Brayden Plummer

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Many thanks for your input. I am thinking I am going to make a test wall with the 6 inch logs just in a frame of scrap 6x6, I have kicking around before I build the entire cabin.

1 month ago
I am looking for advice on building a guest cabin on my property. We are in Zone 5. Building regulations state that it has to be under 108 square feet from the outside of the walls, so I am hoping to make the walls only 6 inches thick. I am not terribly worried about the insulation of the walls as with that small of a space a tiny wood stove or rocket mass stove will keep it more than warm even in the dead of winter. The idea is to timber frame an octagon from 6x6 white cedar I have harvested from my property and then fill in the walls with 6 inch white cedar rounds and cement.  For the foundation I am thinking of building a platform from 2x6 on deck blocks and covering with 2x6's.  Please let me know your thoughts as I continue the planning.

Thank you for your time.
Regards
Brayden
1 month ago
I have the tintend plexiglass I got free onto my greenhouse.  I have been a little worried about the tint and how it will impact plants growing. I downloaded a light meter app and did a little test.  Outside it said 75000 lux and inside it was 25000 lux, in very rough numbers. A difference of 50000 lux has me concerned.  That being said is the tinted plexiglass only blocking certain parts of the light spectrum and letting what the plants need through but not the brightness?  I have tried researching online and I can not make heads or tails out of what I can find. I am hoping that there is someone one here who can help me out.

Thank you for your time and sharing expertise.

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Brayden
2 months ago
The posts are 4 feet in concrete and backfilled with sand.  The earth is not going to be mounded heavily on the back wall.  I am going to push it up so there is a trench and then put more sand in right against the logs for better drainage.  The post are 8 inches thick and I am cross bracing to the other posts as well, so should be super solid.  That being said I will go slow and in layers while I am back filling.  I will post some more pictures as I go.
2 months ago
Thanks Chris.  I got everything free form Kijji. A lady way renovating her house and wanted it gone.  It took my brother and I about 5 hours to dismantle it.  It is actually double walled, I just have not got that far with it yet.
The plan is to stack water barrels on the north wall and integrate them with either a solar hot water system or rocket mass stove for the winter.  I will post when I get to that phase. Too many other projects on the go at the moment.
Regards
Brayden  
2 months ago
I thought I would post a picture on the progress of my greenhouse. My first location I had for it had to be abandoned after a distance visit from my engineer father in law. End up that I had gone way too deep and I had basically dug a spot for a pool by making the foundation the lowest spot in our entire garden.  Moved to a second location, which I am liking better anyways.  The plexiglass roof is on now and I have to put more logs and cross bracing on before I mound the dirt I excavated around the north and west side of it.  There will be windows for venting heat in the top just above grade on the north side, and a patio for taking a break while gardening on the east side. I am still not sure about the colour of the plexiglass and how that will impact plants but it is what came free with it so I will give it a try this year. I started to insulate the cracks in the logs but ran out of foam, so that has to be completed as well.  
Any input or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Regards
Brayden
2 months ago
My greenhouse is ticking along after I had to scrap the first hole I had planned for it and started over. I just thought I would see if anyone else had any further input for me about the tinted plexiglass.
Thank you for your time.

Regards
Brayden
3 months ago
Yes I was planning of just stacking them like that.  I could spray foam or something in the parts between, but it would be way easier to throw some foam boards behind them?  Just trying to save time and expense.
3 months ago
Sorry for the delay.  Been busy with clients and working on the property between rain/snow storms.  Here is a picture of the tinted plexiglass.  Please let me know your thoughts.
3 months ago
I after some wet weather that put the project on hold, I am about to start the next phase. I am now seeking advise on if I need to insulate the underground section of the greenhouse.  The retaining walls are going to be made from 6 inch diameter easter white cedar logs. From what I can see online for a soft wood the R value is 1.4 per inch, which would be roughly 8.5 R value for the walls.  Do I need to put foam in as well?  
As always I appreciate the input.
3 months ago