Hexemaus Farms

Adventures in Homesteading


And so it begins…cordwood dog kennel Day 1

Josh (my youngest son) and I had a few hours to spare Friday afternoon, so we decided to get started on the kennels. He’s already brought several of the larger pine logs up from the back property, and I already bought some starter supplies, so we figured why wait?

As you can see from the picture, we only had enough daylight to site the exact spot for the kennels and sink two posts. Man, did it ever feel good to break a sweat! And now that we got the first two posts in, and could actually measure out where the walls would go, we’ve already made some modifications. Five feet wide is going to be a little narrower than I’d like, but not enough to warrant a change.

The length, however, is just not long enough for our active dogs. So we’re adding another 5 feet to the length of the kennels for a finished size of 5 ft by 15 ft per dog. I think that will give them a more comfortable space to call home.

The weather guy says it’s going to be nice and sunny, with highs in the high 60s to low 70s this week. If that holds true, I hope to at least have all the posts in before next weekend. We only have a few hours a day once I finish writing work, so we definitely won’t be speed building. That’s okay…we’re in no huge rush to move the dogs. There’s still lots of septic work to do before I’ll be ready to get the garden started.

In the meantime, I think I’m going to plan my seed starting and get that going in the laundry room. It would be nice to have sprouts and seedlings to transfer to the garden once it’s ready. Hopefully I don’t kill them off this year. :)

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