Brad fits the first piece of roofing on main living's roof after carefully custom cutting the top end and folding it for the perfect fit. Before walking on the freshly swept roof, Josh cleans Brad's boots (Hum, who is the stable boy? Horse?). In the background, Dan is working on tedious blocking.
This past couple of weeks have been high production. Brad has been completely focused on a million details; Dan has stuck to the cedar work while accomplishing other tasks of great significance in between; and Josh has been Josh-of-all-trades as he's worked various jobs like siding, insulation, and blocking. Carl has been getting the Milestone in the bathroom completed; Tim has been doing our metal work; Steve has almost completed the plumbing; and Ed has been continuing electrical after work in the evenings. And me, I've been doing this and that to support the whole operation. It's an exciting time as the pieces come together and we can actually see a time when we'll be residing at Grace Lane.
Our appliances were delivered this week. The concrete floors will be stained this weekend. Next week the sheet rock will go on the ceiling; the interior siding will go up; and the roofing will go on. Windows will be delivered shortly as well so we'll soon be enclosed. And, the Murphy bed is due to arrive any moment to enable the continued construction of cabinets in the guesthouse.
The to-do list is still very long but the end is in sight which gives us great pleasure but sadness as well. This building process has been full of huge feelings of pleasure, stress, happiness, and confusion, to mention a few. We'll miss the day-to-day challenges but we know we'll thoroughly enjoy living in this piece-of-art home we've created with Brad's amazing design, vision and construction skill.
Our new main living building suddenly looks old but oh so neat! We're using the Island County Fairground's old roofing for our siding, after a bit of reworking. The edges have been folded so the pieces are interlocking and the old screw holes have been filled. At the top the old roofing slides into folded blue steel for a clean crisp look that secures it without screws. At the edges there will be folded blue steel that will wrap the corners butting neatly into the doors and windows. The steel will also slip into the folded roofing edges (now siding edges) so no screws or holders will be required. To secure the middle, clips (Brad is holding one) are used underneath, screwed to the walls, but hidden from view. Josh and Brad installed the south side's siding in a couple of hours yesterday.
The guesthouse shower/toilet area is becoming a "wet room" with the floor and walls completely waterproofed and draining. The sink area also has a Milestone floor that will drain into the shower area. There are layers and layers and layers that are being added by Carl Magnusson to insure the water tight system. Some of the steps follow:
1) First stage plastic barrier on the floor and then wire, followed by a dryish cement mix.
2) The cement board walls get taped.
3) Then, back to the floors, brownish waterproofing and then netting to help hold it all together.
5) Green waterproofing followed all the other layers...
Main Living looking west.
Brad here with a few thoughts for Michael of Reed and Associates, Engineers. According to Langley's inspector, a roof must have a ridge beam. As you can see, this one does not. Does this create a shear problem at the top of the ridge where the rafters want to twist and if so, would blocking fix it? Our inspector would also like to see gusset plates or strapping between the rafters at the top. Keep in mind the distance of beam to ridge along the line of the rafters is about 6.5 feet, 5 feet true to the earth. With 2x8 rafters at 16" o/c, it feels rock solid but needs the blessing of an engineer.
Also, as you can see, I don't have bird blocks at the overhangs on the east end or anywhere along the beams on the outdoor porch. The issue here is that there is no shear transfer to the beam out at the ends, and no shear walls in these areas either. It seems to me that the loads can transfer along the plane of the roof to the blocks over the walls. My reason for no bird blocks is aesthetic. The overhangs and porch are more pleasing without blocks, allowing more light to come through.
Builders note: the approximate 20x40 foot roof felt super solid with three guys up on top throwing materials around even before all the plywood was nailed off. With the plywood there is no movement.
Main living looking north. Intersection of indoor and outdoor space.
Seeding a new lawn to connect our small existing lawn with the main living outdoor patio was completed on Saturday. With the rain and sun and warm temperatures we're hoping for quick germination. This picture was taken standing on the main living patio.