APRIL 2009                                   Click on (most) images for a larger view.

A mix of rain and cold weather was the start to this month... 

... so we bundled up and worked on the east wall.  We finished up the P2000 insulation and tarped it over again to protect it from the rain.  The forecast is for warmer, clearer weather by the weekend...

We decided to head under cover and complete two small wall sections above the door in the kitchen.  We changed our design and put a window in to further enhance the spatial layering of the inside to outside transition.
here is a complex cutout to wrap around a glulam... hefting the section up to Thomas up on the platform... and in to place it goes... fits like a glove... and the two small wall sections are completed.
April 5-6 - The weather has started to turn around and get warmer and more Spring like.  I realized that we need to be open to change in plans due to the weather.  I think it improves our ability to be able shift focus on to other tasks.

So here we are back to the east wall again... and we get it closed in, covered with tyvek, and strapping in place.  We decided not to put tyvek over the top of the stairway window so we could get some light in.  Typically  you run the tyvek over the windows and then just before you put your windows in you cut through the paper and fold it to the inside to create a seal around the window before you tape to further seal the opening.  

this is an interesting perspective
that one rarely gets to see.  It is 
taken from the south upper glulam extension looking down and north
to the lower glulam extension.
Once we get in to the rhythm of
each of our own tasks it becomes
an assembly line of work and flows quite smoothly getting things done efficiently.
Thomas measures and mounts
while I measure, cut and deliver.

Taking care of detail work around the top of the stairway window.

I'm getting more comfortable with the skill saw now.  Thomas had been doing all the cutting as I was quite intimidated with it.  It seemed so unwieldy/awkward for me to handle.  I started to use it when we were closing in the west wall because it would reduce the time considerably if Thomas stayed out on the scaffolding putting P2000 and OSB in to place after I measure and cut it all instead of him having to come in and cut and go back out.  Bit by bit I got more comfortable as I made better cuts and was reinforced when they actually fit!  Thomas gave me more and more tips so I would understand the working and handling of it.  I was determined to be patient and try to learn it.  What was once a frustrating chore that I didn't like to do (because I didn't know how) became a new skill that I now enjoy doing because I understand how to do it.  What an accomplishment!  Now I have to do the same with the table saw!

April 7-8 - It is getting darker inside as we get all closed in so we decided it was time to install some temporary plugs inside the house instead of running the extension cords from the workshop... that was getting unruly.  So we called the electrical inspector to let him know we'd like to do that and requested he come out to inspect.  We got the go ahead so we got right to it.  Thomas has a very good understanding of wiring so tutors me along to supplement what I am learning through our wiring books ("Electrical Code Simplified" and "Ultimate Guide to Wiring").

We started by salvaging 25 feet of armored cable that had been wired to an outside plug at the back of the old house (but had not been in use for a number of years).  We will mount the outlets in the entry area so it would be accessible from many parts of the house.  We will run the cable up the wall and staple it across the joists over to the service panel.  We left enough slack in the cable that it can be released and moved to different joists when we build 2 interior walls in that area.  Three receptacles were joined in series in a framed box... the first being a Ground Fault Interrupter that will trip if overloaded and shut down the other two. 

practicing on making new extension cords...  wiring each outlet, joining them in a series... box is mounted and ready for inspection... 15amp breaker is off cleaning up in preparation to start building the entry floor and stairway
We got that done the day before the inspector was to come, so then we took the time to rearrange things and doing a good cleaning up.  We moved all the P2000 out of the guestroom bathroom, cleared out the stairwell floor of lumber we had put aside, sorted through scrap lumber, moved all the rainscreen strapping out of the entry, and swept and vacuumed!  Wow! what a difference!  It feels so open and clean now!
creating a little lumber room... plans table moved to bathroom... looking east from the entry hall... loading up the inglenook with stuff...
April 9-10 - Then we determined that the next thing to do was get working on the entry and stairs.  Eventually we will be raising the entry to a 8 1/4 inch platform, so we first must lay down the sub floor which consists of 3/8 P2000 against the slab to insulate topped with 5/8 T&G plywood.  Then we have to determine what to make our stair treads out of so we can measure and cut our stringers.  This will take a while to figure out!
looking from front door to entry
out through to patio...
laying the P2000 in stairway...
laying the P2000 in entry...
sealing and taping in it in place...
One thing leads to another as we must think ahead to when we will be building a knee wall to separate the entry platform from the walk way in to the house... do we build the wall on top of the platform or on the floor?  After much consideration for how to mount the final trim and have the wall continue to the inglenook, we decided it would be built on the floor.

We extended the P2000 out past the plywood so it can be joined and taped to other sheets later, but we must protect it from traffic so we covered it with resawn lumber.

We took some time out on the weekend... I had been browsing the building supply section of "usedvictoria.com" when I came across an ad put on  for a fir Dutch door!  I have always wanted one and felt it would be the perfect door for the kitchen.  I couldn't believe it, it was exactly what I imagined it would be!!!  It was advertised as a stable door, so I had this romantic notion that it was in a stable and some fine horse had leaned out through it to bask in the sunshine and sniff at a breeze.  Turns out the couple selling it are British and that is their term for this type of door!  We all got a kick out of my notion.  We had a lovely visit and learned about all the renovations they were doing to their home!
April 12 - 17 - Now... to the stairs...  after reviewing of the code and looking at what premade treads are out there and what look we wanted for the stairs, we determined that we want to build our own.  We have two options to run by our building inspector to make sure he is ok with it; we've got to do this first before we make any cuts in the stringers.  Our first idea was to make them out of 3/4" red oak hardwood laminated plywood on top of 5/8 plywood we already have and put a douglas fir bull nose on them (we had put aside clear douglas fir 2x6s to use for trim work).  We hope that contrasting two woods will advance the design of the stairs beyond basic construction to an architectural statement.  The second option is to reclaim the 3/4" fir flooring in the old house to put on top of the 5/8 plywood and put the above described douglas fir bull nose on them.  We think this will make a fine statement of mixing old with new and will demonstrate sustainability by reusing materials.  So we are going to make a tread of each to help us make the final choice.
preparing plywood...

"reclaiming" - we actually took 
out a section of our current floor 
in the old house... immediately covering up the hole with OSB!
We first started on the table saw 
to cut out a trench in the bullnose 
to fit around the 5/8" plywood...
then we remembered we had a rotor set on loan to us from a good friend, so we got that set up and it worked like a charm!
April 17 - 21 - Boat haulout...

April 22 - Window quote work...

April 24 - 26 - Sail to cottage...
April 27 - 29 - temporary stair treads, erected guard wall, erected Heat Recovery Ventilation "room" wall, erected stairway enclosure wall, installed beam at foot of stairs...
April 30 - planned how we are going to build the jam for the door to the guestroom (GR)  bathroom and framed in that wall.  Revisited design of shower for GR and redesigned bathroom walls to use recycled shower safety glass as "windows". Sealed glulam beam ends with "Big Stretch" caulking as they had started to check because they have dried out.
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