Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Peaks and the Roof

This is the ceiling above the kitchen. Andy and Mindy did a lot of work on the East roof above the living room, and Andy is up there now, plugging along. It seems like there is an acre of roof on this house.
The living room is a very nice area, and having the roof/ceiling in place really makes the room look great. It has always amazed us how closing in a space can make it feel larger. Every step of the process has made our house feel larger.
Chris takes a turn up on the roof. We finished the roof up to the loft joists on this day, and what a beautiful clear day it was. All of us went home with a bit of sun on our faces.Karen, Mindy and the boys were out today, too. They measured, cut, and moved a whole lot of lumber with us, and while Chris and Andy were up on the roof, they cleaned up the house. I don't know why Ethan looks so downcast, because Mindy is one of the most easy people to get along with. She does look pretty authoritative in this pose, though...

Andy is hammering in the final nails on the first peak we built. We chose to build them in the loft area, and then pass them up. It was a good system, and by the time we finished the last peak, it was a piece of cake. We built and stacked them on top of each other. Andy would lift the peak over his head from the loft area while Chris would stand on a 2x12 on the loft joists. He would pick it up from Andy, lift it up over the collar ties, then drop it in place. They are heavy, and Andy would guide the ends over the collar tie as Chris lowered it. Nice and smooth.This is the basement on the North wall, and will be the egress window for the boys' bedroom. Andy framed this in and sheathed it up. It looks real neat from the inside.
We figured it was about time we frame in the South windows, so that's finally done, too. With Andy in between projects at work, he really went to town at the house site! You can see the first three peaks up on the North end of the house.
Working on the last few boards on the West roof. No pun intended, mom. No, really... stop laughing. It's not punny.

Andy and Chris are squatting happily on the roof, and Matt is there, too, standing in between the peaks.
There is so much beautiful light that comes in the house through the South wall. It's really amazing, and we are absolutely thrilled with the design of the house. It's hard to capture the feel of the house with a camera. You really have to stand here and look around to take it all in. It's almost cathedral like.
The South view on Sunday afternoon. I ran up to take a few final pictures because yes, once again I ran out of batteries on Saturday evening. But the sunlight on Sunday was beautiful, so it's all good. It's a very squat, sunken look, and it just settles into the land.

The back side of the house, with the roof done up to the peaks. It's nice to know we won't get so much rain or snow into the house now.

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