Well, I haven't been gone quite that long but it was longer than I thought. Time flies when you're having fun or just working way more than you should. Not alot was going on with the house itself for awhile as we were trying to get a road in the backway for the power company to bring the lines in. I don't want them to come in down the driveway but that's another post. Anyway, this past weekend we were back to framing and got the roof over the kitchen area framed, decked and mostly felted. Many thanks to our good friend Ted who came and helped us on Saturday. It takes quite a bit of time to cut out and sand all those rafter tails.
Allen didn't have a good pair of tennis shoes to wear on the roof so I got decking duty. That's okay though. That's one thing that you can look back at and really feel like you accomplished something cause you can cover so much square footage with just a few sheets of plywood.
We are using 5/8" CDX plywood for the decking and since the rafters are going to show on the inside we will put the roof insulation (1 1/2" rigid foam board)on top of the decking between sleepers with the metal roofing on top of that. I will use some type of nice 1/4" plywood or other covering (bamboo?) to finish the interior ceiling between the rafters. The clerestory windows will frame up next over the metal beam here and then we will put up the rafters that span the living room area.
I just LOVE the way the rafter tails look on the inside when you get a whole wall of them. The bottom of the metal beam here is at about 10'- 8" so it's a nice, open feeling but not too high I don't think. It feels very comfortable to me. I'm very excited by this! It almost feels like a house!! I hope everyone now can see how this monstrous beam I built is going to work. I know it's hard to imagine some of this crazy stuff without seeing real drawings. We are still winging it a little but I am happy with how its coming. Well, looks-wise not time -wise. I am so ready to get moved in. When we get the whole roof on it might be camp out time!!