Winter 2015 and Starting Cabin Renovations

Winter 2015 and Starting Cabin Renovations

I think winter 2015 will be one to remember… After a relaxing holiday with the Kmyta family in Cabo and a visit to the coast with the other side of the family, we returned to the biggest snowfall in 45 years, completely annihilating our property.

2015-01-05 10.09.32The trees clearly weren’t ready for it and that first morning we couldn’t even go outside because of all the falling branches. And as many of you know, the old growth trees on the property have some BIG branches. After most of the weak ones had come down, we spent days digging out the bobcat, shoveling cabin decks and roofs and inspecting for damage. Following that was a week of constant power outages, so getting indoor work done was interesting. LUCKILY, the only damage was to a storage tent, a few power lines and of course all the trees. No cabins took a hit though, and we’re just left with a lot of clean up in the spring 🙁 Thankfully, since the snow finally stopped, we’ve had unusually warm weather. Above zero almost everyday. A big difference between last winters’ -25 around this time.

Since then we have been busy with cabin renovations. YAY! Very exciting. Since we bought this place over a year ago we have wanted to put some TLC into those cabins and now we finally can! First up are the floors… we’ve got 5 out of 6 cabins done so far. Next up is trim (floor and ceiling), new paint on the ceilings of 3 and 5 (no more blue ceilings), and then feature walls using the reclaimed wood from the ice-shed that sadly had to come down. We saved as much wood as possible and will be putting it all around the property so the history of that building won’t be lost. We will also be starting to make homemade wood furniture to put in the cabins, and will be putting all our creations on our Facebook album “Projects”.

After all that will be outhouses! New ones for 3 and 5, and hopefully the lake sites as time allows… More photos to come as we finish up! But to start here is the two flooring colours…  (click photos to enlarge)

Cabin 1 with new brown flooring

Cabin 1 with new brown flooring

Cabin 3 grey flooring being laid

Cabin 3 grey flooring being laid