Sunday, January 05, 2020

Two Decades of Float Cabin Maintenance and Improvements

Our cabin at the wall of Hole in the Wall.
Our float cabin at Hole in the Wall on Powell Lake, BC, was built in 1997 by our good friend John. He has an extraordinary talent for lashing together cedar log floats and building cabins from the waterline up.

We purchased the cabin in 2001, and with John's expert help we've maintained and improved it. He's a Jack of all trades who never ceases to amaze us.

John and our Cabin #3, the third one he built.

Here are some of the projects I've written about since I began blogging in 2006. Follow the links to see the stories.

Floating woodshed in 2007.
Repairing our log boom in 2008.
Adding barrels for extra flotation in 2008 and 2015.
Woodstove blow back solution in 2009.


Wind generator in 2009.
Bathroom and porch addition in 2011.
Indoor plumbing in 2011.
A new coat and colour of paint in 2011.


New propane stove and refrigerator in 2011.
Custom shelves made by John in 2012.
Upgraded ceiling insulation in 2014.
Pine paneling in 2014.


Making a new anchor in 2015.
Float log burning (carefully) for dry rot in 2015.
Solar system upgrades in 2015.
Enlarging our protective log boom in 2016.


A new front deck in 2017.
Xplornet satellite Internet in 2017.
Float cabin anchor repair in 2017.
Renewed floating garden in 2019.


In writing this post, I was amazed at how many projects we completed with John's help over the last two decades. And there's one more big one I'll share with you in the weeks to come. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you. -- Margy


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For homesteading, homemaking, DIY and self-sustaining posts visit Farm Fresh Tuesdays at The Self Sufficient HomeAcre. -- Margy

19 comments:

  1. Fascinating retrospective on your cabin.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to check it out. - Margy

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    1. It doesn't seem like much when you do things one at a time. And of course there a lot more little items I didn't include. - Margy

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  3. Margy - two decades! What an accomplishment. Any home requires ongoing maintenance, especially if you want it to last, and it appears that you have made those all-important ongoing investments! And improved your living space along the way. Thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday, my friend!

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    1. It was such an inexpensive cabin to start with, only $25,000 USD. But over time we've invested a lot more than that. Even so, it's a relatively inexpensive place to live in all seasons. - Margy

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  4. Your float cabin is marvellous! Wishing you all the best in 2020!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the visit. A prosperous 2020 back to you. - Margy

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  5. Hello, you have made your floating home so comfy.
    So many great projects completed, it is a wonderful home. Your friend sounds amazing. Happy Monday, wishing you a great day and a happy new week!

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    1. The biggest project to make it comfy was the bathroom addition with a compost toilet. Before that we had to climb the hill to get to the outhouse. Not very handy at night or in storms. - Margy

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  6. Wow. I need someone like John! I was just thinking about a list of our upgrades!
    I was checking out the eavestrough, and it needs help in these pouring rains.

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    1. He's a life saver for sure. Our eves troughs were okay but he added a better downspout to it wouldn't back up so much (without even asking). - Margy

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  7. How wonderful that you are keeping this cabin in such great condition! I love it~ Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

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    1. Thanks for giving us a place to share our stories. - Margy

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  8. You've done wonders with this place. I'm so impressed.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. The elements take a toll if you don't. - Margy

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  9. We are DIY people and enjoy admiring other people’s projects. Working on a float house certainly adds another dimension to the whole deal. Currently, Bill is adding a second bath to our little “cottage.(The first one is so tiny it barely qualifies, although it contains all the necessities.)

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    1. Adding the bathroom to the cabin was our best move. It's just the opposite in the RV. I've taken over the shower stall for a closet. Because our rig is so small there wasn't enough room for both of us to store clothes for our long trip. I don't mind using the park showers. - Margy

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  10. I'm blown away, Margy! Your blog posts just add more joy to my whole experience of reading Wayne's books and our little correspondences back-&-forth over the last few years. I have to satisfy myself with living vicariously through your stories (both, yours & Wayne's. Keep up the great writing & photos, both of you, & have a Great New Year.

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We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy