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DayCreek Journal

October 5 , 2012

Progress on the Second Floor


Autumn Colorsá
View from the house looking at the Root River Valley and bluffs beyond.

Wow! It's been a while since I have written. It's certainly was a busy summer and now autumn is here already. I have lots to discuss.

July, August and part of September were spent working on the upstairs. After all these years working on this house, I can absolutely state with certainty that it is not a whole lot of fun working with strange angles, especially when having to make compound miter cuts at very strange angles. Installing crown molding was to put it bluntly...hell.

Here are some pics of the upstairs:

upstairs cordwood house

Here's a view of the upstairs loft area. I still need to complete the finishing touches on the center octagon, but it's almost done.


arched bedroom window

The upstairs guest bedroom has an arched window that overlooks the downstairs kitchen area. The late afternoon sun shines into the house and through the arched window into the bedroom.


upstairs bedroom cordwood house

Here's a view from inside the bedroom looking towards the arched window.


oak closet doors

The left side of the image is a futon with an exterior window above. A good sized closet is always nice for storage.


rustic railings

Here's a view from just outside the bedroom door looking out over the downstairs area. I'm really happy with how the wrought iron railings turned out. The posts are cedar fence posts planed and cut to size.


upstairs bathroom

The upstairs bathroom has a rather unique shower with curved glass doors and of course, I made a recycled glass vanity top.


recycled glass vanity top

Here's another view of the recycled glass vanity top and I also whittled a few tree branches that make great towel racks.


cordwood upstairs
The other half of the upstairs is an open area. We plan to make this into a living room with a few chairs, a couch, entertainment center and computer(s).

I still have a bit more work to do on the center octagon and I hope to finish everything up by the end of this year.

One thing I have learned over the years since building this house is that there's a lot more "stuff" besides building a house that you need to think about. There's always outdoor projects that need to be attended to: mowing, gardening, house maintenance, forest management and whatever else unexpectedly happens.

This year's unexpected surprise was a 200+ year old oak that fell over in a storm. I'm pretty sure it's actually closer to a 300 year old tree, but the base was so rotted that I can't count the rings. I have counted the rings on a few of the limbs and they were close to 170 years in age. It's fun to imagine what the area must have looked like when this tree was just a sapling. I would imagine it looked completely different compared to today. The land would have been unsettled and completely full of native species of quack grass, no buck-thorn, no wild mustard, etc.

Although I was deeply saddened to see this tree go, it will provide lots and lots of firewood and that's my current project. My plan is to waste little of the tree.

-- Alan Stankevitz


bur oak
old oak tree topples in storm