The 57 acres that comprise Cedar Ridge Farm are located in the beautiful rolling hills of South Central Kentucky. My wife, our four children, and I are on a homesteading adventure as we work toward increased self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food and enjoy being in touch with the agrarian roots of our lives.

One of the major projects we have undertaken is the building of our own home. The house we're building has three major distinguishing features: 1. we're building it without incurring any debt; 2. it is a timber frame structure; and 3. the exterior walls will be plastered straw bales. We live debt and mortgage free, and building our house with that approach makes perfect sense. Large timbers in a home possess a beauty and project a sense of strength, stability, and warmth that we want in our home. Straw bale walls provide insulation and make ecological sense. This blog is a record of our home-building project.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Update: the rest of the ceiling

I have been very negligent in taking care of my blog. It's kind of a slow time of year because of the weather and amount of daylight. These things have affected my work on the house. Also, as the year progressed, the amount of money in the house budget dwindled down to almost nothing. That certainly impacted what I've gotten done.

Prior to Thanksgiving I had as my goal the completion of the cathedral ceiling. I wanted it all on and at least some tar paper on top to keep out some of the water. So, I continued my working of the ceiling boards -- planing, cutting to length, edging, and rabbeting. I was able to get ceiling finished prior to the opening of modern gun season for deer here in my area (November 10th). Here are some photos I took just after finishing it:

Yeah, I could've added some more text. I'll do that on some other items soon. But for now, you can see the pictures.

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