Thursday, February 2, 2023


Interior finishing has been labor intensive.   We have installed approximately 2,200 lineal feet of 1x8 tongue and groove pine boards.   They have been stained and 2 coats of polyurethane applied.  All of the ceilings - either t&g boards or barnwood, have been installed.   The headboard design in the master bedroom is nearing completion.  All of the stairway openings are mostly complete, including stairway lighting.    The bedroom on the second floor has sheetrock on the walls and the toilet area - tucked under the curved stairway on the 3rd floor is nearing completion - barnwood on the ceiling and walls.

Saturday, January 7, 2023


We have finally completed the 16' high ceiling on the fourth floor - complete with a ceiling fan with a 5' downrod.   The 4' high wainscoting of t&g boards is complete and sheetrock to the ceiling - sanded, painted and trim boards installed    the 1x8 t&g is continued down the exterior wall of the stairway and then back to the 4' high wainscoting  across the landing and into the next stair way opening.   The ceiling is complete across the landing and into the stairway opening with a 16' high ceiling at the lower end.    we had to set up some type of temporary floor planks across the opening so we could reach the ceiling.  Angles everywhere and progress is very slow.  We cut a 24" x 60" opening in the silo wall on the fourth floor, to create a viewing vista of the flinthills

Tuesday, December 20, 2022


I have been working when I can on the silo.   Oct, Nov and December have been extremely busy with renters at the cabin..    We now have an official name for the silo - OWL'S NEST SILO.    A new sign has been install at the entrance of the silo.   I managed to get some grass seed to germinate - hope it makes it through the winter.   A propane tank was install and hooked up.   We now have gas in the silo!   Everything is insulated!   Rough in electrical, plumbing and gas lines are mostly complete.   A 5 zone minisplit  heating and air conditioning system has been installed.   The ceiling on the 4th floor (16' high) has been completed -   plywood on the ceiling - painted black. 2x6 's attached in a reciprocal roof design have been installed...The walls on the 4th floor have been sheetrocked 12' down.   The horizontal seams have been mudded and taped and are ready to sand, prime and paint.   Once we get the ceiling fan installed, we will remove the scaffolding, which has been residing on the 4th floor for nearly 5 months.     We have cut an opening in the silo on the first floor to add a window.   It took most of an afternoon, but it adds lots of light to the living room area.    I have plans to do the same for 2 windows on the 4th floor - 36' above the ground.   It will certainly be more of a challenge.  

Saturday, November 5, 2022


Progress is slow at the silo.   We have visitors almost continually at the cabin.  The HVAC is now completed!  We will have a 5 zone minisplit system with a heating and ac unit on each floor-  so each floor can be controlled independently.    We have finished the outside of the entry room - rock veneer, siding and painting.   The windows finally arrivved and all of the original opening on the silo now have windows .      I have 3 more windows to cut into the silo wall - one in the living room wall and 2 in the master bedroom.    Not quite sure how I am going to accomplish that, but the time is getting near.     Now that all of the tubing for the hvac is in,   we are starting to insulate all of the walls.  The perimeter walls are comprised of 19 polygons.   Where each polygon touches another polygon, we are trying to separate the 2 boards and put in some insulation.   Then we will foam along the edges of each board where they touch the silo wall.

Sunday, October 9, 2022


It has been a couple of months since I posted.   Many renters at the cabin and have probably on work a dozen days in the last two months.   Currently waiting on windows and heating and air.   We have been finishing up the exterior of the addition - window and door trim, soffitt, rock.    We also finshed the septic tank and lateral lines.  Cold weather is coming, so we are working, when we can, on getting the exterior buttoned up.

 2-1-2023 Interior finishing has been labor intensive.   We have installed approximately 2,200 lineal feet of 1x8 tongue and groove pine boa...