Friday, April 29, 2011
All the steep rafters with compound angles are in. All the curved rafters, too. The rafters on the back side are pretty simple, just an angle where they meet the beam, a birds-mouth cut where they rest on the wall frame, and an angle on the rafter tail for the soffit later. I have 5 out of 11 of those in--should be able to finish that tomorrow if I get off work at a reasonable time. The back upstairs wall was plumb on the two ends but about 2" off in the middle, so it got pulled into shape and held there with a board until the rafters are in place to secure it (if you don't do this, the wall is forever held in the wrong position. Doors and windows stick, pictures don't hang straight, all sorts of bad building karma)
We're slowly regaining our driveway, too. What had been three semi truckloads of building materials in our home's driveway, eating up three parking spots, is now down to a little stack. I'm going to have a fair amount of wood left over. Maybe for a single car garage, which would be nice
Monday, April 18, 2011
The wall to the left has a big window in it---it's boarded up now to keep snow from blowing in. It didn't help much. The roof framing to the far right is the first curved rafters---that same curve will be matched for the porch roof.
When people imagine building, I think this is the stage they think of. It is probably the most fun and rewarding stage as you really see progress at the end of each day. But it actually represents a very tiny fraction of the overal building process.