Just like most of my more recent posts, this one will have more pics than words. The last few weeks have been busy, along with a much needed few days of vacation.

A couple of weeks ago, my buddy Clark and his friend (now my friend) James came out to our place with James's newly acquired bucket lift. James brought out a trailer full of ATVs, and the wives and kids went and played in the woods. Clark, James, and I set about trying to find the perfect place to move the lift; much easier said than done! Because its axle is far back, it was hard to get it positioned on the hill. We probably spent three hours moving it around, unhooking it, leveling it, and seeing how it worked. We finally found a decent spot and it was very helpful. It would be a perfect rig to work off of if it weren't for the rough surroundings we have here.

By the end of the day (actually, it was pitch dark), Clark and I had placed all the roof underlayment, and re-secured the huge tarp so that the expected rain the next day wouldn't ruin our efforts. I'm super grateful for a friend like that! 

So, the roof is somewhat weather-proof...but the weather hasn't really cooperated in order for me to finish, so I've turned my attention to other things. I've run most of the electric, and placed the power subpanel that will run from the main house. It's not all tied together yet, but shouldn't take a lot of work other than running the main line. I bought some recessed lights and installed the ceiling and light in the bathroom to get a feel for the amount of light they will put out. I'm pretty happy about the light, and can actually take a few back because they put out more than anticipated. I went ahead and finished out the wood work in the bath, minus the far wall, which I decided, while on vacation, will now be a door that will go to an outside shower...at some point down the road.

Bought a vanity on sale and dry-fitted it yesterday. It fits perfectly. I also started installing insulation.

Oh, I also built a deck on the front! Forgot about that!

Not a lot of time this morning, so I'll let pics describe what I've missed.

A loft's view of the bucket lift.

A loft's view of the bucket lift.

Clark working to beat the darkness. I owe this guy big time.

Clark working to beat the darkness. I owe this guy big time.

An inside view of the roof sheathing being installed.

An inside view of the roof sheathing being installed.

Framing the deck. It's small, but perfect for a pair of Adirondack chairs, a side table, and a couple of cocktails. Two drink maximum right now, until I get the railing installed!

Framing the deck. It's small, but perfect for a pair of Adirondack chairs, a side table, and a couple of cocktails. Two drink maximum right now, until I get the railing installed!

Deck pretty much done, supported by four angled braces. I didn't like the aesthetics of more vertical lines.

Deck pretty much done, supported by four angled braces. I didn't like the aesthetics of more vertical lines.

The bathroom, with overhead light and red oak walls installed. Most rooms tend to feel smaller once they are "walled" in. This feels just the opposite; it actually feels bigger than I anticipated. This picture makes it look tiny. I'm really pleased with the 3" gambrel recessed light. I'm going to use less of those lights than I originally thought. Considered using LEDs, but they are still pricey, and since they won't be used every day, I didn't feel they were worth the investment. 

The bathroom, with overhead light and red oak walls installed. Most rooms tend to feel smaller once they are "walled" in. This feels just the opposite; it actually feels bigger than I anticipated. This picture makes it look tiny. I'm really pleased with the 3" gambrel recessed light. I'm going to use less of those lights than I originally thought. Considered using LEDs, but they are still pricey, and since they won't be used every day, I didn't feel they were worth the investment. 

A view from under the stairs, opposite angle from previous pic. Cutting the red oak vertically has been a real time zapper, but the rustic look is pretty awesome, I think.

A view from under the stairs, opposite angle from previous pic. Cutting the red oak vertically has been a real time zapper, but the rustic look is pretty awesome, I think.

This is the wall next to the vanity we bought this week. I recessed in some hand-cut shelves I made from excess scrap for storing toiletries, coffee cups, etc. 

This is the wall next to the vanity we bought this week. I recessed in some hand-cut shelves I made from excess scrap for storing toiletries, coffee cups, etc. 

Dry-fitting the vanity. Got it on close-out at Lowes. It fits perfectly. It sits right next to the main entrance.

Dry-fitting the vanity. Got it on close-out at Lowes. It fits perfectly. It sits right next to the main entrance.

Hmmmm, how did this pic get on here?? We went to visit my brother-in-law and his awesome girlfriend in Puerto Rico a couple weeks ago. It's about 7 degrees in Canton this morning. The low while we were in Puerto Rico was 70. A rainforest hike, snorkeling, body surfing, a moonlight kayak, and a few Medalla beers recharged our systems!

Hmmmm, how did this pic get on here?? We went to visit my brother-in-law and his awesome girlfriend in Puerto Rico a couple weeks ago. It's about 7 degrees in Canton this morning. The low while we were in Puerto Rico was 70. A rainforest hike, snorkeling, body surfing, a moonlight kayak, and a few Medalla beers recharged our systems!