ALL GOES WRONG | Amateurs Renovate Cabin in the Woods

Nov 8, 2020
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WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING | Our third week living at our cabin in the woods while we attempt to renovate it into our dream home and... well, all goes wrong 😂 .
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Here it is friends: the new adventure we've been dreaming and saving for since we first met 8 years ago. We've always envisioned moving into the woods by the lake and building our dream tiny cabin as a home base for us to come back to in between our international travels. We cannot wait to have a place to call our own!! Sharing our first days of life up at our cabin in the woods 🌲
Looking forward to all of the home renovations and cabin improvements we'll be tackling this winter!
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How Did We Get Here?
Abandoning our Van in Africa
After an incredible 3 years of living, working, and traveling in our self converted Sprinter Van we made the very tough decision to abandon it in Africa to take a rescue flight back to Canada. As it has for all of us this global pandemic has flipped our world upside down. When our Prime Minister announced that he was sending repatriation flights over to Africa to pick up Canadians who were stuck (due to border closures) we consulted with friends and family closest to us and realized that in this time of crisis we should be back in our home country. Halting our dream of driving around the world was a hard pill to swallow which is why we knew we needed a big project to keep our mind + body busy while social distancing back here in Toronto. Enter building an off-grid tiny house on wheels!! But after nearly 6 months, we realized that our dreams of continuing van life across North America in our new van build were not a current reality with the state of the world. So, we've found ourselves pursuing something we've dreamed of since we first got together 8 years ago... a cabin in the woods 😊
Tour the renovations we've done to our self converted sprinter van:
VAN TOUR after 2 years living in our TINY HOUSE on wheels
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Who are we?
We're Eamon and Bec, a Toronto-based couple who live full-time in our self converted Sprinter Van!! SUBSCRIBE for wanderlust travel, behind the scenes of what it's really like to live in a van, and videos all about the yummy vegan food we make + eat! VAN LIFE COUPLE.
Our goal here is to inspire you to chase after your own dreams however big (or small... tiny homes anyone?) they may be! We hope to create a community of like-minded, positive individuals who will grow to love and support one another on their own journeys.

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    Eamon & BecEamon & Bec5 months ago
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      Rangana SenevirathnaRangana Senevirathna4 months ago
  • I do declare Bob a Canadian Treasure. That guy is top notch!! “Im not an engineer, Im just a guy driving by.” Love it!

    Scarlett SummerScarlett SummerMonth ago
  • Is this really how you build stuff in Canada/US (20:57)?? By just dropping a cement block on the ground that can be easily lifted by a single man and sticking a log on it?? What if a strong wind blows?? Everything will be blown up in the air!! Here in Europe we would dig a 1meter hole on the ground, we would poor cement in it and create a strong base at the bottom of the hole, then put the log inside the hole and then fill in the hole with more cement until the cement reaches level of the ground. Do that for all the pillars and then support the whole roof on those log pillars, providing a really strong foundation for the whole structure.

    Aristotelis GAristotelis GMonth ago
  • What could she be hiding behind her back here (18:56)??

    Aristotelis GAristotelis GMonth ago
  • I knew y'all would get it done and I knew it would look great y'all do awesome God bless y'all you live in such a beautiful place thank you so much for sharing this this is awesome and right now at this time I really honestly just needed to be able to watch something that was going to be good and made me laugh and it's awesome thank you so much God bless you all

    Tammy ProvostTammy ProvostMonth ago
  • ...💜🍁💜🎵💚🎵💙🎵💛🎶 ... 💜 luv n light blessings ✝️💜...

    VIKI MVIKI MMonth ago
  • Voce linda rainha e modelo e bailarina e atriz muito linda obrigado de coracao linda filmagem

    Edson DantasEdson DantasMonth ago
  • Voce e um excelente engenheiro

    Edson DantasEdson DantasMonth ago
  • My family and I went on a cottage trip for a week and I’m pretty sure it was 15 minutes from that Foodland... or they all look the same up North...😂

    Janelle MoermanJanelle MoermanMonth ago
  • Where is your van at?

    duncan1608duncan1608Month ago
  • Just love Bob 😀

    Clare HedgecoxClare Hedgecox2 months ago
  • 👍🇳🇱

    hollandduck79hollandduck792 months ago
  • Bob is best :D

    Hassan HHassan H2 months ago
  • Maybe a inside filter for the dryer would have been a better idea or maybe just one more thing to be cleaning...

    Harvey MushmanHarvey Mushman2 months ago
  • Are you guys sponsored by Milwaukee? Literally even down to the safety glasses and gloves, everything Milwaukee!

    Zac ValentineZac Valentine2 months ago
  • Are you Californians by any chance..

    Jack GurteeenJack Gurteeen2 months ago
  • I haven't read all the comments, so maybe this has been mentioned. I'm worried about uplift on the lean to. I'm not an engineer, but I've seen such structures fail from high winds. It looks like its pretty protected there, but I guess I'm the overbuild, paranoid type. After you finish all your other projects, you might add a cable and a helical anchor to each end of the beam. Love your vlog!

    John BoehJohn Boeh2 months ago
  • Take of the bed cover will give you more space

    Jandre TruterJandre Truter2 months ago
  • What Did he say at 3:51? ;)

    yatwobobyatwobob2 months ago
  • Love out takes , please do more.

    Robert ZillioxRobert Zilliox2 months ago
  • I know this is in the past - but I was yelling at the screen about snow load before Bob showed up and corrected things

    Dave SinclairDave Sinclair2 months ago
  • Such an inspiring video! My partner and I have also decided to buy a cabin in the woods and have spent the summer renovating it. It has been so much fun and we have really enjoyed the never ending projects that came with it. Check out our channel to watch more! :)

    aurora & adamaurora & adam2 months ago
  • Well done Bob

    Brenno Araujo de OliveiraBrenno Araujo de Oliveira2 months ago
  • Rat snake Rikki...Ricky is hibernating underground for all snakes do.

    zfilmmakerzfilmmaker3 months ago
  • Rattlesnake Ricky ........ hahahahahahahaha

    Naturally Eco AustraliaNaturally Eco Australia3 months ago
  • I miss the van

    ABH-DZABH-DZ3 months ago
  • Eamon **** Can you please check whether you need PIPE INSERTS for your pipe.... I know in the UK we have inserts that go into the pipe prior to the pipe going into the fitting... without these they blow out****

    Danny BaroneDanny Barone3 months ago
  • Hey love your videos🥰just want to ask where and what brand are your brown boots? I want to buy 😊

    Charit DycaicoCharit Dycaico3 months ago
  • 👍

    ZoVoZZoVoZ3 months ago
  • Loving all the DIY 😁

    Elaine and GabrielElaine and Gabriel3 months ago
  • This is better than vanlife!

    R MR M4 months ago
  • Hey Bob! He is awesome customer service for Chaiwala! I would have ordered but shipping is crazy. I will wait till I can take a vacation to Canada. Cabin is looking great! your work ethic is amazing.

    Clarissa SprangersClarissa Sprangers4 months ago
  • Good job!

    Anibal RuthesAnibal Ruthes4 months ago
  • so good, I feel very inspired!! I can't wait to finish university and be able to do this myself :) Also I am curious, is 'Québec garage' actually a commonly used term in Ontario? I have lived in Québec my entire life and I have only heard them referred to as 'tempo' hihi

    JasJas4 months ago
  • Wait to people outside of Quebec call them “Quebec garage”???? 😂

    Éliane ParéÉliane Paré4 months ago
  • do you guys know winter is coming?

    Gary KatzenmaierGary Katzenmaier4 months ago
  • The easiest way to back up a trailer is grab the wheel at the bottom (6 O-clock) position then turn the wheel the way you want the trailer to go.

    Perry LeleuxPerry Leleux4 months ago
  • How much for your van? If you were selling it? Maybe you guys could do van builds too lol.

    Tricia SteeleTricia Steele4 months ago
  • The fact that you're calling it a "Québec garage" has me DED!!!!! 💀 Because it's so so accurate

    Sedona ChristinaSedona Christina4 months ago
  • Oh waw ,I am enjoying so much your videos. Keep up the fantastic job, you are an inspiration for the young people 🎊and you two are so positive and have a Happy Vibes🌻💕

    Betty FontBetty Font4 months ago
  • “We’re going through wooooooood😳” 😂😂😂😂

    Alex WinsteadAlex Winstead4 months ago
  • Sour Losers lol.

    Binoy VudiBinoy Vudi4 months ago
  • You will use less wood if you put in some insulation! That Black Joe on the walls behind and beside the wood stove, is not holding a lot of heat.

    Hugh RoneyHugh Roney4 months ago
  • I really love this cabin Reno series. Best of luck

    Momof4ILMomof4IL4 months ago
  • I’m happy that you’re doing the garage.

    Kate BrinfourKate Brinfour4 months ago
  • Dudes remember you can take old cabinetry to Habitat for humanity, I wept watching those drawers sliders go in to landfill.

    LithaMoonSongLithaMoonSong4 months ago
  • When they were pushing the side by side and Eamon went to steer 🤣 “keep it going, keep it going” LOL

    Hanna DavisHanna Davis4 months ago
  • Shes prego!

    A MA M4 months ago
  • make sure you guys change the code to your door now that you showed it in the video. xx

    Jack BarryJack Barry4 months ago
  • i love toooooo much watching this type o videso

    lemonlemon4 months ago
  • damn rafter's 24" OC, would've been better to do 16" or even 12" Because of the snow you guys will get!

    AnandAnand4 months ago
  • Ya need to get a metal roof . I put mine on in 95 and have never had to do anything to it . It truly is a lifetime product.

    Ray KemryRay Kemry4 months ago
  • What's the elevation there at your new home.

    Ray KemryRay Kemry4 months ago
  • I love your cabin . I am so happy 4 u van man. Keep him hopping bec. Give me 20. This is right down my alley. I call it camouflage construction. I would not know how to build if it was square. I have bought 2 old condemned homes and brought them back to life . My homestead was bought in 1993 70 grand for 2 acres a creek and 1400 sqft cabin.

    Ray KemryRay Kemry4 months ago
  • What a team!!!

    David O MahonyDavid O Mahony4 months ago
  • Great videos which I am enjoying more that the van lifestyle material. Maybe I missed something but since you’ve been living in a van for three years, how/when did you accumulate what appears to be every conceivable tools needed for these projects. I just bought a house and am doing renovations but major issues / workarounds because I have such a limited toolkit so far.

    Sherry SYSherry SY4 months ago
  • Great edits Bec!!! Smashed the 👍 Have you guys tried “Just eggs”? They make “Just mayo” and I love their Mayo. Just wondering. I know the point is to eat as minimal processed foods as possible it could be good.

    Pete Ashli Noah Noelle RouwPete Ashli Noah Noelle Rouw4 months ago
  • I love watch you guys because you make me laugh. Have a great day or night. Have fun building you r dream home! :)

    casey munschcasey munsch4 months ago
  • The trick I learned for reversing with a trailer was to grab the steering wheel at the bottom and turn in the direction you want the trailer to go. ☺️

    LindsayLindsay4 months ago
  • Caron monoxide detector that high is not very logic... place it on the wall or step around 1-1.5 of height!

    benotyourbossbenotyourboss4 months ago
  • What was the spot where they dumped the old interior? Doesn’t look so enviromental friendly to me...

    benotyourbossbenotyourboss4 months ago
  • also guys: see if Jackery will sponsor you with a 1000, (they might give you one for free, you have high subscriber rate), so if you lose power again, you'll have a few days to hang in there, fridge etc.

    Peggy DwyerPeggy Dwyer4 months ago
  • WOOD: I lived in Temiskiming region for over a year, house in the woods. You're going to need at least EIGHT cords of wood, and I suggest finding someone who has some DRY ASH...ash burns slowest, so you'll go through less. Or, have someone, next spring, identify a few ash trees on your property (if you're lucky), and spend a few weekends cutting them down, and stacking them to age for next winter. Good luck! Been binging your vids.

    Peggy DwyerPeggy Dwyer4 months ago
  • I’m really enjoying these renovation videos. They’ve brought me back to your channel and I’m spending my Sunday binge watching all the episodes! Great work you guys; hope you’re both safe, warm & happy in your new home♥️✌🏻

    Fiona HainesFiona Haines4 months ago
  • good music at the end! very fitting!! ;)

    Brian CareyBrian Carey4 months ago
  • What do you guys do with the apple cider (16:49)

    Evy PilleEvy Pille4 months ago
  • Did you weight the garage down , you know what the winds are like in Ontario.

    Deb ODeb O4 months ago
  • If you do decide to take the outhouse down Don’t , there are a lot of rules to rebuild one.

    Deb ODeb O4 months ago
  • Backing a trailer: my dad always told me, "turn the bottom of the wheel the way you want the trailer to go". That's been helpful because I don't have to think about "turning anything opposite", if that makes sense. Hope that helps you teach your friend.

    Seth FankhauserSeth Fankhauser4 months ago
  • Maybe you should've covered up the keypad when you typed in your code on the #SimplySafe door Eamon... HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY THOUGH!

    NataliaNatalia4 months ago
  • Loved the edit Bec! Could really tell the difference. ❤️ A great sense of family and community too with friends all helping too! ☺️👍

    Meg RoseMeg Rose4 months ago
  • Our friends on San Juan Island just off of the WA coast have an outhouse. No door. It's awesome. Wake up, have your coffee, walk out to the outhouse and do your business with a little bit of shelter from the wind but view of nature lol

    Em SalsaEm Salsa4 months ago
  • I am an engineer... cannot still get my wallet to buy smeg... to me this is not the same? It is hard work but no budget?

    quintus erasmusquintus erasmus4 months ago
  • REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR WASHER OPEN AFTER USE, it extends the life by preventing mildew

    Kristina ElliottKristina Elliott4 months ago
  • She's great.She got a older sister?.. lol

    Ray MeadowsRay Meadows4 months ago
  • Did y’all buy this and it just had everything already in the property? Like the furniture and stuff lol

    Wellas MeandasWellas Meandas4 months ago
  • Bec, "we're a good team"... Damn straight I love how you guys work together, such a wholesome family and relationship. I'm really enjoying your videos I can for the van life and stuck around for the cabin life haha 🙌👍

    Lifeforce LocsLifeforce Locs4 months ago
  • I'm sitting at my desk at work, right in front of my laptop, watching you guys! You take me away with you to your own planet. You, guys, unintentionally teach us a lot about couple life. Much love!

    Muftisada HafsaMuftisada Hafsa4 months ago
  • Eamons brother is the cutest😁seems like a real nice guy.

    somethinggoodsomethinggood4 months ago
  • Happy Birthday Eamon 🥳🥳

    Reina PatocsReina Patocs4 months ago
  • alternate title: "Canadians say 'eh' for 26 minutes" 😂

    Danny SDanny S4 months ago
  • Great job toughing it out, even when some things do go wrong. On that note - *please* wear appropriate protection when using a chainsaw. In my village we had two instances of people cutting into their legs with a chainsaw last year and operating on chainsaw wounds is a bitch. There are trousers available that will block the saw when they're cut and thus protect your legs. Just a tip for the future - we like our Eamons and Becs in one piece (respectively). xx

    Elsie UlmaElsie Ulma4 months ago
  • Simpli safe was hacked into by professional hackers, there's a vid about it. The people also were able to turn the heat on or off and order things on it if it was connected through your phone on an app. They use unencrypted network communication, which allows hackers access to you and your home.

    amanda wilderamanda wilder4 months ago
  • Um excuse me... that intro does not sound like Bec lol was that Lee? Or am I crazy! 😂

    gabby glovergabby glover4 months ago
    • @Eamon & Bec omg 💕 hey Bec. I thought I was going crazy for a second there. Thanks for clearing that up Lol stay awesome!

      gabby glovergabby glover4 months ago
    • Hahah I was maybe just tired when I did it?!? It WAS me though 😉

      Eamon & BecEamon & Bec4 months ago
  • Happy birthday Eamon!!!🎉🎈🎂 your the best, so very talented and good looking too.

    donna rodriguezdonna rodriguez4 months ago
  • hmm... at 19:06, I was wondering if a lot of foreigner also cooking tempe as if cooking bacon strips?

    Brewok GundulBrewok Gundul4 months ago
  • Whats the song at 7:36?

    Mirjeta AdemajMirjeta Ademaj4 months ago
  • You guys are so fricken cute! 👍👍👍😊🕉

    Brian HenryBrian Henry4 months ago
  • I dont know what to say =) I loved your van vlogs, and thought how is a van life channel be as good in a cabin....and it turns out its EVEN better! All this progress and new life in the woods is so exciting to follow. We just LOVE watching you guys. Evolving and adapting...keeping us on our toes, really look forward to your updates when they come out.

    Pernilla SPernilla S4 months ago
  • Love how your family helps you two with you new home. Gotta love Bob to. He needs to move out to the cabin.

    Criss RodriguezCriss Rodriguez4 months ago
  • Maybe watch some videos on how to do your construction projects. 😳

    Ak AuAk Au4 months ago
  • Everyone Canadian has the same boots :)

    Wibald GasienicaWibald Gasienica4 months ago
  • Can anyone tell me where those wicked mugs with the cork looking bottoms are from?! 😍

    Shelayna ChristanteShelayna Christante4 months ago
  • Great job Bec on the editing and to Eamon and friends on the awesome builds. So happy for you guys

    Malonie LangthorneMalonie Langthorne4 months ago
  • I honestly forgot how much knowledge I am in taking by watching you guys!! keep up the hard work, you guys have got it to a T. An entertaining van life and adventurous channel along with a couple lessons on how to renovate a cabin. You are not an idiot Bec, do not say such things!! i always try and catch myself when those words slip out.

    Nina SosaNina Sosa4 months ago
  • Good stuff y’all!

    Spencer WhiteSpencer White4 months ago
  • After being a log cabin owner there was a lot of rot happening on our logs. It’s good to know you aren’t dealing with logs, just siding. Your vent looks great! Especially for DIY! Did you know they actually make a ventless washer/dryer combo? I have one for my small urban dwelling and I love it! Too late now....the vent hole is in! As far as exterior goes...Big Stretch caulking and paint stain will be your friend come spring!

    C K LC K L4 months ago
  • Don't they have washer dryers over there that don't need a vent?

    zaftrazaftra4 months ago
  • Still want to watch you guys but ... not really into the construction stuff. Probably will lose interest ... loved the van stuff.

    Robyn JonesRobyn Jones4 months ago
  • I loved the editing Bec!!!! Good job!!

    Sophia SandersonSophia Sanderson4 months ago