Butcher Shop Front – Scaffold Down
Ben, who is now 18, built nearly all of the scaffolding on the butcher shop project. His work kept us safe when we were 25′ up in the air as we poured the walls and roof of our big project. The dogs have loved having the scaffolding as it gives them a high cliff from which to watch the goings on of the world – an unintended bonus.
This week Ben took down the scaffolding from the front of the building. It creates an illusion that makes the butcher shop even taller than it used to look. I think that is because previously the scaffolding projected outward while now it is a shear cliff along the face of the building.
Front Steps of Butcher Shop
The wooden forms which we used to pour the building in place will stay on for a few more years. They are covering the insulation which protects it from the weather. Eventually we’ll take those forms off to reuse them for another project but until then the outside of the building is a good place to store them. Some of these forms actually came from other projects like the south field shed and building our cottage. Reuse, repurpose, recycle.
Right around the front door of the butcher shop the pink foam insulation was exposed so Ben painted that to protect it from the weather. A someday project is that we’ll be cladding the exterior of the butcher shop with stone. That won’t happen until after we’ve finished building out the smokehouse, chillers and slaughter sections. Those parts of the project make money which pays for the building while cladding with stone work is just pretty and fun. Practicality rules as there is no zoning or homeowners association to be bothered out here in the sticks.
Lumber from Scaffold for Awning
Ben’s next project on the outside is he’s going to make a awning over the front door, stoop, steps and sidewalk that projects out past where we park the van on the inspector’s slab. This will shed rain and snow making the steps safer as well as loading and unloading more pleasant. That awning might not happen for a few months as it is not a high priority until fall nor is it necessary to opening the butcher shop for meat cutting – a date we’re fast approaching. The awning is little luxury but one we’re looking forward to having.
Scaffolding at the mid-level and high-level are still visible along the north side, the dark side of the building. We needed to take to take down the front scaffold to do the awning but the rest of the scaffold will stay on for a while both so we can continue to reach the roof easily where I’m doing ventilation pipes for plumbing and there’s no need for that lumber yet so it’s a good place to store it for now.
Peeking over the top of the roof you can see the start of the tower. Higher Mech will eventually be up there with refrigeration compressors. The tower gives us natural ventilation so we can control the airflow in the building without the use of fans. A solid state non-electric solution that uses rising air pressure and the wind to do the job.
Outdoors: 79°F/35°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/63°F
Daily Spark: “It’s Dr. Jekle to you!” said Mr. Hyde. (A good friend of mine never liked his first name abreviated.)