As exciting as it was to experience the log clad underside of the lookout, it was even more exciting to have the upper portion finally installed. The lookout gives the lodge some much needed character to change it’s Noah’s Arc (that’s what some people were calling it) appearance. Now it is Noah’s Arc with a lookout!
These photos are from August 22nd, the day the lookout roof went on. It was a joyous day for all as the last big hole in the lodge was finally covered up! Even though the local farmers were sorely needing moisture, it was sure a good thing for the lodge’s sake we didn’t get any torrential rains that opened the ‘flood gates’ into the lower levels which already had walls and flooring completed. Anyway, that is behind us and now we can concentrate on being ready for business this fall!
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The lodge has grown! We are all so happy to have the lookout installed. It is one of our signature features and we expect it to be a popular attraction for our guests.
The Lookout. A 12' x 14' room on the roof of the lodge. The east and west walls each have a large 4' x 9' window and the north and south walls each have a pair of 3' x 4' windows.
New and improved Coteau des Prairies Lodge with 'The Lookout'. Now we just need to get the siding and porch roofs on and we'll really have a great looking place.
Nate Rude and Jerry Sapa finish sheeting the exterior walls of the lookout. Jerry said we should put some trapezoid windows up in the peak, but Nate said it was too late. 🙂
Joe Breker and Reuben Hoeffer hang out while the carpenters work at fastening the roof down.
Nate Rude fastens the roof with extra long, extra strong screws. We have to make sure that roof doesn't turn into a giant frisbee when we get our gale force winds.
Nate Rude grabs the roof and aligns it as the crane sets it down on the lookout. How would you like to do that?
Nate Rude waits for the roof by the lookout, above the lodge, as the crane brings it nearer. Wilder Benites and Joe Breker steady the roof with long ropes on either side of the lodge.
Up, up and away! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for such an exciting event.
Reuben Hoeffer, from Milnor, is the crane operator. He makes crane work look like its a piece of cake! Thanks Reuben!
Jay Callahan and Jerry Sapa make the final preparations on the lookout walls before the roof goes on. How do you like the view out the windows?
The SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) lookout roof is assembled and anxiously awaiting a lift to the peak of the lodge. The crane is preparing for the job.