Friday, November 16, 2012

"Hot dipped galvanized spiral siding nails, Batman!"

Yesterday, we finished siding!  There's still a bit of trim work to be done, but all of the cedar is up, even the stuff that required terrifying ladder gymnastics.  The horizontal boards are 6'' tongue-and-groove western red cedar from our friendly local mill.  The mill's owner, who seems pretty amused by, and maybe slightly fond of us, offered a really cheap deal on some 4'' western red cedar from a canceled job, so we had that milled into t&g as well, and used it vertically on the two jut-outs underneath the front and back porches.  It will also be our ceiling, eventually.

That gaping whole in the top of the wall is what we've started referring to as "The West Wing".  There was some dead space above the front and back doors, cut off from the rest of the house and over framed for aesthetic continuity.  Not wanting to waste any space that's covered by a roof, we decided to throw some doors up there, so we can use them as a sort-of-attic-like space.  "The East Wing" is a little more spacious, and could even fit a sleeping friend if the need arises.  We haven't built the doors yet.

Now that we're sided, roofed and guttered, it's time to move inside!  Well, I don't mean move-in inside, but that is starting to feel a lot closer.  Last night Christy and I walked around the house putting pieces of tape everywhere we plan on putting power outlets, lights or switches.  We'll probably be all wired up by Thanksgiving.  All then that's left before we insulate and cover up our walls are some last minute plumbing changes and running the propane line to the stove.  There are some inspections involved, of course.  The last big questions we need to answer about our mechanical needs involves our water heater.  Since we want to heat domestic hot water for showers and such, and occasionally heat water to pump through our radiant tubes in the floor, it's not as easy as using a small, tankless propane water heater, like we've been thinking this whole time.  I'll go more in depth on this subject when it's settled, because I've learned a lot in the last couple of weeks.  For now, I'm just going to bask in the feeling of having the outside of the house covered, totally.

We nailed it.   Heh.   Get it?    Nailed it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Redilocks and the three Bids.

Hello and Happy election day!

I have roof news!

We have put the house into full swing to try get the final inspection by the first of the year, a full 4 months before we originally planned and I feel like each day is a race to catch as many things as possible before they slip through my fingers and are lost into the mess. ( Now might be a good time to apologize publicly for failing to call my dad on his birthday this year. I'm so sorry. Boo to me. )

So ... the roof.  We went with a metal roof for several reasons. In this climate it just makes sense. There is so much moisture and the composite roofs grow... well they grow life on top of them. They turn green. I actually saw a tree growing on a roof while driving one day. It was easily 4 feet high. However,  the number one reason we went metal is the fact that we want to rain catch and the composite material puts petroleum by-products into the water. We put a metal roof on the shop and it was easy to install ourselves and we figured going metal on the house would keep the entire  property in the same world.  And we would be able to install it ourselves. We thought.

A local building supply company sent out someone to do a take-off ( measure the roof lines)  and place the order. We went with Champion Metal Snap-Lock.  It is the same brand as the shop and the design of it hides the screw holes. We had the roof delivered on October 15th and got straight to work.  And quickly stopped.  The shop had a simple 4 in 12 roof. This means that the roof gains elevation by 4 inches every foot.  The house roof is a double gabled roof, with one a 9 in 12 and the other a 6 in 12.

This is where we were last week. The roof had arrived and we were still trying to figure out how to install it correctly. The problem being, the roofing has to be installed so that when you get to the places where the two roofs meet up, the ribs match up as well. On compound angles.  It has to be very precise and the strange valleys really made us stand around and scratch our heads.

The guy doing our septic came out and advised us to hire professionals. In his words, " the roof is the part you REALLY dont' want to f--- up". Yep. He's right.  You won't know your roof has failed until it's too late. Your house is full of mold. A real concern out here.

So we got on the phone and started taking bids.

First Bid: The first guys came out and gave us a pretty low bid, $3000, with the words " and if you pay cash, I'll knock off a thousand." And he said he could start the very next day.  We felt like this was straight shady and upon asking about town we learned that this guy is fairly sketch.  Couple this with a note we found taped to our shop door the next morning.  It read " My name is M---. I would like to offer you a bid of $1,500 to install your roof. I work for S--- Construction and Roofing. Call Joe for a reference. Don't Tell SCOTTY!!!!"
So this guys employee came to our property unannounced to try to underbid his boss and warned us not say anything! REALLY? No thanks to all of you.

Second bid: They come out and tell us our roof isn't ready yet ( something the first bid failed to mention) that we need to install all of the vents through the roof first. Makes sense. (We will get to the vent thing when we talk plumbing. I had no idea how many things need to be vented) They sent us a bid three days later for $11,000 !!!!  Also, they can't get to it until December.

Third bid: Just right. Nice people , fair price , $3,200, and they came out within a week and got the roof on in two days. They even came back after the plumbers vented things and made sure everything was sealed right.  Thank you KITSAP ROOFING.  I highly recommend them.

Here is the (mostly) finished roof! We really debated the color, but I am very happy with it. Many people told us to go with something that would blend into the sky and fade away. I feel like we have enough of that grey blue color here. Red brings out the tones in the cedar siding and besides, I would rather hate the color sometimes then forever feel Blah about it.

Thanks for reading!  We are SO close to having the time laspe video ready!