landscaping

it took a couple of months, but we finally got the ground to slope away from the building and grass growing again. just in time; the forecast is for snow. we had a blast designing, building, and now enjoying the outhouse, and encourage others to try this as well.

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soffits

on july 23rd and 24th, we added the soffits. what a pain this was. it took just about as much time to put up the siding, which actually does something, as it did to cut, slide, and then nail these damn things in. why don’t they make vinyl versions of this stuff that would snap in rather than trying to wedge these sharp edges together?

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siding

the next weekend was spent putting up vinyl siding. it took 62 twelve foot long pieces of double four inch to cover the nine by twenty by twelve foot tall structure. despite all the odd corners and cutouts, we all but finished in two days.

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tyvek and windows

on july ninth, we added tyvek and windows. the wrap was a struggle , with some loose spots when we were done, but the panes went on quickly. we nailed the windows over the tyvek and then added rubber tape to seal the joint.

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hot tub

on june 14th, we finally got our hot tub delivered. it took about forty minutes to fill, and then four hours to warm up. the next morning, we spent the morning soaking our tired muscles, admiring what we’ve done and plotting the completion of our efforts.

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the roof

the only other thing we hired out was putting on the roof. it took a single person less than two hours to screw the steel on to the purlins. it’s starting to look like a building.

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adding electricity

the building codes here pretty much require a licensed electrician to wire a hot tub, so we hired out this task. he ran ran three strands of #6 and a ground #10 thhn in 3/4 inch pvc from the main breaker to the building and into the large panel to the left. The sixty amp breaker in the upper right is connected to both the twenty amp room circuit in the lower left and fifty amp service in the lower right. This larger circuit goes into the smaller hot tub panel, where it is further split between a thirty amp heater and twenty amp pumps. wires for the room go through the gfci outlet to the left before rising to feed the lights and fans above.

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oriented strand board

on june 5th, we put up the osb walls. it was blisteringly hot, but we managed to get all eighteen pieces up in a day. in the picture below, you can see the four by eight foot door that will allow us to add or remove the hot tub.

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the ez pad

on may 29th, lori and i rented a tamper to pack the stone that will be underneath the hot tub. it probably wasn’t necessary but, for forty bucks, we’re assured that nothing’s going to shift and weaken the tub structure. after we tamped, we would use a board to level the surface and then tamp again. everything settled in four or five iterations. then we laid an ez pad hdpe foundation down to give us the ability to easily move the empty tub around. half the price of concrete and much more versatile, we’d recommend this base for anyone thinking of doing this.

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adding studs

during the next week, we studded out the walls. one bay at a time, they were assembled on the deck and lifted into position. four of the bays were completed when we took this picture.

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