Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Cabin Arrives!

Thursday was the big day!  The cabin was scheduled to arrive around 12:30 p.m. It's 24 feet long and 14 feet wide, so I started to worry that the truck wouldn't be able to maneuver around a brush pile, cedar logs and the pond to get the cabin onto the pad. I spent the first few hours of the morning chopping away a wide enough path for it's arrival.

I have to say, it's pretty amazing to watch a big truck move with such ease, and deposit a building in a grove of trees.

This driver was a pro. The delivery is figured into the cost of the building, so it was really an economical way to get a structure onto our land. In fact, it was about $3,000 less than building a similar structure and only drying it in.

"Drying it in" means that the exterior walls and roof are on the structure, but the inside has not been finished, so no rooms, kitchen, floors, or even real walls. Just a building shell. Our little red cabin included insulation, so that made the portable cabin an even better buy. Plus, it only took an hour to set it up and level it on the pad. It would have taken us months to build it.

I was completely fascinated with the leveling process. The trailer moved at every angle possible. The driver had a little remote control that he used to work the trailer and level the building onto 16 inches of concrete blocks. Totally fun to watch, and so fast and efficient. 

I paid an extra $75 for the driver to set the blocks and level the building. I told him I was totally fascinated with his cool remote control, and he laughed and said he wouldn't do his job without it. Technology in the country! Even the good ol' boys embrace it.

It is amazing how quickly I felt myself completely relax and settle down once that little building was in place and I was alone with it. The country is so quiet and peaceful, and knowing that we have a little house to come to really felt like a spiritual shift. I felt like myself for the first time in 5 years.

Tammy was able to join me on Friday, and she quickly got to work making steps into our new little retreat. By Saturday, our property finally felt like the country get-a-way we intended it to be when we bought a heavily wooded, rough, swampy raw piece of land two and a half years ago.

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