Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ski season on Kahboo Hill

The temperature was 8 degrees the other morning, not really the best for building, so we've been skiing instead ...

The road and driveway

At the entrance to Kahboo Hill Rd.

Going up .. .

Down is more fun!
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

More overhangs

Here's the last of the pine. It will be covered w/ tar paper ASAP, before it rains.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


On the job
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Back to work after a month away. The current job is to finish the sub-facia and overhangs , which are being done with 1x6 T&G pine. So far the south-facing roof is done, with the higher north facing roof and loft still to go.

There will be three skylights above the porch.
The supports are temporary; hopefully we don't get any major snow loads anytime soon.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More loft ratfers

Loft raters are up

A view from the north.

The loft is just 10' wide, but the rafters are 2x10s, to get enough depth for the required insulation (R-30). They're held at the peak by plywood 1/2" gussets, glued and nailed (lots of nails).

An interesting roof line for a small house.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Building the loft wall

The loft wall being assembled, balanced on a few 2x6s that are across the temporary loft floor joists. A bit precarious but it worked fine.

Building the loft wall

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Plywood is on the lower (south) side of the cabin. The clerestorey wall is up, and the rafters on the high (north) side are on. The ceiling in the living and dining room area is 15 feet (~4 m).

You can see a gap in the rafter spacing behind me. This is where the (yet to be built) loft will be.

Detail shot of roof outriggers.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The rafters

Hanging a rafter on the south wall.

Only 15 more to go ...

Rafter detail.

Half the rafters are in!

The predator-in-chief takes a snooze.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

And on the seventh day ...

they rested ....

at least a little.

The crew atop Mt Constitution

Brian at the lookout tower

Whew! What a lot of work.

Sadly for us, the crew departed on the red eye on Sunday, having arrived late the previous Saturday. They have another 16 hour drive ahead of them, while we will be contemplating just how much was accomplished in one week (and how much remains .....).

The fifth wall

Most rectangular buildings only have four walls, but to keep things interesting we added a fifth -- running down the center, it supports much of the roof, and will allow us to have clearstory windows in the middle of the house.

The center wall is essentially a 24" x 6" plywood box beam, supported by 4 6x6 posts.

The top of the wall is exposed on one side, so we've insulated it.

Russ and Bart fit plywood to the box beam.

Russ inspects the post.