Thursday, January 28, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
I drove up to the site one March morning, and the roof was already close to halfway on! We were so glad that we didn't have to DIY this one!
We chose a 50-year metal roof, in "storm gray" (keep that in mind, it will show up later!). Depending on the day that gray changes to a cadet blue instead of the dark, warm gray. But it's a good color and we don't regret it. There is a special sort of paint or coating on the underside of the metal to help extend the life of the roofing, too.
(You can see our little bit of green spring in this photo, we enjoy the few weeks of green hills while we have them.)
The roofing crew did very swift and quality work! It would have taken us weeks, and they had it all done in one day.
Unfortunately, there was one huge disappointment.
Unfortunately, that was NOT the material we wanted, and not what the manufacturer recommended for ice prevention. There are new non-abrasive materials on the market now which were named for this type of metal coating. There was a possibility that we were voiding our under-paint warranty.
The roofer had given us a bargain on the entire project, and was unwilling to guarantee his work should it fail in 25 years (which was what we had requested he put in writing). Instead we were told that this is the way it is done out here, that this was the way he was trained to do it by a very experienced local roofer, that he's not seen a roof damaged at all due to this underlayment, etc. etc. Basically we got nowhere.
This caused many a sleepless night, let me tell you! And every time we hear the roof do it's crackle sound when the sun comes out (with expansion/contraction) that scratchy underlayment comes to mind and we inwardly cringe. Visions of rusty and crumbling metal eaves come to mind.
No one is going to be taking the roof off to correct the underlayment (or even check on it...); it's there until the roof needs replacing, which could be less than 50 years away. But for all we know, we might be dead by then! It was a hard thing to let go, but we eventually had to quit stressing over it.
Other than that, we have no complaints about the roof; we were just sorry that we couldn't put it down in the books as a "job well done" in its entirety.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Our winters can change their mind a lot.
On Sunday, I went on a hike up the hill to get a picture of the view so you can kind of get a sense of what can be seen from the roof.
It was in the 40's but the sun was so warm, a coat was probably a mistake.
Then today there was this:
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Let it Snow
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The last glimpse of the sky before sheathing was done. It would have been nice to have a "glass peak skylight" to shine down through all the layers of house, but I guess second floors, ceilings, and attic storage spaces are more useful.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
That piece on the end...
- a detachable covering for the front part of a mobile phone.
- a wooden board or other flat piece of material such as that covering the ends of rafters.
I have never called the parts of my phone any such thing (except maybe "cover? screen?"). Funny how it should have become the top definition when the architectural application of "Fascia" is much older.
And speaking of applications, do you know how the men got the fascia up? Do you think they walked that scaffolding around the house? Nah, that's too much trouble. They leaned over the top of the wall and nailed it on backwards.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Set and Ready to Go
Monday, January 11, 2021
Gable ends were built, and it was time to set the trusses.
It was at this point that various shades of regret started to grow over us like a gloomy day in February (which it was in these photos!).
There was an extra danger of my husband being up so high, a danger I was not fully aware of: he would see how fantastic the view was.
We have a wonderful view, overlooking a rural valley, with rimrock and buttes in the distance. There is just a peek-a-boo of some snowy peaks
if you are in the right place and squint through the trees. But on the roof, you can see a whole lot more.
Yup, he wished he had built a three-story house.
The thought did occur to us that we weren't that far along yet... what if... what if...
Ah, those "if only we had..." thoughts of missed opportunity.
Had we had rafters instead of trusses, we could have had a loft with an
even more interesting view. Had we had bonus trusses instead of attic
storage trusses, we could have had extra bedrooms and put in some
gable windows to see the amazing view.
Of course, those thoughts only come when you have already bought and set the trusses!
A second-story balcony is still not out of the question; but missed rafters, we shall always regret you.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Blue Skies Smilin' At Me
I'm really getting into the old tunes here... Blue Skies and Breezin' Along with the Breeze come to mind when looking at this photo. For a while we had a glimpse of amazing blue for the ceiling!
In other news today, I have done a video! It is for my papercrafting blog, but now that I know how to use the video and recording editing software, I can start thinking about compiling some of our house building videos to post here! Most of them are short but they might be of interest to you!
I learned a lot making this video. I learned that #1 as soon as I press "record" all the dogs in the neighborhood bark and howl, a toddler yells over his toys, children stomp, a loud and interesting scientific discussion happens right outside the closed door and a banjo plays. #2 is that I can't talk and work at the same time! After what I feel was a dozen takes, I found that the voice-over style was for me.
There were a few glitches and the duplo-tower-camera-holder was still not high enough, but beyond that I'd like to know what you think! Would you like to see some house-building videos? With maybe some banjo tunes in the background!
Friday, January 8, 2021
Up to the Top
It is difficult to see in this photo, but the power line is between the pole on the left of the photo and where the crane is. The trusses had to be swung up to the house with utmost precision. The truck had to be on uneven ground next to the top of a cut.
The trucker was not at all happy about this situation. Not at all.
Eventually I was called from my job by the trucker. "Watch these
wheels," he told me, "the moment you see them lift off the ground, I
want you to SCREAM."
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
It was February when the trusses arrived.
Our driveway had long been partially de-constructed because of its uselessness; it was too steep, as it turned out, for getting an RV up to the pad, so a new pad was built halfway down. The "driveway" became a wide path instead.
The truss truck driver needed to be closer, so the only way was to pull up in a neighbor's driveway, and over across an empty lot to the back of the house. In the mud. The resulting deep ruts made nobody happy.
To Be Continued...
Monday, January 4, 2021
The formerly rained-on structure was getting a chance to dry out on sunny winter days, and smelled like wet sawdust and OSB. We were quite worried about it; our goal was to have a mold-free house. Thankfully those very large window-holes let in lots of dry desert air.
When building a house is NOT your full-time job, things go pretty slow at times. Sunny weekends were usually taken up trying to make progress on the house, rather than doing something more social or fun.
As homeschoolers, there's always Monday! A week-day hike or outing to explore the local scenery made sure I didn't have a handful of "Jack-a-dull-boys" on my hands!
Saturday, January 2, 2021
And now back to our regular programming...
Second floor walls up.
Appropriately, photos from a past January...crisp and clear, and bright as all new years are.
You've heard of the scarlet cord? Only this is the orange air compressor hose...