This past weekend Mike, Bob and I went to the Log and Timber Home Show to do some research on how we might want to add on to our existing cabin. Bob, a friend of Mike's, used to build log homes for a living and is a wealth of information. He helped fill in a lot of the blanks in our heads about how to build a log home - or add on to ours.
The first log home show Mike and I went to years ago was huge so when we walked in and saw so few vendors in comparison at this show, we were a bit disappointed. I guess with the economy being what it is right now, it was just scaled back. We had a fun time though and made some good connections. I took my camera and shot a few pictures of a few things for sale there.
Bob and Mike are checking out a bed here. We kind of like its rugged beauty, but it was $5,000!
I actually preferred this bed, below. Isn't it cool?
There was a vendor who had some nice sinks and tubs. I liked a couple of these ceramic sinks, though one day I'd like to make my own.
I really liked these copper ones, but we don't need any sinks.
Mike and I both loved the look of this tub! Isn't it nice? I decided to give it a test run to see how it felt. It was quite deep and comfortable and I could see it in our cabin - all rustic looking. But we don't need a tub, especially a $5,000 one.
We're planning on meeting one of the builders we talked to at a huge cabin he is building not too far from our cabin. He'll be able to give us some ideas on how we can incorporate materials to our existing cabin. Since ours is about 25 years old, it would be near-impossible to match the materials used back then to what is available now, especially the timbers since ours are irregular in a not-very-common way.
In the meantime, we're kicking butt at our house clearing out and cleaning. We have the second floor almost done! More bags to Goodwill and trash out the door! Progress is being made and even though it's work, it's fun and moving us forward.
Six months until I retire!