JULY 2008                            Click on (most) images for a larger view.

 

July 1st - Happy Canada Day!

We could see the fireworks from upstairs in the new house!  We worked through the holiday weekend thus missing all the festivities of "Sidney Days".  We both used to be involved in all that; me with my 5years volunteering on the "Peninsula Celebrations Society" and Thomas having his cafe and working long hours serving loads of townsfolk and tourists.  So, we both have great memories.

 
We are excited to be coming to the end of framing...
 

it's a long way up there... pic taken from platform 8ft from floor on second floor looking down to
kitchen - 23ft down!

8ft high platform to build the south-west section upon. South wall
is 13ft and slopes down to the 8ft north wall...

raising 8ft interior walls between bathroom and bedroom. A glulam beam will sit on top of this to "tie"
the north and south wall together...

The open concept is still maintained as it will be open above the beam on top of this wall and another beam on top of a wall between the bedroom and office...
 

Thomas up on another 8ft platform...

south-east glulam extension wall...

checking measurements...

leveling, squaring, straigthening...
 

clamping top plate in place...

trimming off crown on top plate.

July 7th - We are officially finished framing!!  Oh, what a feeling of pride - of attention to detail and the accomplishment of such a huge job we've done together!  We actually heard a couple walk by the other day and he exclaimed to her, "here's the house a couple is building all by themselves!"

 
We will be hiring a crane to lift the upper roof glulams in to place - had a fellow come by today to see the job site.  Just prior to that roof work, we will put up the glulam extensions and build one more interior wall.  After the beams are in place, we will then build the gable-end walls.

But first we need to lift the remaining 5 glulams in the kitchen and build the gable-end walls in there... July8-11th...

 
staining the last kitchen glulams  guiding it up to Thomas on ladder in position, ready for hoisting all in position on the 2ndflr kneewall
 
now all the kitchen beams are up!  lunch break in the "kitchen nook" gluing the glulam extensions installing brackets
 
primer to glulam brackets measuring for the gable end walls mocking up the roof envelope
 
  installing first wall section know I know how to do bevel cuts! assembling wall section
 
west gable end wall is done! ready to put up east gable end wall sliding it into place!
 
July 14th - This week we're starting the roof decking on the kitchen roof!...

July 16th - Turns out... it's not so simple. We spent all day today measuring and figuring out exactly how to line up the starter strip. We recognize that when laying roof decking the first course determines the rest. But with what do we line it up? And once again the question of tolerance raises its head. After much measuring, checking, and thinking we determined the glulams are slightly trapezoidal. The distance across the top is 25' 5/8" and the distance across the bottom is 25'. What are the implications? We decided to review the detail of the balcony to roof transition and determined that the roof decking must extend 4-1/2" beyond the glulam. The pictures will show how we worked it all out and oriented our starter strip and now its in place...
 

lateral support interior sheathing time out to watch a bumblebee wall bridging between the beams assembling decking for staining
squaring with plywood and measuring getting ready for staining... installing starter strip getting ready to cut - checking pattern layout

It all made us consider the issue of expediency versus adventure. Our building style is more adventurous than expedient. Doing things for the first time carries a certain cost in patience and determination, not to mention time. We often ask ourselves if there is an easier way but always remind each other that the easiest way is to just write a cheque. Learning by doing is both the challenge and the reward. In a week we will no longer be able to say: "We have never laid roof decking before!" And so it goes. Everything we do is a challenge, much beyond our capability. We study and think and learn and then we do it. With an extra dose of diligence and care, things turn out just fine. It reminds me of a saying I once heard, "It all turns out ok in the end. What if it's not ok? Well, then, it's not the end."

 
July 16th - July 31st - 23rd we finished the kitchen roof-decking!!!!...
We got the roof-decking done for the kitchen and it looks awesome!  Wait until you see it!  What an amazing space the kitchen has become - beautiful proportion of height and long site-lines out through the huge windows to what will be gardens beyond!  As planned, the whole inside-out space is working out beautifully as the decking of course continues out from the kitchen to over the patio - a lovely transition which prompted us to make another design change of putting in a window over the door so you can see that transition from more angles when standing in the kitchen.

Here are the pics:
2ft overhang done, moving inside... staining staging area... placeholder for T&G at joints caulking outside joints
delivering next course of sticks row by row, getting there... measuring for evenness  using a clamp extension jig
tapping in to place... passing up some sticks more staining... starting to take shape!
night time, still at it... getting there... bird's eyeview or "garden" measuring practice cuts to trim west side
measuring for squareness trimming with skill saw almost closed in... trimming east side
measuring to south cross-section staining cut ends various tools of the trade... installing last piece of decking!

YAHOOOOO!...

WE DID IT!!!

And, VOILA, we're done!  We are very happy with the finished work and love the look of the decking - a great design choice!! It was good to do this lower roof first and get the hang of how to do the decking.  The upper roof will be "easy" - once we get used to being up that much higher! gulp!

It will be a while until we work on this lower roof, so we tarped it to protect it from the UV of the sun.  Now we have some work to finish upstairs before we get the beams lifted up there....
our pulley system has been handy! raising the table saw to second floor raising 5'9 glulam extension putting south-east extension in place
rescued some petunias from vacant lot across the road!
       
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