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Step-by-Step Construction of the Field & Stream Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Phase 1: Laying the Foundation
Construction of the Field & Stream cabin is underway at the Sterling Ridge property in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

The site, overlooking a bass lake, was cleared in May after the ground thawed and dried. The area for the foundation was excavated, pipes for water and septic were laid down, and the foundation floor was poured.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

In June, trucks delivered the ReddiForm insulating concrete form blocks, which are used to build the cabin's foundation. These panels, made of foam, are assembled into the correct shape, reinfoced with rebar, then filled concrete. They're a vast improvement over foundations poured into plywood molds because the foam not only keeps moisture out of the finished basement, but insulates it as well.

The following photos show the construction crew finishing the foundation.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Assembled ReddiForm panels

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Sideview of panel, showing opening where concrete will flow.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Filling in the spaces between Reddiform panels.

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Workers review plans for the foundation

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Workers start to pour concrete into the panels

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Worker pours concrete into foundation. This area will be beneath the master bedroom.

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Topping off the back wall of the foundation

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Shoring up the foundation so that it sets correctly.

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Phase 2: Framing the Floor
Construction workers begin to frame out the deck (floor).

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Worker carries a 2x6 to add to the deck frame.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Work begins on the stairwell to the basement.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Particle board sheets are laid down on the deck frame.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Field & Stream visits the site.Scott Peterson (left), owner of Sterling Ridge, reports on how the cabin is progressing (so far, everything is on schedule). That's Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans in the center and Deputy Editor Jay Cassell on the right.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Evans and Peterson go over plans in the basement.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Truck bringing in fill for around the foundation

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The view from the porch. Our rocking chairs and fishing rods are ready.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Phase 3: Putting up the Walls and the Roof

The sub-floor is complete. Now the construction crew is starting on the walls.

All logs for the walls are numbered by Northeastern Log Homes at the plant, so it's easy to figure out which log goes where. The logs are also milled with a three-tiered tongue and groove joint. Each tier of logs has a continuous foam gasket and caulking for insulation and protection against the elements. And each log has a slight overhang, to create a drip edge that sheds water much like clapboard does.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Assembling the walls involves laying a row, then applying the foam gasket and caulking.

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The cabin takes shape. The log walls have been completed and the deck structure, with composite floor boards, has been installed.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The bumpout off the master bedroom (on the front right corner as you look at the picture above) was created to provide space for a large hot tub overlooking the forest.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The frame for the chimney and the back wall takes shape. The roof will soon be closed to the weather, allowing interior work to move at a faster pace.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Construction of the dormers has started. The frame for the chimney is sheathed in "Oriented Strand Board,-¿ which is fast replacing plywood as a construction material of choice. According to our builders, it has more reliable nailing characteristics and greater resistance to moisture and water.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Having a full basement is ideal for any hunting or fishing camp and preferable to building over a crawl space or slab. Yes, it costs more, but think of all the gear you can store downstairs! The basement door is big enough to accommodate ATVs and small boats. Both the chimney and basement walls will be covered with a stone veneer called "Cultured Stones,-¿ made of lightweight cement and aggregate materials, from Owens Corning.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The roof is almost closed. And check out the green composite flooring, by CorrectDeck, on the deck. The stuff lasts forever, comes with a natural wood grain, and is available in a range of colors. Plus, it has invisible fasteners, so you don't see any nails.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Phase 4: Finishing the Roof & Windows, Starting on the Interior
With the roof closed up, work on the interior has begun. This is the stairway leading to the game room and bedrooms upstairs. The view is from what will be the great room.

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The kitchen, almost ready for windows.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The roof is finished. The fascia boards and soffits have been installed, the felt paper has been put down, and the architectural roof shingles are on.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

This is the view from the rear of hte cabin. The first floor windows are in. As soon as we get the windows into the gables and hang the exterior doors, we'll move into high gear on the interior.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The grass is starting to grow. Ornamental shrubs and flowers won't be far behind. Framing for the chimney is up; we'll be working to complete the chimney soon.

Glenn Callahan

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

There were some bass working the surface here earlier in the day. Can't we just stop building and go fishing?

Dick Pirozzolo

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Phase 5: Entering the Home Stretch (10/09/06)
Deputy Editor Jay Cassell paid a visit to Jeffersonville, Vermont, late last month and brought back a few shots of the Field & Stream dream cabin. Construction is still on schedule for a mid-November completion date. This side view shows the opening into the basement (behind the owner Scott Petersen's 4wd Mule). That's Scott on the right, going through the latest delivery of materials.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The fireplace is installed in the great room. A "cultured stone-¿ veneer will cover the face of the fireplace as well as the chimney.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The construction crew is waiting for a molded stall shower to be delivered before they finish this side deck entryway into the master bedroom (the stall won't fit through the door after the door is finished).

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

This is the view from the master bedroom, looking into the great room. Interior walls will soon close off this section.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Upstairs, Scott explains that he decided to omit one of the bedroom walls so that guests can look down into the great room. A railing will be put up in place of the walls. This opens up the whole cabin, and lets sunlight filter into the nooks and crannies. A good idea!

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

This is the ceiling (interior) of the big gable dormer located over the game room. Wood trim will cover the ends of the boards, rafter, and black metal hanger at the intersecting corner. Cabin owners have the option of using all wood on the ceiling and interior walls, or they may want to finish some of the interior partitions and ceiling with wallboard.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Looking down into the great room from one of the upstairs bedrooms. A sleep sofa will probably go here, instead of a bunkbed. That's the second floor bathroom area on the right.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Cassell (left) and Petersen inspect the Cultured Stone veneer going up on the chimney's exterior. It looks good, doesn't it? These -¿stones' don't weigh much, making them easy to work with.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

These small timberframe trusses on the gables are pre-cut and numbered at the Northeastern Log Homes factory for easy assembly and installation. The decorative trusses give the oversized eaves impact and help create a traditional lakeside cabin look. The forest green trim, window frames, and porch decking provide a nice contrast to the logs, stone foundation, and chimney.

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

The view looking up from the lakefront. The grass is coming in nicely; shrubs and flowers are next. All we need is a railing around the deck and Cultured Stone veneer all the way up the chimney, and the exterior will be almost done!

Jay Cassell

Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

Blueprint of the finished cabin.

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Building the Dream Cabin

Building the Dream Cabin

An artisit's depiction of the completed cabin.

Michael Llwellyn


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The Cabin, Completed!
Construction on the Field & Stream Dream Cabin was finished in November. Deputy Editor Jay Cassell drove up to check it out on a crisp northern Vermont day earlier this fall. The following pictures show what he found.

"We followed your recommendations and gave it a wraparound porch, chimney, and double doors leading to storage in the basement."

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"Our own section of Sterling Ridge Lake. We trimmed dead branches off the hemlocks to gain a better view. We hope to put a dock on the lake in the spring."

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"Can you picture yourself sitting in a rocker, looking out at the lake, telling fishing stories with your friends? We can too."

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"The sliding doors enter right into the dining area."

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"Our dining room looks out at the driveway. Readers asked for an island with bar stools when they took the Dream Cabin Survey, so we gave them what they wanted."

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"This is the great room, as shown from the upstairs loft. Who wouldn't want to spend a winter night in the rocking chair, reading the latest issue of Field & Stream? Owners Scott and Susan Peterson's golden, Max, would be more than happy to curl up by the fireplace with you. (Rocking chair, love seat, cocktail table, end tables and lamps, and fireplace utensils are from Bass Pro Shops; moose antler chandelier is from Hurd's Antler Art; 10-point buck is from Scott Peterson.)"

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"Closeup of antler lamp, from Hurd's Antler Art."

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"On closer inspection, that's a 12-pointer. The rainbow trout sculpture is from Bass Pro Shops."

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"The wall opposite the fireplace features a desk and a gun rack."

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The master bedroom also has a great view of the lake. Not shown is a door leading out to the side deck.

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"Upstairs, we opened up one room so that it overlooks the great room. You could read up here, or fold out the love seat and take a nap. The black bear was taken in Jackman, Maine, just a few years ago."

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SUPPLIERS
We wish to thank the following companies for their participation in the Field & Stream cabin project.


Andersen Windows.
800-426-4261
andersenwindows.com

Bass Pro Shops (interior furnishings)
800-465-2628
basspro.com

Cabot Stains
800-US-STAIN
cabotstain.com

Congoleum (flooring)
800-934-3567
congoleum.com

CorrectDeck (exterior decking)
877-DECK877
correctdeck.com

Eemax (water heater)
800-543-6163
eemax.com

Jeld-Wen (interior doors)
877-JELD-INC
jeldwen.com

Northeastern Log Homes
800-624-2797
northeasternlog.com.

Owens Corning (Cultured Stone veneer)
800-GET-PINK
owenscorning.com

ReddiForm (foundation forms)
800-334-4303
reddiform.com

Therma-Tru (exterior doors)
800-THERMATRU
thermatru.com

Utica Boilers (furnace)
800-325-5479
uticaboilers.com

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