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What a Busy Weekend

August 22, 2011

Readers – I’ve gotten some complaints (mostly from Mom Gibson) that I’m not keeping you well updated on our progress. We’ve been deep in “fiddly stuff” territory lately, those things that are important for the structural integrity of our home, but that don’t significantly alter the look of our house progress-wise. I am also tentative about posting pictures that show progress but aren’t very interesting to look at. Well, we had a crazy weekend, and I am going to remedy the lack of progress-updating right now using both pictures and words.

The newest invention

Mr. B’s father (aka The Work Horse, Mr. M) came back for a weekend work party. On Friday morning, we only had 3 out of 10 rows of roof sheathing up. The picture is of the contraption Mr. B ¬†built to lift piles of roof sheathing up to the roof. By Friday at 8 pm, all of the roof sheathing was up.

While they were working on the roof, I made it my personal mission to remove all of the interior wall bracing. As opposed to the jobs that move the progress of the house forward but are not interesting, this was a job that did nothing for progress but was immensely satisfying. The interior is still a mess, but it feels much bigger than before when I was constantly tripping over bracing. Even with just the roof sheathing on, it is about 10 degrees cooler inside the house. Since it was in the 90s over the weekend, I was happy to have things to do inside the house (as opposed to on the roof).

Everyone was tired and sore on Saturday, but we put up all of the facia (rough sawn cedar), and installed half of the roof underlayment. I think it looks like snake skin. Instead of the standard 30 pound roofing felt, we are using a product called “Titanium.” It has the benefits of being very light weight, non-slippery, and claims to absorb less heat than roofing felt.

It looks big!

Sunday we finished putting up the underlayment and framing all of the doors and windows. I am amazed at how house-like it is starting to look and feel, as well as how much bigger it looks with the roof on. Considering how many people think that our square footage is small, we have a surprising number of people who see the house and say that it is huge. I think it is the layout of the house: one long story with an obvious roof. If this was a two story house it would be on the smaller size visually.

The men

Finally, on Sunday evening we started putting up the metal roofing. Two amazing friends brought dinner (an entire dinner! Including plates and silverware!) out to us, probably keeping us all from dying of exhaustion. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: I am continually amazed at the kindness and interest of our friends and family. While the process of building the house can feel a little alienating, every time I turn around someone is going out of their way to help us.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    August 22, 2011 7:24 am

    Thanks, and I wasn’t really complaining, just anxious to see the progress. What a difference!

  2. August 22, 2011 7:28 am

    I know it wasn’t a complaint but just motivation to finally take some pictures! Mike was blown away by the house and said that pictures didn’t do it justice.

  3. Beth permalink
    August 22, 2011 11:45 am

    Oh man! It’s all going to be done before I get out there to help!!

  4. August 22, 2011 11:56 am

    I promise to save some heavy lifting for you.

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