Friday, March 20, 2015

Roof Decking

A lot of progress has been made in this wonderful weather!



Last Thursday (March 12th), the crew started the garage trusses. 



They even left a spot for attic access.



Last Friday, it was suppose to rain and didn't. The framing crew didn't show up because of the forecast. I complained and God laughed the next day. I told the framing crew to be out there on Saturday, and it rained!

Not much got done, but I paid for a full day of labor. They studded the wall to the gable over mom's portion of the house. When they do this, they also create the overhang.



They also trussed the gable roof over the back porch.



The weather turned beautiful on Sunday and continued into Wednesday. I've never seen the crew get so much done as they did on Monday. They started by studding gable walls and creating the overhangs.



I saw a patch of plywood decking and thought they just *might* start that today.



That was at lunch time when I was dropping the kiddos home from school. Sure enough, when I came home from work, there was decking on the roof!


They "plywood'd" the whole roof to the second floor and the front part of Mom's gable. The next day, they were out there at 7AM working on getting the rest of the plywood up.




There was a hiccup we ran into when dealing with the roof line. The drawings didn't show a slanted ceiling line at the top of the stairs, but the gable roof sure did cut into the stairwell.



I didn't want to lose the space, so the framer came up with a great idea! Add a window at the top of the stairs and create a small hip roof to camouflage and not take away from the gable behind it.

I really liked the idea and gave it the green light. But I got REALLY excited when I realized what it did to the inside. I thought it was just going to light up the staircase, until I realized how the loft is open and the window will benefit the sitting area! Score!



On Tuesday, while they were applying plywood, we also got the dormers framed!



That was a whole new step that really "wow'd" me. The dormers really made an impact!



The framers then started adding plywood to the sides of the gables. But the end of our side and the end of Mom's side still do not have the plywood.



There are still some pieces left unfinished. The roofline over the kitchen is incomplete. A metal roof was going to go there, but now they say there is an issue with the tilt of the roof and they are doing something different. I'm anxious to see what they come up with.



On Wednesday, they surprised me with felt paper on the roof!



I was sursprised because I was told to schedule the shingle delivery for March 30th. But this allowed them to work on the inside on Thursday while it rained. Smart!

On Thursday, it started off rainy, but cleared up. My crew didn't stay long. They laid the hip roof on the stairwell.



And they started on the stairs!



I was told this would be one of the last things they would do. It is a pain for them to use the ladder, but it is for everyone's safety. Neighbors are curious and snoop in houses. I'm one of them! The second floor is not safe for ANYONE to be roaming around, so their access is denied. I will be so excited when I can finally see the second floor.



There is A LOT of water still in the house. Looks like a day's worth of work to get shop vac's over there to get it all up. The sun is not drying it up now that we have a roof. And the temp isn't quite hot enough yet.

And I am still infatuated with the roof line. I knew it was important, but I also didn't weigh the impact it had on making it look bigger or smaller. But I will say, gable roofs make a house look huge! And I'm thinking of all the attic space I will have!!! There is a whole third floor up there I can use! No bending over as you walk around. 

The next date I am looking forward to is the window and door installation. Delivery is scheduled for Thursday!! I cannot wait!

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