We installed wood flooring in the bedrooms, great room and dining room. It's an antique white pine which really adds to the rustic feel of the cabin. The wood was taken from old buildings and milled into random width tongue-and-groove boards.
Our boards, in particular, came from two 19th century barns in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Frederick County, Maryland. We could even see old paint on the backs of the boards, some nail holes and other signs of distress that added to it's rustic charm.
The wood's age makes it very dry so we let it air out in the cabin for more than a week; acclimating to prevent problems after installation.
We put resin paper on the subfloor to keep the squeaking to a minimum. We used a rented floor nailer to secure the tongues of the boards to the subfloor.
To account for seasonal swelling, we left gaps where the floor met the log walls. These were then filled with the flexible chinking material.
Kitchen & Bath Fixtures
For the basement bathroom, we chose a traditional style for the tub, pedestal sink and the toilet. The toilet is a water-saving unit that only uses 1 1/2 gallons per flush.
The whirlpool tub has controls you can set to fill automatically at the the time, depth, and temperature you want.
In the upstairs bathroom, we chose the same style toilet as in the basement. But here the tub and vanity hardware are finished in brushed chrome with ceramic handles.
For the vanity in this bathroom we had a unique idea. We bought an antique washstand, cut a hole in the top, and set in the new sink.
For the master bathroom, we chose new fixtures with antique styling. The Victorian tub is cast iron with a polished brass drain, faucet and handles. The free-standing installation allowed us to bring the plumbing through the floor and avoid cutting any logs.
The tank for this old-fashioned pull-chain toilet was installed on this log wall. To protect it from the settling logs, we attached a piece of plywood to a log and attached the tank to that.
In the kitchen, a double stainless steel sink went under the windows. It has a combination single-control faucet and pull-out sprayer.
The island bar sink is black enamel cast iron with a high arc polished chrome faucet and antique styled handles.