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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted November 09, 2013 - 04:36 PM

This is one that I have wanted to model for a long time. .....

I grew up living in a log home on 80 acres of woods about 15 miles south of Traverse City, Michigan.
The house started out as a one room building in the early 30's and was added onto thru the years.
It sat in a natural clearing in the woods about 1/3 of a mile back off the road.

The house was built from ceder logs that were taken off the property.

My father sold the house and property to a couple from Ohio in 1965.
They used it for summer vacations and for deer hunting season and it sat empty the rest of the time.

In 1971 it was up for sale again ( for more than I could afford ) and Marie and I drove in and took some photos of the place.
Here are a couple of those photos.

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Marie and I moved to Indiana in 1973 and lived there until 2000 when we moved back to the Traverse City area.

During that time the property had been sold about a half dozen times and most winters it sat empty because it was a big job trying to keep that long drive plowed.

The property has been for sale now for the last 5 years and the house hasn't been lived in for several years.

Last spring we drove back there again to see what the old place looked like and it was a very sad experience.
It doesn't look too bad in the photos that I took of the outside but I doubt if anyone will ever live in the house again.

There is about 6 foot of water in the basement and the floors and walls are  warped and buckled on the inside from all the moisture.
Most of the windows and doors won't open or close from the warpage.
The interior is all varnished knotty pine and was a nice light blond color when I lived there.
Over the years is has darkened so much that is is almost chocolate brown now.


A room with a double glass door has been built onto the right side of the house.

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In this photo you can see where the logs along the bottom must have rotted out and someone patched the area up.
You can also see where the roof was on the back of the original one room building.

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Some of the foundation stones and the rear door step are falling away.

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On the west side of the house, some one had cut the wall out and put in a longer window.

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The worst looking modification is the "outhouse" setting up on the roof.
We had a big field-stone fireplace with the stone chimney extending up thru the roof.
I can only assume that started to come apart and leak so they built that "outhouse" around it.

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So .. this is going to be my next project and I'm going to build it as it was when I was a kid living in it.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 04:49 PM

Will be following with great interest Ray. Roger.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 05:47 PM

Yeah, nothing is the same as when we were kids. I remember my grandmother's house getting smaller and smaller as I got older.

 

That will be great to model as you remember it. I take it that the logs were covered over with siding? Is the whole house log? Someone could maybe save the logs and build a smaller summer house.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 05:48 PM

Ray, I think that will be a nice memorial to your childhood home. I'm glad you got to see it again, even if it wasnt in the condition you would've liked, at least you can say you got the chance to visit.
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Posted November 09, 2013 - 06:27 PM

Cool another Raybuild. Can't wait


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 06:29 PM

 I take it that the logs were covered over with siding? Is the whole house log? Someone could maybe save the logs and build a smaller summer house.

I'm not sure what you mean by "covered with siding" ?

The whole house was built out of logs.

The additions and repaired areas were covered with plywood.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 07:04 PM

Sad story Ray but glad you got to see it. Like mentioned is there a way you could salvage some of the material & rebuild it? Looking forward to your project.
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Posted November 09, 2013 - 07:06 PM

Sad story Ray but glad you got to see it. Like mentioned is there a way you could salvage some of the material & rebuild it? Looking forward to your project.

Maybe he could build his model from actual cabin parts.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 08:50 PM

Many old log cabins were later modernized by covering the logs with half lap siding. The only way you could tell it was log built was the depth of the window sills and door way.

 

I can't tell from the pictures but it seems the house is covered with boards and battens.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 09:19 PM

Many old log cabins were later modernized by covering the logs with half lap siding. The only way you could tell it was log built was the depth of the window sills and door way.

 

I can't tell from the pictures but it seems the house is covered with boards and battens.

The house is built out of ceder logs that are set vertical instead of horizontal like most log homes.


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Posted November 09, 2013 - 09:58 PM

Okay, now I see! That's going to be really interesting to model.


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Posted November 11, 2013 - 10:38 AM

How much is the property and house for sale for now?



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Posted November 24, 2013 - 09:38 AM

Dad bought 6-pane windows for the house.
He put three of them together for each of the big windows on the ground floor and two of them together for the big windows in the up stairs.

I've gotten the sets of windows glued together and primed and here are some of the wall panels with the window openings cut out in a couple of them.

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The base of the house is cut out and some of the wall panels are glued on.
My room was upstairs at the very end and had two small windows in it as you can see here.

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Most of the buildings that I have built have had a printed paper siding glued onto the walls.
For this one, I've bought a bunch of small wood dowels that will be cut to individual "logs" and glued onto the wall panels.

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Posted November 24, 2013 - 09:50 AM

For this one, I've bought a bunch of small wood dowels that will be cut to individual "logs" and glued onto the wall panels.
 

 

:say_what:  Wow, there's an exercise in patience. :worshippy1:


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Posted November 24, 2013 - 10:20 AM

I was wondering what happened to ya. That's looking good. Like Willy mentioned is there a way you could get a piece of the actual cabin & use it on your project....that would add to your great story.
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