, drains and a few other things.
Moving day was exciting! We also had company coming over for dinner, so we got to spend this special day with them.
We decided to run temporary propane lines for the refrigerator and stove. For now, each appliance has its own 5 gallon propane tank. The lines will become part of the permanent solution next year. The property came with a 1,000 gallon propane tank that is hooked up to the scary cabin. We haven’t decided if we’re going to keep the tank or get a couple smaller tanks that we can load and fill ourselves. We’re not getting any younger, so we also need to think about that…lol.
Stuart moved the refrigerator and stove down to the new cabin and got them hooked up. It’s not easy moving something heavy on a hand truck in the dirt and on a mountain. I don’t know how he does it! I wasn’t able to get footage of him moving the stove, but I got some of the refrigerator. Here’s the video.
We ran out of time to bring our bed down. We still needed to start dinner for our guests. I was not looking forward to helping with moving it down. It’s a cal king, so not only is it awkward to move, but we needed to get up in the loft.
We spent 2 more nights sleeping in the scary cabin until we moved the bed down. But, I was able to work in the new cabin on the farmhouse table that Stuart made for me. What a difference! We have less room, but with all the windows that my hubby installed, we have much more natural light. AND it’s cleaner! Once we close up the walls, we can add the needed storage solutions.
We moved the bed down. The plan was to use the extension ladder to slide it up to the loft. Yeah right! That didn’t work out so well. It stuck to the ladder and we were moving the ladder with the mattress. It was kind of comical, wish I had recorded it. Stuart ended up having to walk it up the ladder on his back while I tried to hold it up. I’ll say it again, I don’t know how he does it!
Another thing Stuart did to get us in the new cabin, was give the wood stove some much needed tender loving care. He used a sander and wire brush to remove the rust, and then gave it a fresh coat of stove paint. Replaced some fire brick and the seals. It looks like a new stove again. It should burn so much more efficient now, saving us on firewood.
It’s much warmer in the new cabin. We haven’t had to start a fire yet at all. We started one only to cure the paint. Definitely a huge difference from the scary cabin. We should have more than enough wood this winter…woohoo!
We’re more cramped but it’ll come together. We have some plans that will provide storage along with saving floor space. I’m super excited about them but saving that for a surprise.
Have an awesome day!