Too much sun

This weekend was very hot. On Sunday we were able to finish putting up the framing for the last two skylights and put up some gutter boards. We also made the decision to pay the roof guys to finish putting up the gutter boards. we also took down the wall that was the closet wall that now just extends the pantry up to the roof finally we spent some time contemplating how to get the final trusses up. They are 18 feet in the air. This is a daunting task that we are not yet ready to tackle. Although we must in order to be able to tell the roof guys they can come out.

We also got a bit too much sun. It was very hot. Some of the lovely things that happened while it was very hot out:

These words were said by me “C! The scrap piece of wood left over is exactly the same size I needed for the next piece. Wait, that’s the piece I just measured”

To make 2 boxes I cut 3 pieces of one length and 5 pieces of the other… that’s not how boxes work.

We both ran into stray beams not once, not twice, but multiple times. I have a nice shiner and C has a busted lip.

C dropped a drill bit side down onto my leg when it slipped out of our hands as he was handing it to me off a 10 foot ladder. That one gave me a nice bruise.

Needless to say I do believe it’s about that time of year where work needs to happen either before 1 or after 5.

A very productive weekend.

This weekend we are bound and determined to finish putting our part of the roof up so we can FINALLY have the roof installed. In two days we have prepped for the installation of two of the four skylights, finished the roof on the closet side of the house and almost finished the last of the upstairs trusses. We also started installing the gutter boards. Today we tackle finishing it all up and possibly starting on the battery house. Next weekend we are tackling trying to finish the battery house and framing out the windows upstairs so we can put up the plywood and finally have the house almost completely enclosed.

this skylight still needs a strip of plywood to the left but that’s an easy fix that we can do during the week right before the roofer comes out. we still need to take down the wall in the middle there, but it’s basically done. This is next to our closet and will be the pantry ceiling.

we placed all of the little trusses we could, until we ran out of room. Now we need to figure out how to put the rest up (this side of the roof is 18 feet off the ground, yikes!!)the skylight plywood before we cut the holes. The next two we are building and then putting up. The shower of sawdust was not pleasant.

Garden stuff

This year we were proactive about our gardening. We started our plants in March-ish and planted our first set by the end of March and the next by the end of April. We still have 4 more raised beds to put in (probably this week), but for now we have carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, spinach, Brussel sprouts, watermelon, spaghetti squash, corn, popcorn, summer squash, zucchini, two kind of beans, four types of tomatoes, and two kind of cucumbers growing in the raised beds. Hopefully we can start to harvest some of them in the next few weeks. The blackberries are also blooming, meaning we should have a TON of blackberries in about a month/ month and a half. Very exciting stuff!!!

Trying to finish.

We are SO CLOSE to finishing this house. We currently have enough to finish the roof, put up the exterior wall, and install the electrical. We figured out that another $40,000 should finish the house. We have been to several banks and nobody will give us money. They will lend us money once the house is finished but that doesn’t help us at all. Contractor loans only work if you use the banks’ contractors. This is so frustrating. We have good credit, the ability to pay the loan, but can’t get anything over $30,000. This is incredibly frustrating. I guess what we could do is take the $30,000 loan to get the house livable and then slowly finish it like we intended to. It’s a larger financial strain but it’s doable. That’s really the worst case scenario. In order to move in we have to install the windows and doors, put in insulation, finish the plumbing (including the greenhouse), put up drywall, finish the downstairs bathroom, and buy appliances. After that it’s finishing the floors, painting, and finishing the upstairs bathroom. Ugh this is so stressful. Here is a picture of the current status of the house to cheer us all up:

The rain strikes again

We were supposed to finish the roof trusses last weekend but…. it rained all weekend. Unfortunately we won’t try and put up trusses on ladders 18 feet off the ground. Nope. Not gonna happen. Instead we went out Sunday and put up the last bit of outer wall by the greenhouse. This will hold the last of the 32 foot trusses and will be part of the outside walkway that will lead to the back patio. This weekend the plan is to finish the trusses!! also we had some visitors make their mark on the trusses. We apparently have a whole family of raccoons

Paperwork day

We are trying to finish the trusses this weekend but that may not happen. Mostly because we did not work on the house today. Instead we did all the necessary paperwork stuff in order to continue working. First thing this morning we had a meeting with a friend of ours from the bank to try and get a loan to finish the house. We can do it without a loan but we may not be able to move in this year if we wait. The problem is that we don’t qualify for a construction loan because we aren’t using contractors and a personal loan would need collateral that we don’t really have. Hopefully we can get it worked out!!

After our meeting with the bank we headed over to the place we got our trusses to order the metal sheeting for the roof. This is my highlight of the day. We settled on a color and worked out how much sheeting we needed so in about a week we should have our metal roof delivered!!! Let’s pray our roofer gets back to us to put it on this month too!!

This house really is coming together nicely! I can’t wait to see what it looks like this time next month!!!