As I explained, some of my posts are delayed by a week or more due to the chaotic nature of our life here. This sometimes has me describing a project and including a brief review of it all in one post. As soon as the cabin had heat and electricity, there was nothing compelling us to stay in the yurts any longer. In an afternoon we moved over the beds and food, and that was that!
The cabin is MUCH warmer than the yurts, although it takes longer to get its temperature to move up. Generally speaking the upstairs is very comfortable. Kenny spends three quarters of his time up there, playing in the loft where he has many times the space he had in the yurts.
There are still spots where we can see gaps between the logs leading directly outside. They are quickly sealed up with some caulking. Now it is mostly poor fits around my temporary window and door trims. I am confident that these can be well addressed next fall when I plan on vapour barriering the entire inside of the cabin and putting up wood panelling.
My current looming projects are the stairs for up to the loft/bedroom(s) there. We had been using a ladder, but then I tried to build a staircase. It clearly needs some modification to make it more useable. I have some ideas, but we'll save them for a blog post all their own.
It's challenging living in such a rustic place, but hopefully the increased light, space and heat offset the dust, lack of privacy, and general disorder.
I have used some drop sheets to wall off what will ultimately become the master bedroom - this will be where we can cut the flooring and panelling over the course of the winter. I sure hope we can contain the dust to an acceptable degree!
Some of the big differences we have noticed -
Better connection to the outside world! As close to nature as you feel in the yurts because you can hear every noise and feel every gust of wind, in winter, you have to have it sealed up tight to keep in the heat, and that means you don't actually see much of the nature around you. Now we have large windows on the south and west sides downstairs, as well as windows on the east and west sides upstairs. Kenny has already changed his choice of bedroom to take advantage of the east facing window which always has a spectacular view of the rising sun and brightest constellations of stars.
More moderate temperatures. Even though it still cools off at night, we are not waking up to sub-zero temperatures and trying to light an ice-cold stove. The majority of mornings we are able to open up the stove and stir some coals back to life. This is dependant mostly on the night before and at what point we close up the air vents on the stove. It sure helps to just spin the dials and throw on a log and expect some warmth. The only downside is that in the yurts the space was small enough that it heated rapidly. Here it takes noticeably longer to cool down AND heat up. Hopefully it will become even more even heated once the extra barriers are in place on the outside walls, and the inside walls and ceiling slow down the movement of heat in and out of the different living areas.
The Yurts have quickly become an extra storage place, as well as a makeshift workshop. Generally I keep my tools there, but at -30, I bring them into the cabin to use them.
In any case, I wanted to share this special time with the readers. We're still moving forward - even if it is three steps forward and two back with most experiments!