Posted on May 23, 2012
Today we built the two dormers that sit on both sides in the middle of the house. I’m glad we went with this design to break up the roof line a bit and add more head room and storage on the inside. These were actually pretty easy to make…they’re essentially mini walls. The plans call for two windows in each dormer, but I removed one in order to gain some wall space inside. This will make more sense once we get the roof on and I can have pictures of this section all plywooded in.
We ended up building each dormer inside the wee house since the floor is clear and it’s a decent amount of space to work. Once one was built and installed up top, we built the other one in about 1/2 the time! Although the framing was pretty sturdy, we get strong winds up here on the mountain. The 2×4 you see going from one side to the other is just a temporary brace to keep the dormers from blowing off. Next up: roof framing 🙂
Posted on May 1, 2012
Another super productive day on the wee house. Dad and I put plywood up on 2 walls, starting with one of the long ones. The full sheets went up quickly with only a smigden to saw off in length. Obviously the hardest sections were where the living room and kitchen window are, but honestly we just nailed up the full sheets and then cut out space for the windows afterwards. That saved a lot of time over measuring and pre-cutting for the window openings I think.
On the exterior bathroom wall, the triangle at the top was the hardest…mostly because it’s a bit high and triangles are just more of a pain to measure and cut accurately. I love that nail gun, but up on a ladder seemed a bit scary for me at first so I let the expert do it 🙂
Now we have all these odd sized scraps of plywood lying around so the gears are turning for how I can use them. A big part of this project is using what I already have and minimizing waste. Of course whatever I end up doing with them will be in a structurally safe manner, but it’s fun to brainstorm the possibilities. The weather has been rainy off and on, but hopefully we can put up more plywood on my next trip down here.