Andrew, Dave and Ian have been framing for two weeks in a typical Vermont winter. They have enjoyed freezing rain, sleet, big snow and high winds.The first day it warmed up to 6 degrees F by noon. Two days later it was 45 degrees F and windy. Andrew recognized that "this would be way too easy in the summer". Having four pair of gloves helps and the nail guns go into the truck to thaw on the dashboard (defroster on high) to keep them happy.
The cardboard study model shows the form of the cabin and the size and layout of the windows and doors. A single sloping roof plane defines open kitchen, living and sleeping areas. Large south and east facing windows frame views of the Green Mountains.
Last year Andrew and I stayed in the Aviary cottage at Twins Farms in Barnard,VT. This one bedroom luxury retreat complete with a hot tub in front of the fireplace was an inspiration for our more modest cabin in the woods. At Twin Farms we enjoyed the private setting of the cottage and the walking paths that meandered through the woods and meadows.