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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Vertebrae Lodge Window and Door Openings

Mountain Lodge Construction at Chatter Creek
As the log walls are erected, doorways and window openings are rough-cut as needed to provide access to the interior of the building. Most of the openings are not cut at all until the walls and the roof are completed.

To accommodate shrinkage of the walls around them, door and windows casings are placed in grooves (slots) so that the walls can shrink around them. Particular care is needed to ensure that these slots to not leak cold air so that the lodge is not drafty when temperatures dip well below zero.

Thermally sealed double pane windows were installed after the roof was on and most of the internal framing was complete.