It's been a busy couple of weeks, getting kids ready for (and into the rhythm of) heading back to school. I've done a couple of high school seniors' photos (a brief & busy exception from my non-portrait work clause.) Eric developed a football related staph infection in his arm - frightening, but on the mend. Our phone & internet have been down a bit. We've also been working on the house whenever we can squeeze it in.
I'm overdue for a project update!
I found some photos that were hiding out on my computer, so here's a little recap:
Here's what things looked like after we demolished our yard & began putting it back together again.
Ready for concrete at the time of this photo.
After concrete was poured, Mitch began framing up!
First floor framed - floor trusses set.
Upstairs sub-floor layed, upstairs framing began:
Now onto rafters, overhangs & roofing!
We went with rafters, to spare precious headroom upstairs that usual roof trusses would consume.
All studs, headers & rafters, continue to come from from logs sawed by Mitch on site here at home. The only exception to home-milled lumber so far are the engineered floor trusses & the sill boards that lay on the concrete, which had to be treated wood.
I have some thoughts to share about roofing.
If you ever thought a roofer was overpaid - think again. These guys literally risk their necks. Watching my sons climb on two feet of overhang installing roof sheeting brought on some extreme anxiety. I had to hide my eyes & came back out to take a photo once there was solid surface for them to stand on.
Of course they think nothing of being up high, hopping around & running roofing nail guns.
Watching them pull sheets of decking up from the edge and carry them down the other side (gaining too much momentum) had me in a tizzy.
Then I watched their dad, carrying 4 x 8 sheets over his head while he boogied across open framing on nothing but the narrow beam across the peak. This is nothing to him. He's been on hundreds of higher roofs, steeper roofs, more dangerous roofs, doing high-wire & monkey swinging acts. He has always said it's a good thing I don't see him on the job that much. I couldn't take it. When he worked for the big pole building outfit in our first ten years of marriage, he used to train in new guys who were afraid while setting trusses by "dancing a jig out on purlins and telling them they can't be afraid to die."
Enough said. A roofer who does a good job is worth his weight in gold.
I know a lot of people who won't even climb a ladder.
Our old shingle color, Heather Blend, which we used when we built our house 15 years ago, and our garage 10 years ago, and our south addition 8 years ago, has finally been discontinued. So we found a close match from another shingle company, and I think it looks great.
We will be re-doing the main house roof in steel soon. So we went with steel on the dormers.
We have a plan, it should all come together in the end.
Do you spy the shiny pink belt with tools hanging from it? Lilly has been watching & learning.
Once the roof was done, house wrap & horizontal nailer boards were added in preparation for applying vertical siding.
That big stack of wood is a load of siding, straight from the sawmill on site.
There is one window that we had to order that we're waiting for yet. We picked
up our overhead garage door in Duluth on the way to a football game
Friday night. And yesterday I hauled home a front & back exterior
We're nearly enclosed, and there isn't even frost yet!
Up next - EXTERIOR FINISH! ☺