The windows are ready to be installed now that the house is totally under cover. A venting skylight on the back side of the house allows light into the common area of the habitable attic. Mel uses a guillotine-like tool to quickly and accurately cut shingles to length.
We are fortunate enough to have a full, uninterrupted week of dry, unseasonably warm weather (in the upper 70s) and take full advantage by completing the remainder of the roof – a gable above what will be a full bathroom in the habitable attic.
DENKENS A sunny Sunday’s musings Ich denke means “I think.” There often is ample time to reflect on this project as Daniel and I toil day in day out amidst splashes of fall colors, to get the building completely enclosed and rain-proof. For instance, schlepping sheet after sheet of plywood up the staircase affords me
Mel prepares the garage slab for pouring by setting forms to the correct elevation. The foundation block was laid such that the top of the slab will be in the same elevation as the interior floor, eliminating the need for a typical step or two into the house. I wish I could have snapped some photos during
Framing for all parts of the roof – a gable, a porch, and a dormer – is occupying our time over many weeks. For this reason, we decided to sheath over the entirety of the main roof and open up later where necessary, reducing the toll that rainy days can take on our morale. Now it is
Here I am prepping a rafter for the front porch. We are sure to select arrow-straight lumber for this instance, as it is visible from beneath. We run it through the table saw to rip a sliver off one end of the board, creating a smooth edge. We round over the edges and give it
Blocking between the rafters creates extra rigidity to prevent “racking.” We cut a large circular opening in each block that allows for airflow from the attic to the ridge vent that will be installed along the peak of the roof. Below we are sheathing the roof, one of the more physically demanding and draining tasks we have
Renata and Matt are coming into town to help us frame rafters. They both are eager helpers! Daniel and I haul a super heavy, 36’ long beam up the flight of steps. From there the beam is raised another 13+ feet, until it comes to rest on top of two end posts. This is dangerous