Ok, so pressure treated lumber is more expensive than I thought
A trip to the nearby Lowes has set me back a few more bucks than I’d hoped. I needed to buy gravel to put under the concrete blocks and forgot to figure in the cost of pressure treated lumber. All-in-all I managed to get out spending about $350 instead of the $300 I budgeted. I ended up upgrading the floor to T&G plywood instead of OSB (firmer feel) and bought 3/4 ton of extra gravel (only $28 in a giant bag).
Building it by myself was actually pretty simple. I printed out several framing diagrams from the Internet ahead of time and with the aid of my trusty cordless circular saw (no 120 volt electricity up there) I was able to slam the deck and floor on in about 6 hours. That time includes about 3 hours for resting in the shade as it was 102 degrees by mid-afternoon. Since I was alone and working in the full sun, I decided to take my time and not push myself.
I think the hardest part of the decking was leveling it. Since I didn’t use a bulldozer, I had to scrape and gouge out the uphill side of the foundation by about 6 inches. This was a real pain as the dirt was hard and really dry. Once the perimeter was framed, I had to dig down the uphill blocks a few centimeters at a time in order to get a level reading. Back and forth, back and forth with the level and the shovel finally paid off. The deck is absolutely square AND level in every direction.
I covered it up with a $39 tarp and it’s now ready for the big push, the walls are going to go up in early October. I have a freelance job until then so hopefully it will cool off and I can convince a few friends to come up and join me. I figure that if I bring a generator and provide lots of beer, it should go up easily with 2 or 3 of us. Lowes will deliver a truckload of lumber for $79 so I can use the bed of my pickup truck to haul tools and fresh water. I’ve made friends with the guy in Contractor Services so calling in my order a day or two ahead will get the load delivered first thing on a Saturday morning.
There are some secret hot springs nearby and even a microbrewery with killer hot wings and mind-blowing red ale. Should be a VERY good weekend!