Let's get the roof (sort of) put on before the rains get us!

Me with my GIANT daikon radish and a bunch of kale - it already feels like home!

Me with my GIANT daikon radish and a bunch of kale - it already feels like home!


Monday: Braced Wall Panels

This was an interesting week - we spent Monday preparing for our shear wall and roof framing inspection - it was a day of many nails…it seemed as though there was always one more spot to put in some nails.

A Portal Frame with Hold Downs (PFH) was required for our front wall to resist lateral movement during a seismic event. Overhead is a 20' 4x12 header!

A Portal Frame with Hold Downs (PFH) was required for our front wall to resist lateral movement during a seismic event. Overhead is a 20' 4x12 header!


Tuesday: Our Rainy Shear Wall Inspection Day

We had torrential rains on Tuesday morning and spent the earlier hours sweeping out the rain that had come in through windows and that found its way in through the long screws the hold down the insulation on the roof. Then we had our inspection, which was a pass and very smooth.
 

Our nailing schedule was 3-in on center around the Portal Frame!

Our nailing schedule was 3-in on center around the Portal Frame!


Wednesday: Porch Roof

Wednesday the house had dried out (we have done enough building now that I no longer have a massive panic attack every time our plywood gets rained on…though I do wonder at times if the weather gods go searching through the atmosphere looking for houses without their papering on yet). We raised the beam for the porch into place and got the rafters installed and then put the plywood and roofing felt on it. Balances out the house nicely and it’s going to be nice to have a wide covered stoop to come home to. 

Our porch called for simple framing with a modest slope. It's awaiting some sheathing here.

Our porch called for simple framing with a modest slope. It's awaiting some sheathing here.


Thursday: Installing the Front Wall Soffit

Thursday building the soffit across the front of the house. We’ve planned it to allow the front rooms of the house to catch as much sun as possible, lend an aesthetic, and also act as a chase to house outdoor speakers and lighting.

Our front facing soffit is deep for lighting and audio speakers (music for gardening). We used leftover 2x4 material for the framing. We've virtually no wood waste on the project.

Our front facing soffit is deep for lighting and audio speakers (music for gardening). We used leftover 2x4 material for the framing. We've virtually no wood waste on the project.


Friday: Making the Walls Weather-Resistant with Jumbo-Tex Paper

Then we moved on to papering the house. We have all but the last layer up front on and we’ll do that in the morning, along with nailing up some last plywood that needs to be added around the porch to catch siding properly. As rain is becoming more and more a part of our forecast (weird summer!) we opted to tack on some large sheets of plastic over the roof to keep things dry. Our roofing is on order and arrives on the 17th, the windows will arrive the following week.

We almost finished the papering but ran out of staples!

We almost finished the papering but ran out of staples!


Preparing for the next stage: 

  • We also spent some time this week ironing out interior details.
  • We are ready to place our siding order and sourced the 6 x 6 cedar columns that will make up the pergola across the front of the house.
  • We also designed our kitchen and made the purchases of the counters and cabinetry while it was on sale.
  • And lastly, we were able to locate where to put our inside electrical panel - had a variance given by the power company that allows for a good placement in the house. So the week went…a combination of small and large things done. Still feeling like a smooth and attainable build...