2018 projects

Spring has started "springing", and I anxiously await my return to my log cabin on Kimball Lake. This year, I have a couple of largish projects in mind, and I can't wait to get started.

Before I start the new projects, I have to finish the kitchen counter. Last year, I replaced the 50 year old kitchen counter with a new counter and wire shelves. Afterwards, Terry suggested that the counter would look more attractive if it had doors to hide the shelves below. So, late last winter, I made up five cabinet doors, which I will install on the first trip up, this spring. And, bar accidents or major changes, that's the last I'll do to the kitchen counter and cabinets for this year.

My first major project for this year will be to complete the deck down at the lake. When I built it, I had envisioned a two-stage deck, with the second stage supporting a lounger, or the canoe. This year, I will build that second stage. This should improve my ability to lounge at the waterfront, beer and book in hand.

The second, and larger, project will be to renovate the cottage porch. Part of the impetus for this comes from the electrical work I will have to do to install solar-powered lighting in the cottage. I need to run wires, and want to hide the vertical runs in the exterior walls of the porch. Besides, some of the porch floorboards have rotted away, and the cedar shingles cladding the outside have slowly fallen away. I want a porch that looks good, is functional, comfortable and inviting, and won't need any work for another twenty or thirty years.

I want to use tongue-and-groove panelling on the interior of the porch to give it a proper finish. The exterior will be a little more "traditional", with cedar trim over painted plywood. (Yes, it doesn't sound attractive, but it will look much better than it sounds). Proper frames for the windows and doors, and a built-in fold-down table will complete the look. I'll patch, sand, and urethane the floor, and the porch will again become the lounge area of the cottage.

All this work will prepare the place for next year's renovations; solar-powered lighting in all the rooms, and new interior walls in the two bedrooms. I've acquired a solar panel, and lot's of LED lighting tape, and have plans to put in some nice, unobtrusive lighting all through the cottage. It won't spoil the look of the cottage, but will reduce the fire hazards considerably. As for the bedroom walls, I'll use more tongue-and-groove panelling there and replace all the dark cedar shingles. I'll whitewash the paneling to brighten up both rooms without sacrificing the rustic feel of the place.

But, that's all for next year. Bring on this year.

See you at the lake.

Comments

I do have some smaller projects in mind for this summer, should I need a break from the big ones.

First off, I've acquired an IKEA "PS 2017 Storage unit" wire cabinet, which I will use in the boathouse to hold fuel and tools. I have to remove an old two-drawer cabinet that Mom had used to store nails, etc in, and then pour a concrete pad to support and retain the IKEA storage unit. With that done, I'll assemble the unit and move all the volatiles into it. That project should take a couple of days to complete.

The second project involves the pendant lamp in the cottage. It currently runs on AC from the generator, lighting a 60-Watt-equivalent light (about 800 Lumens) above the dining table. I've sourced some 12V DC LED lighting disks that put out 900 Lumens, and will rewire the pendant lamp for one of these disks, using 12V DC from the converter that now runs the kitchen light. That will take another day or so, and will position a second light for my upcoming solar-power conversion.