So many things to give updates on… Summer visits are more frequent so we’ve done quite a bit. To structure the upcoming babble, we’ll talk about (1) rocks that we’ve been transforming into a magical surprise, (2) cleaning up the cabin in anticipation for (3) a visit from Mummy, Lisanne, and the kids.
Numero uno: rocks. Liam has been Superman-ing a bunch of rocks from the forest and hauling them to the site of the… new pizza oven-to-be! Very exciting. There’s a great spot just off to the side of the cabin – it has nice big exposed rock that the pizza oven will blend into, and some flat parts that’ll be nice for a future BBQ or something.
After consulting with Mummy and the Internet, Liam decided to go with an 18th century (or something)-style earthen oven like this one. It means we can do it all ourselves relatively easily (and gradually). He can fill in any details I miss here.
Basically, you make a big cylindrical base with mortared stones, filling in the inside with gravel, rocks, bricks, whatever. On the top you level it out with sand, and then fire brick goes down nice and flat, and then the earthen dome surrounding all that.
Pictures of our progress after one building session:
That’s (1) rocks. On to (2), tidying up for the kiddies. As usual, the cabin was a MESS before they came. Things are constantly moving around, to the point where Liam had to ask me where the plates were last visit. Very upside-down. Here’s where the kitchen is at:This picture shows the early stages of a new wood countertop. I was experimenting (successfully I’d say) with my Kreg jig and 2x6s. Worked like a charm, though I did have to hand plane a bit (a lot) because I didn’t quite line them up perfectly. OK and I also ran out of screws and skimped on the last board, but hand planing was fun and something I wanted to learn anyway. Later I’ll probably add a few inches of “frame” and blend it all in to match, and then sand more and seal it with some mineral oil.
The idea is to have this countertop be a narrower than normal with cabinets underneath. That frees up room for cooking along the whole length without the person against the wall getting squeezed in by the sink, which is staying the same place.
In other kitchen news, we bought a double sink for the outdoor kitchen and a corner sink for the indoor kitchen, meaning the dish washer person will have on one side a view out the outside widow and on the other side a view through the opening to the living room. Good for passing, say, dirty dishes maybe? Here’s the set up now so you can get the idea:
As for the living area, here’s how it was BEFORE. Since the last pictures we showed here, I think the table is/was newly positioned (it used to be in front of the day bed) and re-painted (white legs, stripped and poly-ed top). Note also the deconstructed futon propped up against the wall – that’s all part of the grand plan.
And here’s the AFTER!
All the tidying took the better part of a day, since I had to find homes for the piles of things you see in the first pictures. I combed through it all to make sure, as much as possible, that the pointy, heavy, and breakable things were stored high up or hidden, so the little fingers of our little visitors didn’t get hurt. That was a little harder to do in the workshop/storage area, but I did OK. Here’s what I managed to do (yes, that’s the AFTER). See the (backside of the) countertop?
Which brings us to (3) – kiddies visiting! I’ll have to make that a new post. This is too long already…