Played on the playground (where Delilah learned her new love of old-school metal slides)
Ate lots of great grilled food (including lots of corn)
Built Delilah a house out of a large cardboard box
All in all it was a great week. Love getting to spend some quality time with our family.
UPDATE: Since this post was written a month and 1/2 ago and just posted today… more progress has been made on the camp. The insulation and electric work is complete, all corners/windows have been framed with rough cut (and painted) 2×4’s and the siding is going up.
A few weeks ago my friend Brian and I headed back up to camp to get the Soffit and Facia in place to seal up the addition on our camp for the winter. We made some excellent progress on Saturday with the soffit started on the front and finished on the end. However; Sunday we ran into some nasty weather and what should have only been a few hours worth of work turned into an entire day of sloppy wet mess working right under the overhang dropping a full 12×26+ square area of water right on our faces the entire day. It was fantastic.
Brian was a trooper though and we toughed it out, managing to get everything installed except the last 2 pieces where the addition meets the existing roof. The rain wasn’t letting up and those pieces need a bit of measuring and figuring, not to mention a larger piece of tin than what we had.
It’s coming along nicely though, and I think I’ll be back up there soon to finish ‘er off. Provided we get some decent weather (not rainy, cold or snow I can handle) the rest shouldn’t take more than a couple hours solo or not.
I’m hoping maybe my dad will be able to make the next trip just to look things over, but we’ll see.
The few weeks after we brought our daughter home from the hospital and moved into our new house we put the final touches on the kitchen in 1/2 of the duplex we own. Basically, we finished what had been an extremely long project just in time for our new Tenants to move in. The transformation was pretty dramatic, but unfortunately we have no before shots just a halfway started shot, some in progress shots and the finals. Anyway, take a look:
My father hasn’t been able to spend the time he wanted working on the addition to their camp. The past two weekends I’ve spent there finishing winter weather preparations with a whole bunch of help. Thanks Jerry, Don, Alan, Tony & Amy.
It’s been a long time coming but we’ve now got a finished roof, weather sealed outer walls and windows and doors installed. I’d say we’re well on our way. The soffit should go up soon and then all that’s left is the doorknobs/locks and possibly some wire mesh under the camp to keep the critters out.
I might even get motivated enough to just continue working this fall so come this winter it’s at least partially usable space.
Dad, My good friend Anthony and I spent 3 days up at camp last week, getting the roof in tip top shape. My Uncle Jerry stopped by on Monday and helped all day while we finished placing the end cap and prepping the roof for shingles.
The three of us then shingled the entire roof in a day and a half. Up to the ridge cap anyway, at which point we had to head home. Not too shabby. Next trip up the plan is the ridge cap and the remaining OSB wallboard. At that point we’ll be ready to place the Tyvek wrap, windows and doors. We might even get to some of that, depending on how long we’re up there for.
It’ll be nice to get ‘er sealed up.
Thanks to Anthony and Jerry. We wouldn’t be anywhere near as far along without all the help. You guys rock!
Some people thought we were crazy to do it but we just got back from a week at my parent’s Adirondack escape (ending last Sunday 7/11/2010).� This was Delilah’s first trip to the Adirondacks and it was a hot one.� She did great, slept a lot (it was in the 90’s with no A/C, ugh!) and smiled at her daddy a ton.
Last year we built a shed (Mostly my father, I helped a little).� This year we’re putting on an addition to the camp.� More like a new camp really… We’re taking the camp from the tiny studio-sized 336 square feet up to 960 by adding 2 bedrooms and a bigger living space.� The current camp is going to become a ‘dining’ area, kitchen and bathroom.� We’re well on our way.
Last week when we got to camp Dad was already all the way up to laying the floor.� It might not sound like much, but there’s a ton involved to get to that point.� Squaring everything up, leveling (& digging) the ground, insulation, wire netting, studding, joists & beams… Not simple work.� He’d been working for over a month just about steady to get to that point.� These things take time, especially when you’re by yourself in the mountains and you’re fighting the rain nonstop.
By the time we left Sunday afternoon (7 days later) we had raised all 3 of the walls (complete with OSB Board covering), All rafters were in place (save the ones that need to be placed over the existing roof) and all Zip System Roof Panels were in place and taped (as far as could be done until the remaining rafters are positioned).
Not bad for 5 days worth of work for 2 guys in 90+�F heat and 2 days with a bunch of help from other family.� Thanks Jerry, Scott, Donald, Wes, Pauline, Virginia, Gage & Mindy Lee!� Still lots to do, but we’re getting pretty darn close to weather-sealed.� We’re only a few steps away:
complete & install 1 remaining rafter
install Zip System Roof Panels over remaining area
small 4ft section of Wall & OSB board panels to go up adjoining existing deck
install a few missing OSB Board panels on the walls (mainly the gable end)
Tyvek Weather wrap
Of course there’s lots of little things to do as part of those steps, but those are the big ones.
If it was easy, Everybody would do it
While it wasn’t much of a vacation for a week off… it was still enjoyable to be around some family and it made me overjoyed Rachel and Delilah were able to come up with us and be around during those ‘off’ times while we were taking a bit of a break from the beating (building) so I could hold the little one.� Oh, and a huge thanks goes out to Rachel for all the delicious meals during the week.
The place is gonna be totally unrecognizable when we get done, but it’s sure gonna be nice.� A great place for Debug to grow up.� I’m looking forward to watching her play in the stream from the new living area.
I’m not sure how this happened but I don’t believe I’ve mentioned my parents new haven here yet. A few years back we lost our second camp (also not mentioned her as of yet) to a leasing issue and my parents decided they’d had enough. Next time, they’d buy one. For about two years, my family had been on the market. They hadn’t been actively looking, but things had cropped up here and there without anything very enticing.
Last summer things changed. My father heard about this little camp on a somewhat large privately owned club that was up for sale. I’m not sure what it was exactly but something caught his eye so he high-tailed it up there to check it out and liked it so much that he brought my mother up a few days later.
They had actually seen the ad for the same camp the previous fall but thought it was overpriced. After a winter of not selling the price fell and after seeing the ad for the second time they are now the proud new owners of their own little slice of the Adirondack Pie.
A little over a year later and the camp has given us many new friends, one nice Buck, a new four-wheeler, a few thousand miles on the snowmobiles, 2 tired puppies, and too many feasts to count.
As the second year of ownership begins, we’re (almost) done with first major camp project. A nice big Toy Shed to keep everything dry. Now it’s time to relax, shoot some bucks, enjoy the camp over the winter and prep for next year.
The camp is perfect size for two people, but when you add another two (or three) and some huskies, it gets a little cramped. Next year we plan to more than double the size, two new bed rooms and a larger living space later and we should be all set.
Can’t wait. I love spending time up there almost as much as my father does.
Rachel and I were gone on an awesome vacation for 3 weeks this summer. By the time we got back, my father was full-swing into building his new shed for camp. The rest of my summer was spent at camp (oh no), helping him put it up. It felt like every weekend but was probably only every other. Some days we made progress, other days we just relaxed in the mountains. Either way you look at it though, we were within the blue line so did it really matter?
We call it the shed, but It should probably be called a barn. It’s not built like the typical plywood thrown-together mess you can buy almost anywhere. It’s built to last, Adirondack style. Amish raw cut real 2×4’s and all. In a lot of ways, it might be over-engineered and over-thought, but it’s good to do things that way sometimes. My dad did most of the work himself. I helped a bit with the roof, siding and hanging the doors. My Uncle and my cousin helped a bit with the roof and the siding, and a friend at camp dug out the hillside and leveled out some of our lot with his equipment. All that’s left is some tin in a few places and some paint!
My dad likes to call it the “Toy Shed” or the “Toy Barn” or the “Toy House,” whichever name fits his fancy at the moment. We even had a sign made for it. That’s because it’s intended to house our snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and whatever else we come up with. Oh, it’s also intended to house the tools and equipment we’ll need for next years project, the camp addition.
We’re gonna need help though. So if you’re up for some hard work next spring/summer at a beautiful location, let me know. Remember, the more you help out the more likely we’ll be to invite you up to relax!