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

 
It is October 20th... Gosh, the time goes fast and so much to do... we just haven't had time to keep the website up (it has almost been a month!).  So finally tonight we took some time to put a lot of pictures up including finishing off September's page...

We are trying to get closed in before our Fall/Winter winds and rains (we had quite a lot already).  Lots of work... lots of detail... lots of learning... and a great sense of accomplishment.  But still... there are days when I just wish we could move in!  And just the other day I asked Thomas, "What made us think we could this?!" And then there are days when I say, "We can do anything"!  So... this month we have started closing in the east and south walls, closing in and waterproofing the balcony, and put the metal on the upper roof!!

As we wrote last month... one thing leads to or connects to another...
 

So here we are doing some interior work...

We still feel things moving when we are up on the roof (although we are told this is normal by the engineer who reviewed our plans for us), so we installed some plywood panels to provide some lateral support to some of our walls.  I'm securing panels on the south wall of the upstairs bathroom.  Thomas is securing panels to the top of stairway opening to one of  the horizontal glulam beams.

 
We need to get the balcony closed in as we have a fellow coming to put a waterproofing layer on it.  But
before we could start on the balcony we had to start closing in the wall (south facing) above it because it ties into the floor:
mounting the support strip... sizing first P2000 panel... caulking panels... taping panels to ensure seal...
 
Now we're able to work on the balcony...
 
caulking door threshold support... detail at door threshold mounting 1"x12" fascia board... fastening east edge of balcony...
working our way across the balcony floor with insulation layers. top down, "bug screen" in view final detail at balcony door.
constructing gable end wall... balcony now separate from below mock-ups of flashing detail... fancy saw work to countersink brackets on balcony floor...
for east side wall and for south wall and planter boxes Marc and helper from StoneCraft begin prepping the site...

applying the coating up the door opening, taping seams and brackets and lots of attention to detail at corners and edges...

final detail work and then the surface is rolled with the special polyurethane goopy coating to seal/waterproof.  There will be another coating of this before the final product (finished look) is put on in the Spring.  The final look will be a large slate tile look that is the same as in the office.  We'll write more about this when we get our flooring done... but let's just say... we are really exciting about this product that we will be using for the: kitchen floor, entry floor, patio, bathroom floors, showers, balcony, and patio!!
 
Now we start closing in the south cross-section wall...
 

installing insulation panels up wall and through roof to 2nd story

We had to start downstairs on the south wall.  The kitchen roof extends over part of the patio to create a protected area outside.  The other half of the patio (in front of the guestroom) is open to the sun (except for a 2ft overhang from the balcony over it).  The insulation of the wall under cover extends through the roof sandwich to the second story... so we had to at least install the insulation (we can sheath it later).  

I love this picture!... it really shows the design of the inside-outside feeling we wanted to create.  This is looking from the patio through a large picture window to the entry area of the front door (which will be all glass)!!

 
second story, south wall getting closed in... insulation in place... almost done putting on paper and "rain screen"... still more to do...
But, now it's time to put on our metal roofing!
 
Two separate pallets for upper and lower roof.  They didn't send the right crane so had to drop them both and then have their biggest crane come to lift the upper roof pallet up there!  And, here it is in place!
 
installing eve flashing... getting ready to install first panel... 21ft in length... installation of gable (side) flashing
detail work - caulking under fasteners and covering each one. a number of panels in place! prep for cutting out for vent pipe...
built support jig to work on panel... measuring overhang with panel in place... fits pretty good!... rubber boot caulked and fastened in place...
Using a rubber mallet to "lock" each panel into the next.  Removing the protective tape off the ridge.  We've got a good system now for installing each panel and are excited to get the second half of the roof done (maybe tomorrow?!)  Then the real detail work comes with installing the peak flashing and venting and the west gable flashing.  Then we install the gutter and take down the scaffolding and I'm a happy camper because I really don't like being up this high!!  (although I am more comfortable than when we first started... I still am looking forward to not going up there again!)
 
October 21st - 31st - in between rain drops we finished the upper roof....
 
working our way west... watching our step, pretty slippery... fancy flashing bending... sealing the stitch screws...
all panels are laid! anchor clips for peak venting getting them all in place... profile vent material...
securing it all in place... view across 36ft... detail of vented roof system... finishing work...
 

DONE!... all but two pieces of 30" gable flashing for the east and west sides.  These had to be carefully measured, cut, and bent to custom fit under the peak flashing.  We've attempted it three times but each time the rain starts and it is just too dangerous to be up there on the slick metal.

 
So we came down and finished sheathing the south wall above the kitchen roof and then got a good start on the insulation sandwich for that roof!!
 
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