Friday, September 21, 2012

Drying In !

We got felt paper covering our roof literally 5 hours before it rained! We did it!

Many carpenters seem to consider a house "dried in" when the roof is covered with thick felt paper and keeps water out. That is what we got done.  Considering that the roof is HUGE, this is quite an accomplishment.  We developed a great system too.  I stayed on the ground and set up a cutting station, John called out the exact sizes and I cut them and handed them up. this turned out to be SO much easier than dealing with the heavy full roll on the steep roof.  For those of you who do not know me well, ( or haven't met me, as you only need to meet me to know this) I am fairly accident prone. I have knocked my teeth out more times than I care to admit. ( a thank you shout out to my parents who continually bought me more teeth) This being said, John and I felt like it just wasn't the best idea for me to go up on the roof. I went up on the shop roof to install the paper and roofing, but that roof was a 4 in 12 and this roof is a 9 in 12.  That means that the roof gains 9 inches of steepness every 12 inches.  I was scared. John was awesome.  Here's a shot.

The next steps to drying in are getting all of the windows in. We started the process with the two windows we already had. The remaining windows arrived today. I will show you the pictures of the two we have done, but the next post will focus solely on installing windows properly, so I won't say much at this time.

This window was a salvage score! All bronze and flips open all the way around! That window just keeps going until it does a full 180. Thick double paned glass. the only catch was that we had to figure out a way to frame it, as there were no connection points and no simple way of installing. We put our heads together and came up with a plan that I am sure will stand the test of forever.

This is another salvage yard find. Vinyl exterior and wood interior, double paned and beautiful bronze casement handles. It is 6 ft long by 4 ft high. 

So we will install the rest of the windows this week ( look forward to all the details) and by the time we finish that, the metal roof will have arrived in pieces. That will be the next step, and then wrapping the house with felt paper and putting up siding. That will conclude the "drying in" portion completely. We are hoping to get all of that done by Halloween. 

So.... I also got a new bathroom door. Well, a really old awesome new to me bathroom door. Since we have only ONE interior door I think it should be pretty spectacular. I found it. It is one half of a french door set so it is a little on the smaller side ( 27.5 inches wide by 79 inches tall) and came from a historic union building.

It has leaded glass with a crazy pattern. The glass is thick and wavy on one side and detailed on the other. I am in love with it. I started stripping it...... and it is Doug fir!  It matches the new doors we bought perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better door. 

Here is the glass detail. 

We are working alone now. Our framers are done, our septic is close (I am going to let john take over that conversation as he is the one dealing with all the details.) and it is up to us now to get everything else to line up. It seems like someone shot off a racing pistol. All of a sudden we could just GO! on everything all at once.  It is very very exciting. And super fun. Thanks for coming along on the ride.

I am on the lookout for stair rail metal. If anyone has something like this.....

Let me know!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Big Logs and Awesome Porches

I mentioned in my last post that I would post some pictures of our logs in action.  Without further ado:

The logs are over kill for the weight they're supporting, they're really more of an aesthetic element.  They make the house look more strong and rustic.  They also help blend with the surrounding trees, as if our house is growing right out of the soil.  The effect is lovely.  Of all the bits and parts that are taking shape in this tail end of framing, I'm most excited by the front and back porches.  Combined, they give us almost 500 square feet of covered outdoor space, which in our rainy climate is magical.  Rarely is it too cold to sit outside and drink your morning coffee, but often it's just too wet.  Our front porch, which faces east and receives all of the offered morning sun, will be a perfect place no matter the weather for sitting, reading the paper and easing into the day.  Conversely, the west-facing back porch will provide the last, fleeting glimpses of the afternoon sun whilst soaking in the outdoor bathtub.  Can you tell that I've been fantasize about move-in day?

Above those porches will be stained car decking.  Car decking (I didn't know) is 2X6 dimensional lumber with a tongue-and-groove pattern.  We had some car decking milled from the trees we fell in the spring, but only enough for 1/4 of the total porch area.  Matching our doug fir with fir from the lumber yard proved to be too expensive, so we bought the rest in a white pine.  Making the most out of the situation, we decided to put everything up in a pattern, with three white pine boards between each doug fir.  Since doug fir ages into a dull orangey color, we stained everything with a translucent orange stain.  The difference is still noticeable, and will be more so with time, but less dramatic than if we left them clean. I'm wild about the results!

For those of you not in our little climate zone, we did not break the record dry streak.  Everything got pretty wet for one night, two days before the record.  The coming week is supposed to be sunny and dry, though, which is perfect!  That should give us enough time to get everything wrapped in felt paper and more-or-less weather proof.  Wish us luck in this race against the clock locally referred to as "fall"....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I've Got 99 Problems But a Ditch Ain't One

Heh, I've been waiting to use that for a while....

We've made some substantial progress over the last couple of weeks!  For one, we've trenched in conduit to the house for electricity and internet access, ran the waterline to the house, and installed the infiltration pit for roof runoff.  It all went in without hassle, and less expensively than we thought.  Our septic is also being redesigned to be smaller, lower impact and cheaper.

Yesterday, we passed our shear wall nailing inspection.  With that, we can start drying the house in.  Drying in means wrapping the house in felt paper, putting in doors and windows, and getting up the roof and siding.  Basically, everything we've been chomping at the bit to start since the roof got framed.  We ordered the door and windows today that we haven't already salvaged, and have our siding sitting in a pile, waiting to be put up.  It's go time!

In a stroke of luck, we seem to have started building this house at the very beginning of the longest dry streak in our area's history.  We break that record on tuesday, and the reports are looking promising.  Christy doesn't like me saying this out loud, but there's a chance that we might get to dry the house in without a drop of rain ever touching it!  The weather has also been fantastic for our veggies.  I had the best breakfast ever yesterday, consisting of a sliced German Johnson tomato on a piece of toast with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Simple.  Homegrown.  The taste of summer....

In the near future, we'll post some pictures of the house and the lovely log framing that's gone up over the front and back porches.  The big beams and skip-peeled posts are gorgeous!

In the meantime, I have the Democratic National Convention open in another window and am becoming increasingly distracted.  I'm wanting to start ranting about politics, which means I should wrap this up for now.