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We still don’t have everything done for the roof to go on but we did finally get our milestone of getting the insulation done on the outside walls, so the roofer can come in and install the flashing. Last weekend we had some rain so we didn’t get too much done. Instead we went and looked at some more roofs that our roofer did. We also stopped at an antique store. It was mostly for fun and to find a plant stand or stool for a plant we have. To our surprise, in the last room of the antique store, we happened upon a table, which is now gracing our dining room (picture later). We have also finished beefing up the porch roof and installed the sheeting to the main gable between the porch roof and the attic. The wall is also insulated and we framed out a door for access.

This weekend, we worked on the insulation on the front gable wall it is done enough for now.

And we had actually gotten the dormer wall done last Friday before the rain started.

I also painted a larger area of the siding to get a better idea of color:

I think the color is a bit brighter and we will also paint the water table trim the white trim color. We will get a pretty good idea of what it will all look like when we install the siding on the dormer.

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It really seemed like we would never see this day, but yesterday it happened: We put the last piece of plywood on the roof to finish the sheathing. WOW.

Here is a recap:

1st row

2nd row

3rd row

Already the last row

This is the last piece of plywood. We wrote a little note.

Putting the last piece in place.

Nailing it in.

We started on the ice&water shield yesterday evening and hope to finish it today.

Because the tarps are off the roof, we were able to see what the light would feel like in the upstairs with the skylights. It is pretty awesome:

I also removed the rubber membrane.

Already, the space is really bright and it will even be better with lighter walls when the plaster goes on.

And I had some fun with wildlife last week. Something was seriously eating my tomatoes and I assumed it was squirrels. So I put out the life trap with some apples and nuts and the next morning, those were gone but no squirrel. I put some more apples and nuts and the next day, I had caught a possum:

He's a bit pisssed.

That afternoon I saw this little guy hanging out and so I checked out where he disappeared to.

He was digging gigantic holes underneath the retaining wall.

I put out the trap again after I dropped off the possum and thought maybe this guy likes cheese. Sure enough:

He's a ground hog.

I dropped him off the same place I took the possum, so hopefully they can keep each other company like they did in our back yard.

BTW, we do not live out in the country or on the outskirts of town so this kind of wild life is pretty amazing. Hopefully, the deer aren’t going to start showing  up any time soon.

It’s feeling like fall is right around the corner, the air is drying up and the days are getting shorter very noticeably. We still have a lot to do on the roof and are going to switch gears to the trim of the roof next. We have considered LP Smart Side Trim but I don’t like the edges because they look really unfinished. We have also considered figure jointed pine, a product called Windsor One, but I am not reading anything good about it when used on the exterior. So I think I am back to cedar and might just go with the select right knot grade for cost reasons. With the right kind of prep on the knots, I feel like it should hold up at least half the time than the 80 year old pine trim that is on our house now.

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Slow Progress

The German work grew left and the rain came.

Starting ice and water shield.

And that’s about all we have to show for but pretty good for a one man crew. Oh yeah, and the windows got reinstalled with flashing, see picture. And the purlins were installed on top of the dormer roof. Now we think that form overhang might come too close to the skylights but we will ask the roof supplier/installer about this. Hopefully we can make it work with some tweaking.

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Since I am loosing track of counting the days it has been on roof construction and since the carpenters are mostly out of here, I am not gonna count days anymore. I took the crew four weeks plus two weekend days to get it to this point and there is a day or so of work to do plus clean up on their part. We have worked on the insulation and I also took some vacation trips with out German work crew :).

Insulation progress on the south side.

Front half of north side with 3 layers of insulation.

The new tarp roof.

The back of the north side is almost done, only one piece of plywood missing, but this is a slightly earlier picture. The front is all plywooded. The carpenters still need to frame the purlins on the dormer.

The windows are installed.

However, the windows were ordered wrong by the supplier: three lights for both upper and lower sash. Today, one of their guys is supposed to come by and remove the grill on the lower sashes. I am skeptical about this, but suppose they’ll have to try it. They are also installed without any sill panning or any house wrap our building paper in the rough framing. We will look at this with the PM and he will decide if they will reinstall the windows with those things in place. I think without the correct installation, the manufacturer will void the warranty.

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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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