Construction, Day 5: More Roof Work

The workers shifted one roof and built another.

On May 20, 2014, I began blogging about the construction of my new home in Malaga, WA. You can read all of these posts — and see the time-lapse movies that go with them — by clicking the new home construction tag.

My building has two roofs covering four distinct areas. The 24 x 48 RV garage and 12 x 48 shop share one roof while the 4-car garage and 1200 square foot living space above it share another.

Last week, the builders raised the roof over the RV garage section of the building. Next up was the extension of that roof over the shop area.

But first they had to shift the roof trusses 1 inch down. That was determined by the boss, who stopped by on Sunday to check.

Meanwhile, when I told the workers about how I’d wanted to use the Bobcat to move some gravel, they fixed me right up. They put the bucket on and left the engine running for me. After Angel told me how to release the parking break (duh-oh!), I proceeded to make two trips to the gravel pile, driving through the building to get there and back. I dumped the gravel near the helicopter’s temporary landing zone and used the bucket, to the best of my ability, to spread the gravel. Then I shut down, got out, and did it right with a rake.

Bobcat Driver
Yep, that’s me driving the bobcat to fetch gravel.

Extending the Roof
The workers are almost finished extending the roof out over the shop area in this image.

Once the guys finished shifting the roof — which you can actually see in the time-lapse video below if you look very carefully — they went to work extending that roof out over the shop area.

The work went remarkably quick. They’re using hangers to hang all the beams — we have boxes and boxes of them all over the place here — and they have a hammer guns that make the work a lot easier (and quieter) than constantly banging with a hammer. These guys have obviously done this many times before.

Building from Lookout Point
From Lookout Point halfway to the northern boundary of my 10 acres, my building doesn’t look quite so big.

While they worked, I went down to “lookout point” to paint my bench. It had come hidden away in my shed, painted with school colors — apparently orange and dark green; who thinks of these things? — and I wanted it a more sedate color that would blend in with my surroundings. That meant the same sage green I’ve been using for my beehives, which is very similar to the color of the chicken coop. (I sure hope I don’t get tired of that color.) At one point, I turned back to look at my building. It didn’t look so big from halfway to my property line.

The workers finished up on time — they always do; I’m beginning to think they pace themselves just right — and left for the day. Here’s the time-lapse, I’ve begun trimming them down to only include work done:

4 thoughts on “Construction, Day 5: More Roof Work

  1. Maria, I really love the design of your building. Did you have to sit down with an architect and figure it out or did you have a book of plans? I assume that you didn’t have to pay for their correcting a mistake in the roof offset. It must have come out of someone’s pocket. I can’t wait to see it with the helicopter inside. Love the time lapse videos.

    • The design came out of my head. I looked at a lot of photos of buildings; the split roof idea actually came from the building across the road from me. I didn’t work with an architect, but I did work with the builder to discuss what was possible and most cost effective. For example, the building was originally 50 feet deep instead of 48; the builder pointed out that poles are spaced 12 feet apart so I could save a bunch of money and make construction easier by building sides in multiples of 12. I’m paying a sort of “package price” — so any errors they make come out of their pocket. It only took the guys about 2 hours to move the trusses, so it wasn’t a big deal. The builder also helped me draw up the living space floorplan so it meets code and uses standard sizes — for example a 3-1/2 foot wide stairwell vs. the 4 foot wide stairwell I’d drawn.

      It’s a lot of fun to see something that was in your head become a reality. This is the THIRD time I’d come up with plans for a home; the first two times the plans went nowhere because of an uncooperative partner. Funny how I can get so much more done on my own.

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