Monthly Archives: November 2006

Trusses & Wire Up

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In the kids loft there will be an arched window. One of the first things I did this morning was setup the arch. It is going to be a beautiful space… It is very tempting to commandeer it! While I … Continue reading

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Front Arch Up

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Building higher scaffolding was the first order of the day so that we could put up the concrete blocks for the front wall above the bond beam. This scaffolding will also allow us to safely work tomorrow when we setup … Continue reading

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Hope’s Cake

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Tuesday morning Hope announced she was making a cake. She made up her own recipe – none of this being restricted by other chef’s ideas or cookbooks for her! In her words it had “flour, spices, chocolate and other stuff.” … Continue reading

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Back Arch Up

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This morning when I went to uncover the back wall of the tiny cottage I discovered that some busy chipmunk had cached a load of maple seeds under the burlap bags we used for insulation. Sadly I had to remove … Continue reading

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Taming Trusses

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Today was a rest day for Ben and Will after our long push to get the walls up. While the concrete cures Holly and I worked on the trusses and other details getting ready to do the roof. Realize that … Continue reading

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Ring Beam Finished

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Oops! I forgot to get a final photo this morning after we finished the last touches on the ring beam! After we finished up pouring nine more buckets of concrete to top off the ring beam we rushed off to … Continue reading

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Bond Beam Ring Up

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Another glorious, sunny day on the tiny cottage construction site. Above is Ben running both of our mortar mixers. For most of the day he only would actually run one motor at a time, prepping the other while one ran, … Continue reading

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Window Framing

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Today we dry stacked the remaining three courses of concrete blocks below the top ring beam. To do that I removed the insulation over all the previous walls and checked out the curing of the previous core pours. They looked … Continue reading

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First Window Frames

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Today we finished cutting all the pieces for the windows. In addition to the actual window frames there are also parts and pieces to act as supports for the load of the channel block above while it cures. This made … Continue reading

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Framing Windows

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Today was another wood working day for our tiny cottage. Holly is cutting cedar 2×4’s for window framing. The reason we’re using cedar is that it will be next to the concrete and I don’t want the wood to rot. … Continue reading

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