Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Deer Stand Improvements Part #4 and Outhouse

Well, I think we are wrapping up our Deer Stand Improvement series.  It is now up to "real time" as it stands today.  That, of course, doesn't mean that the improvement posts will end.  There are lofty ideas that usually come late at night while re-hydrating from a long days work.   I have heard mention of a look-out tower, more windows, bunk beds, retractable roof and the list goes on. 

The last big (most recent) project was the addition of a closet this fall.  When we have a crowd (which is often), we needed an overflow space for coats and extra junk...ok mostly junk.  The addition idea came straight from our friend, Hippy.

Here's a quick snapshot of the expansion:

1st, use the garden tiller to break up the rock that was just put there a few months before.
Standard equipment used in construction, right?
2nd, find a very useful (and cute) two year old to help set the foundation and back fill. 

3rd, measure out the dimensions so you'll have enough wood and not have to make a trek back to the big city for more...(that part of the plan didn't work well...still ran out but found piece parts laying around to patch together)
4th, put some walls up.
See...I'm helping...(Probably what threw off the wood to addition ratio).


5th, add chip board as siding...then stand up there like you are king of the mountain. 
 And paint...

6th, prep and cut out door (I guess this step came before the chip board otherwise you wouldn't have been able to get in to cut).  Not really sure but anyway it's cut out.  Now remember my post about the old outhouse?  Here the other half being purposed out. 

The deconstruction starts...
Mock it up to see how it's all going to work.
 Time for a hole to be cut! 
 We have light!  

As I understand the outhouse story...

About 39 years ago, the old outhouse made it's commute to this farm in 1973 from a neighbor down the road.  Larry & Margaret (Larry grew up on this farm) wanted the outhouse for use down by the river and by a trailer they had down there at one time.  The previous owners of the outhouse offered to deliver it with a tractor with an end loader.  The outhouse did manage to fall off the tractor making the turn into the field but no apparent damage.  I'm sure he was regretting the offer to deliver.  Another passerby even offered to purchase the outhouse on it's commute to it's resting place.  Larry turned him down; he just needed an out house and refused the offer.  We tore it down and told Larry & Margaret that it would be popping back up one day.  And it sure did! 

One little fact that I was unaware of is that every Spring (or so) people cleaned out their outhouse and some even wallpapered it! I was shocked to see that there was wallpaper inside an outhouse!

I think Larry and Margaret are proud of what we have done with the farm and can't wait to see what else we have up our sleeve.  I really love all the old stories that come from Larry & Margaret.  They both have huge hearts and we enjoy seeing them as they come by to visit often.     

 Dogs love it....

People love it...

Some of us...are just tired from working on it....

Well..that's all for now....


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