Archive for May, 2010

Day 17 to 20

Front gable is framed on porch roof at the end of day 17

Trying to fix a leak in the roof

Mr. T is putting in the plywood gussets over the bump out

Cutting insulation for the roof.

Start on the roof insulation, which is polyiso with a fiberglass/tar paper backing. Itchy.

At the end of the day of insulating. We made good progress.

Take a look at the framing for the skylights

Interior view of the dormer where the bathroom will be.

Another view of the space.

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Bungalow blog community, please weigh in on roof colors. We have picked out a roofing material for our new roof, which is a standing seam metal roof from Classic Metal Roofing. It an aluminum sheet metal with a Kynar finish. We had originally picked out the Terra Red color because we already knew our house with a red roof and it is always easy to tell someone how to find us, since we are the only house with a red roof on our street. I also come from a place where most roofs are red, so it seemed natural to me. Here is the terra red color. Which is more solid than shown here and does not have  those darker shadow areas.

Here is what we were thinking for house colors.

And we like this too, but thought the red would be too much with a red roof.

This is another color we like, and it looks more purple. The color is installed as a shingle style on a house close to here so we are able to get a good idea about color.

I think we are hung up on really liking the individual color. We really like the siding color and the dark color (sash in the first picture), which is Wenge from Benjamin Moore Aura but should we also consider colors that maybe don’t jump out at us like that but go well together and make the picture work as a whole? Any thoughts or comments?

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Day 14, 15 and 16

Making good progress:

Sheathing and ice&water shield installed on the south side.

Back gable window lowered.

Side walls of dormer lowered to 7 feet (2,13m)

Wrapped in blue, but that didn't keep the rain totally out.

Here's the new window height. The old one was where the orange brace goes across. I am really glad I asked them to lower it.

Here's a skylight opening. My left hand shows the splay of the rafter and my right hand shows how the angle turns back to be plumb with the rafter for the insulation layer.

Dumpster switch.

When you get a new dumpster and have  full one in your driveway, they put the empty dumpster in the street, pick up the full dumpster and drop it on the street further down, then come back and pick up the empty dumpster and put that in your driveway, and then pick up the full dumpster and drive off. Quite spectacular.

Here's a look at the dormer side, 2 hours into the work day on Day 16.

End of day 16. Roof and dormer is sheathed.

The gable walls now have blue tarp which means we can't get up there right now, but it will also keep us dry if it rains on the weekend.

Next week the German work crew comes 🙂 so the carpenters need to start putting up the purlins on top of the roof deck. Those will ideally be spaced 4 feet apart, however they need to tie into the rafter and they are not always perfectly spaced. The foam board insulation will go in between the purlins and one layer will go on top to help out with thermal bridging. The purlins will also make up the overhangs, which will start at 2 feet. Once we put up insulation, back venting and siding, the overhang will be 18 inches, which is typical for the houses in our neighborhood.

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Day 13

Another day at work for me and a great weather for the carpenters to work on the roof. Today, they framed the back gable wall and have the walls up for the dormer.

Back gable

I think we need to readdress the height of the window of the back gable. from what I can see from the ground, it must be around 3 feet of the floor. With a window height of 48 inches, the top of the trim would be over 7.5 feet up there. Personally I think that is too high. For the front gable we don’t have a choice, because of the porch roof, and I had told the guys to use that as a reference. No that I see this, I don’t think it works. I feel bad about asking them to redo their work but we are not going to redo this later so it is either now or never.

Dormer walls

From this last perspective, it looks like the dormer window is at a lower height than the back gable. I will suggest this as a window height and see if the guys think it is a good idea. Ultimately, I don’t think it matters, since non of these windows visually connect like the windows on the first floor. We’ll see tomorrow.

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Day 11 and 12

Saturday was a busy day. A lot got done.

Saturday morning after about 1/2 hour of work

After maybe another hour or so

At the end of Saturday

On Monday I had to go to work all day, so I didn’t get to record the progress. But here is the end of Monday picture.

And the result of Monday's work. The main roof is almost framed.

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Day 9 and 10

It rained all night Wednesday night and the forecast for Thursday said 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms. By the looks of the radar, we were in for another big one during the day. So the crew decided to call it off for the day. I watched the radar all day and looked out every so often and not a drop was seen. Oh well. It was one of those days where it looks like it is going to rain any minute and then never does.

Today is day 10 of construction and it is finally taking on some shape. The guys banged away all day, getting the details over the bump out finished up and starting to frame the roof. Yes, that’s right, the roof.

1st LVL rafter getting set.

2nd LVL Rafter, the dormer will go in between these two on the other side only.

With ridge beam.

Back section of Ridge beam set with second to last rafter pair.

With A.'s help, I even climbed up the ladder onto the roof to check out the view.

A view from the front end.

I am excited for tomorrow to see how far they get.

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Day 7 and 8

Day 7 brought another full day of rain but one of the guys was able to put up a temporary wall that will support the joists when they will cut them and hang them off the new beam. A. and I then spent the evening removing the plaster in that section of the ceiling. This needed to get done anyway at some point since we had damaged the ceiling pretty good when we tried to get the new joists in.

On day 8, it looked like it was going to rain all day but it held off. So the crew got the beam cut in and it also looks like they were able to get some of the straps in that the engineer had spec’d.

The orange is a double 9" LVL that the rafters will land on over the dining room bump out.

These still need to get a number of different Simpson hangers: to hang the joists of the LVL on both sides and to connect the joists to the top plate of the exterior wall.

Strap peaking through that are installed all around to tie the joist to the rim joist and and down into the wall.

And once again, the forecast for today calls for rain. It has already rained all night with some heavy down pours and thunder but so far so good, no leaks that I can tell. But it looks like tomorrow we stand a pretty good chance for some dry weather.

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Day 6

It’s hard to notice what got done today but I took a few close-ups and you can see the new rim joist peeking through.

New rim joist peaking through.

And here.

It looks like the rim joist is in everywhere but over the pump out where there will be more work involved. It also means that we will have to removed a 1 foot section of the dining room ceiling, but that’s OK. It is already all messed up from when we got the new joist in there. So we’ll be doing that tomorrow night. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain so no work will get done and if Wednesday is dry, timing will work out just fine.

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Day 5 – Rain

Day 5 of construction brought a lot of rain and the Wassertaufe for our rubber roof. Well, it didn’t pass right away:

Luckily I was home and called the guys, who came over quickly and fixed the leak by putting some water lock in there. The spot is already dry but because this is clay plaster, you can see where the wet spots were. I will probably try wetting this down sometime and moving it around with a sponge and see if that fixes it. And while the wall needed airing out, I decided to go ahead and pull off the plaster in the stairway. I was already wet and i hoped it would circulate more air to the back of the wall.

Last night, curious cat had jumped over the top lath of the other stairwell wall and got herself stuck inside the 1st wall cavity you see here bottom up. Poor thing. I tried pulling her out by her hind legs but I didn’t want to pull to hard, afraid of hurting her. Then, somehow she managed to turn herself right side up and I was able to pull her out. She was pretty freaked out and took it easy this morning.

Blue collar is the curious cat.

We also had a meeting with our lead carpenter and PM on Friday morning and learned that some structural issues will have to get worked out. So A. has been spending all of Saturday doing calcs, drawing and staring at the Simpson Strong Tie catalog to figure out how this is going to work. We don’t have the final verdict yet.

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We got a convertible.

And tomorrow, it’s supposed to rain. 😦

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