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 done thus far. A steeper-than-average 8/12 pitch is difficult to traverse, so we install foot braces every 4 feet as we work our way up, and we install a guard rail of sorts at the bottom of the roof for our physical, as well as mental, security. We work safely while maintaining a good pace, as we are very eager to finally get the house enclosed. Part of the roof that will eventually be framed with a gable is covered with a large tarp for now. Mitigating the rain has proven to be stressful because water is relentless in finding any route it can take into the house. So far the rain has not kept us from working except on a few occasions, but the house has been tested by heavy storms overnight. We look forward to the day when the entire roof is framed and the shingles are on, but it will take us some time to get to that point with the garage, porch, dormer, and gables still left to be framed.
Here we are working on “lookouts” – framing members that allow the roof to extend beyond the gable end. The exposed framing gives this house bungalow character. Each lookout connects to the last rafter and extends above and beyond the gable end truss. The gable end is dropped below the rafters to accomodate the lookouts. Notice the carsiding material that is visible from the underside of the overhang, giving the house an old-time look. These tongue-and-groove boards are only used in select locations where the underside of the roof is visible. OSB sheathing in turn covers the carsiding. To ensure all materials will tie together seamlessly, one must always keep track of how the planes intersect. It is a challenge to keep everything in order. We have to correct a few mistakes here and there, but we are pleased to see the look of the house taking shape.