Phase 1

An original log cabin in Eastern Canada dating from the early 1950's was found in a neglected state and required major attention for it to become livable again. The work had to be completed in phases to accommodate both budget and climate.

Between 2015-2017 rudimentary repairs began including the installation of a new pump for the underground spring, replacement of burst pipes, areas of tiled roof, chemical cleaning, the clearing of brush enveloping the cabin, and branches endangering the roof structure.

In Phase I during the summer of 2018 our team excavated underneath the cabin beginning by hand until a small excavator could access the area, in order to pour new foundation walls to support the original structure.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, during the summer of 2019 our team completed the excavation to the west side of the cabin, poured the remaining foundation wall and completed the new insulated concrete floor to the new basement.

We were just in time for the first snowfall of the year!

Phase 3

In Phase 3 during the summer of 2020 we levelled the existing rear porch floor in order to install full height sliding doors, and replaced the original fixed windows in a bedroom and living space with operable metal windows.

Due to a delay in the supply of the windows and sliding doors we were able to start some groundworks with the view to creating a terrace linked to the field below.

Phase 4

Phase 4 included the completion of a new birch stair linking the newly designed and built main entrance, to the basement.

We had fun trying out natural plaster and paint as we awaited deliveries of construction materials, which also enabled us to progress with the laying out of the terrace and paths.