Pink Concrete on Roof

Pink Concrete Mated with Pumper Truck

No, we didn’t pour pink concrete. That’s just the color of the ready-mix truck that delivered the concrete to go up on the roof.

Hope and Ben on Eaves

Last year we poured the structural ceilings of the building. Now, once again just before winter, we’re putting on a smooth coat and the eaves – We always push the pour season to get one more thing done.

A Flame Thrower! What every kid wants for Christmas according to Calvin…

Before we could start the pour we warmed the roof and melted off any ice. We had ordered a week of warm weather but due to shipping delays that didn’t actually arrive until Friday afternoon after the pour was already in progress.

The eaves will shed the water further from the building. They’re short and steep so snow can’t accumulate much on them. For now this already super insulated layer acts as our roof. Someday we’ll add a final roof layer that will involve more insulation, extend the eaves further out, add crenels and merlons, a skateboard park, space for solar collectors, etc. A typical castle on a remote mountain top scenario worthy of any great epic.

Walter Floating Abattoir Roof Quadrant

On a more practical note, we’ll be putting a bump, a six inch curb, at the top of the eaves will prevent the glaciers from sliding off the roof. That way the ice bergs stay on top of the building instead of falling on people’s heads – much safer. The accumulated snow will help to both warm and cool the building.

In the deepest periods of cold it gets as low as -45°F here and regularly down around -20°F. Having a glacial snow cap will help to protect the building from this deep cold.

In the warmer winter periods and the spring the snow cap, which may last until May or even June, will help to keep the building protected from the heat of the sun thus keeping us cool under ice.

Ergo, the same ice cap will both cool and warm the building. Now if only I could get that block of cold to last all the way through the summer. Oh, wait, that’s the coolth attic! Enough ice will fit in our attic to last 46 weeks. Cool! Seriously, the building has designed into it a super insulated attic above the reefer section where we will store winter’s coolth to use through the warm months. This will eventually save us an enormous amount of energy.

Will and Walter Floating Concrete

The roof is divided up into four panels which we floated smooth. Each panel slopes to the outside corner so that water from rain and snow melt in the spring will flow to the corners in a controlled manner. There is a curb around the roof which opens at the corners to channel the water in a controlled manner. This is the obvious location for gargoyles to nest so we have left perches for them at each of the corners of the building.

Butcher Shop Exterior November 2013

We still have a few small details to finish on the roof including extending the height of the High Mech where the refrigeration condensers and compressors will go. This means just adding four feet of simple wood walls and a pitched roof at the top. An unusually simple bit of construction.

Then we’ll put the burlap, blankets, plastic, pink foam and billboard tarps back on the concrete to protect it as it cures through the winter.

Once that is done we’ll go back to finishing off the interior. Another thing to check of on our To-Do List for opening the butcher shop.

Outdoors: 54°F/20°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 60°F/57°F

Daily Spark: Nature is very not Disney.

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3 Responses to Pink Concrete on Roof

  1. Thierry Aumais says:

    This seems to be alot of concrete pourings (and concrete) for one building! Is this because of slaughterhouse regulations or your own design?

  2. Farmerbob1 says:


    “This is the obvious location for gargoyles to nest so we have left perches for them at each of the corners of the building.”

    I am getting this image in my head of pig-goyles crouched on the corners of the building, or Foo-pigs on either side of the entry door. Thank you for the laugh!

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