I had moved from Suquamish, Washington to Pagosa Springs, Colorado in 1997 one year after having been in a car collision. I was told I would require two years of physical therapy and would not be able to work hard physically (I was landscaping at the time) ever again.
|Tree growing inside "mud room" and exits roof.|
During the autumn of 2002 I purchased a small piece of property of 1.8 acres and finished building a cabin on it. Mountain bike and walking trails make for some nice casual after dinner jaunts.
Partly to prove something to myself as I built the majority of it by myself with very little help. As the property is "off grid" that first winter I did not have electricity or running water. A year later I was able to install solar power enough to run lights, laptop and other small devices. Getting water to the cabin was challenging at times as the road leading up to the property is very steep and I would often carry grocery items and drinking water on my bike up to the cabin.
|Scenic walkway from road to cabin|
|Several years later finally got some finish work done.|
It wasn't until the spring of 2007 that I was able to get some much needed finish work done to the exterior including trim and stucco work. A project that took so many years to complete should be well cared for and not just allowed to rot away. Property building in harsh climates requires some maintenance particularly after a hard winter. This cabin has held up to such severe winter snow storms that other buildings in the area were flattened. I was concerned about going to visit after the spring melt off, that I might find the place crushed. I was so pleased to see that the work I had done was good enough to still be standing after such a heavy storm. I have since sold the property to a family member who is not taking very good care of the place at all and who doesn't seem to care about it much for anything other than to have a false sense of possession. So, thought I would give my old cabin a blog about with some very nice photos to accompany it.
|Sink drain lines empty to drainage trough and are less likely to freeze in winter, propane line exits wall for easy propane hook up.|
|Cabin Interior with propane appliances including refrigerator and stove top with oven.|
|Composting toilet with PVC pipe vent installed above large south facing glass window.|
|Scenic view of Broken Off Point from property|
Have a nice day.
P.S. Lisa Piper of Natural Living provided a couple of the very nice photos here. Visit her shop at http://www.shopnaturallving.com