Today we finished up the kids’ loft which will be up over the front room of the tiny cottage. Their loft has a window looking out over the upper pond and south field, room enough for a queen bed that takes up the whole floor, two large counters for play and projects, built in cloth’s push-me-pull-you draws and book shelves on either side. That’s a lot of functionality in the end eves of such a small cottage! To give them a little extra room I’m going to make a curved balcony that sweeps out over the arch between the commons room and the front room.
The diagonals bracing the scaffolding approximate the arch that will go between the rooms. They give a feeling for the space as it will be in the end. I intend to do that arch in red brick which will contrast with the plaster walls. The 2×6 above the arch demonstrates the width of the arch. This was handy for showing what the space would look like and how the balcony would interact with the rest of the room. The loft balcony will only come out about half of the cantilevered portion of the scaffold planking.
The big question on the loft now is how do the kids get up there? Their loft bed in the old farm house has a nice ladder. Ben suggested building a jungle gym in the new house. A climbing rope has also been suggested as well as a climbing tree, rock climbing wall – after all the house is stone – and of course a boring old ladder. All are possibilities.
As we put up the thirteen foot long 2×6 beam we found we lacked the necessary number of hands hold the beam in place, set the studs and screw it all together. The solution was to hang the beam from sky hooks. Fortunately there are handy pieces of rebar right where I needed a few sky hooks. What luck.
The 2×4 under the beam along the wall gave us one more hand as we got the beam level before screwing it to the studs. A secondary support, just visible in the first photo, goes under the beam along the stud to prevent shearing problems with the screws.
In farm news, we were down to our last four round bales of hay having used a bit more than I anticipated between having more pigs than last year and the warmer, wetter weather. We’ve been feeding the pigs about 3 round bales per week. Today we received a load of ten more round bales. I appreciate John B’s quick delivery.
Outdoors: 27°F/4°F Partially Sunny, 4″ Snow
Farm House: 47°F/44°F forgot fire – rise in temp was Sun? Body heat?
Tiny Cottage: 52°F/43°F