Roofing Our Home, July, 2004

Here is the first section of our house to be covered with a roof. We needed to complete the roof over the office as fast as possible to protect the windows in the walls below. It is also nice to have a place to get out of the weather.

Roofing Our Garage and Solar Room, September, October, 2004

The roof of the garage is framed with the same wood I joists as the rest of the house, leaving a cathedral ceiling in the garage. These joists use less trees than conventional roof framing, and provide a very sturdy roof, without the problems of twisting or shrinking lumber. This photo shows the entire front with the garage completely framed. During construction we encountered a little problem in the front wall. It is not quite level or square. There were several errors that contributed to this problem. Because I know it is wrong, it will probably bother me every time I see it, but no one else notices it. We carefully attached the roofing felt with a lot of extra nails. We want a metal roof, but the price is extremely high right now. I am hoping the price will come back down, so the felt will have to serve as our rain protection for a while.

Before we built the columns under the front glass room the roof sagged about 2 inches in each corner. So, we drove it up with a temporary wood post we made. To compensate for the weight of the roof, we drove the roof up more than needed to straighten it. Then we built the permanent framework under the roof. When we released the temporary bracing the roof settled back, and it is now remarkabley straight.

(These will be updated throughout the project).
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Step 1, Purchasing the Land
Step 2, Designing Our Own Home
Step 3, Our Septic Permit
Step 4, Our Insulated Wall System
Step 5, Cutting Lumber from Our Own Trees
Step 6, Plumbing Before the Slab is Poured
Step 7, Pouring the Concrete Floors
Step 8, Pouring Concrete in the ICF Walls
Step 9, Framing the Wood Walls, Floors, and Roof
Step 10, Installing the Windows
Step 11, Roughing in Plumbing and Electrical
Step 12, Insulation
Step 13, Roofing Our Home
Step 14, Finishing the Cabin

I have friends in the construction industry who are very interested in this home. In appreciation for their assistance, I would like to give them credit for their help, and give you the opportunity to contact them. The following list will be updated regularly:

-Bonnie our helpful realtor can be contacted by EMAIL or by phoning her at 800-871-1910
-Tony of A&L Construction did the clearing, excavating, and sawed lumber from our trees. He can be reached at 828-835-9926.
-Pete is a very good part time carpenter. You can phone him at 828-479-9458.

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