Construction, Day 7: Adding the High Roof Beams

Construction begins on the challenging roof.

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.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, my future home has two roofs — or a split roof. One is higher than the other. While the roof over my RV garage could be constructed with trusses made off-site and shipped in, the roof over my living space had to be fully constructed on site. That’s because the space beneath it will have a vaulted ceiling; I didn’t want to look at trusses or beams.

The beams to support this roof are not only long — more than 24 feet each — but they’re thick. They’re laminated beams made by layering multiple pieces of lumber into one thick beam. And because their highest point is more than 30 feet off the ground, they needed to be hoisted into place with a crane.

The workers spent the morning prepping the tops of the poles that would soon support the beams. They installed specially made pieces of hardware atop each pole. Then the crane went to work and the workers guided each beam into place. They were about halfway done when I returned from some errands and stopped to take some photos.

Building Site
Here’s a slightly different angle on the building site. The building looks big from this angle, no?

Hoisting a Beam
This beam gave them a bit of trouble getting into position. Corey, the boss, said it’s because of the audience; none of the other beams were difficult to place.

While I was out, the windows were delivered. I was delighted with them, as I blogged about here.

Later, I took a walk out to visit my bees and looked back at the construction site. I’m really looking forward to getting the RV back under cover and a real roof over my head again.

Looking back from my Bees
Here’s a late afternoon look back from my bee yard to my construction site.

Here’s the time-lapse for Day 7:

Or if you want to see the first 7 days, edited with titles and music, try this:

2 thoughts on “Construction, Day 7: Adding the High Roof Beams

  1. Maria, You bring tears to my eyes watching your video, reminds me of what Lee taught me to do with photos I took in China and elsewhere. Still miss him and I love your music choice. But beyond that, I want you to know how much this reader appreciates your sharing your thoughts and actions. You are absolutely amazing in what you tackle. I will begin gathering pallets to build my own raised garden but think I’ll use rocks instead of straw to fill the sides. Love the photo of your bee yard. It won’t be long before you too have 33 hives in your yard or around the area. In case you ever suddenly experience anaphylactic shock from a bee sting like I did, consider getting a prescription and adding an “Epipen” to your kit. Go gal! Hugs, Sharon

    • Thanks, Sharon. So nice to hear from you!

      Life goes on, eh? We make the best of our situations, miss certain aspects of our pasts, but always look ahead. It’s the only thing we can do. This project was stalled for too long, but I’ve saved up to make it happen. It’s such a pleasure to be moving forward in my life again after too many years held back by a risk-adverse old man.

      I looked into Epipens and they’re very expensive. One beekeeper suggested children’s Benedril which comes in liquid form and is quickly absorbed by the bloodstream. The idea is to drink the whole bottle and get your butt to the hospital PDQ. I’ve only been stung a few times and don’t have much of a reaction.

      33 hives would be great; I’m hoping to get my count up to 10 by the end of this season and do pollination locally in the spring.

      If you get up this way, PLEASE stop by. I have an RV space for guests and you can come for as long as you like. Eventually, I’ll even have a guest room. Imagine that!

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