I finally got the chance to work on my cabin over the last two weekends. Between a busy schedule and the lousy spring weather in Wisconsin, this was the first chance I have had. Unfortunately though, I’ve had to spend the time taping and mudding drywall – definitely not my favorite pastime. This is something I really wish I could have hired out, but I just couldn’t find anyone to do it for a reasonable cost.
Of the five people I approached, one quoted me 2 grand, two never even sent me a quote, and two others said they would do it but bailed out in the end. One of the guys that bailed on me was even an out of work drywaller. Anyway, it’s about 90% done right now and I just need a few more hours for some finish coats. I plan to start painting after that and then get the kitchen and bedroom finished.
In lieu of working on the cabin in the previous months, I have made several trips to Ikea to acquire my furnishings. Nearly everything, including the kitchen sink, will be from Ikea. I really like the design of their furniture, and while it may not be the highest quality, it will be more than adequate for a cabin that is used maybe 30 days a year. I did set up some of the furniture, as you can see in the pictures, even though the walls and floor aren’t finished yet. While I have to move them around a lot, having just a few comfort items there makes all the difference when spending a weekend up there.
I do have a couple of gripes with Ikea though. First off, they have well known inventory problems. It’s frustrating to travel 240 miles round trip to an Ikea store to find that they are missing a critical component. In my case, they are out of stock on their solid wood kitchen countertops and do not expect them in for another 10 weeks. Secondly, their customer service sucks. I had to wait 40 minutes to return an item right after I bought it due to a mistake by one of their kitchen designers. I guess this is the true cost for cool furniture at reasonable prices.
There’s not much happening with the exterior right now as I’m first trying to make the interior as livable as possible. I did add some LED Christmas tree lights to the outside for night lighting though. I would normally consider this quite tacky, but I’m kind of forced into using them for the power savings with my meager electrical system. If my next door neighbor did this where I usually live I wouldn’t be happy, but fortunately I don’t have any neighbors that can see my cabin. The lights only use a total of 9 watts of power, and give off just the right amount of light to see where you’re walking and still enjoy the night sky.
One last thing. Even though I’m not a farmer, I love living in farm country. Wisconsin is so beautiful in the summer, and the farms are a large part of that. Most of the farms in northern Wisconsin seem to be cut out of the surrounding forests – a far cry from the endless farms in the flat states to the south. The best part is that I get to enjoy the view without doing any of the work.