While we are gone

Randy has been sending updated reports.  frontentranceHe got the framing package from the local source and framing has been happening all week.  He sent me this photo of the completed posts before concrete porch was poured.

Unfortunately, we still have not heard from Topsider about the windows.

Later, I saw 8 pictures that Randy posted on his Facebook page of the entry after the concrete was poured and he “stamped” fern, cedar, and oak leaves into the entry porch.  I will get some of those pictures posted here soon.

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Very full last day at the farm

Early on, I went to help Randy with the continuing project of the front door posts.  Our work was interrupted by a much anticipated call from Topsider. They told Randy that he could go ahead an order the framing package from a local supplier so that they could continue working next week.  They said they would call back on Friday with the status of the window order and when they would be sending a shipment including the siding for the house.  Getting the framing in starting next week will make it so the electrician can start in a couple of weeks and then the plumbers.

Mid-day, we met with the electrician to go over th electrical plan.

We also met with the septic installer. We thought he was starting next week, but it will be two weeks.

Later in the day, the people who are designing the layout for the kitchen cabinets came out from near Tacoma to measure and share ideas. They picked up Michael who was returning from California on their way.  In the morning they will return with their ideas and pricing and then take us over to meet with the granite person again who will then take us to the airport for our flight back to California at 2:15.

Meanwhile the crew continued to work on those two roofs. Randy had arranged with the roofer to come back on Friday to put the first layer of “paper” on to seal the roof. Randy continued to work on the front door posts. Fortunately the layout of the post on the boulder went a lot smoother than it did with the first one.

I may not get to the pictures for yesterday’s and today’s post until I get back to CA.

Slow but sure….at least for the folks working here

FullSizeRender IMG_7061 IMG_7067 IMG_7068 IMG_7069The crew here have continued working on the two roofs over entry and laundry room.

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IMG_7062 IMG_7070 IMG_7071 IMG_7072 IMG_7073Randy continued working on  the tree posts on the front porch, with a little assistance from us.

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.What isn’t happening is we are not hearing from Topsider….they promised to call last Friday, which was after they promised to call on Wednesday.

It’s the weekend….so much to do

It’s the weekend, and I haven’t written about Thursday and Friday.  It was funny that when the crew left yesterday afternoon, it felt like part of my family was going away for the weekend.

Thursday

IMG_6985For Doug and Mika, Thursday was about  continuing work on the two roof structures that were not part of the kit.  .

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For Randy, Brian, and I, it was about setting up the boulders for the front entryway and beginning to work on placing the trees/poles. Randy had welded some stands for the rocks and drilled and placed them.IMG_6996

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Friday

Doug and Mika continued working on the roof. Mika said it was the most complicated roof design he had ever worked on, typing in the hip roof over the laundry room into the octagon.  Doug made some suggestions to Randy to expand the size of the front entry way.  I had some thoughts on it as well, but Randy was concerned that it would add to much of a valley where debris can collect on the roof.  Since the whole outside is our front entry, it is probably not very crucial that it is large….we expect to have a large patio on the back of the house…more on that later.

I went off with Michael to Port Townsend to run some errands and when I came back, IMG_7012Randy and Brian had the first pole suspended over the rock and had trimmed off a lot of the root structure and were working on how much more needed to be done to fit it to the rock. I got one picture when I got back.

After Randy  and the others left, Brian and I continued working on shaping the tree., Unfortunately my phone was out of battery so I did not get pictures of the process.

Saturday

IMG_7016Saturday morning and our day has started.  The first project of the morning was finishing pressure washing the second side of the Avion trailer….we had done one side last weekend.  At one point, I washed a B for Brian in the side just to see the contrast between dirty and clean.

Brian wants to continue trimming the tree.  We will not be able to attach it or start on the second tree until Monday when Randy returns.

IMG_7020Before he fine tunes the base of the tree, we are planning to layout the interior walls of the house, or at least the side with the kitchen.  Kenny, from whom we are ordering our cabinets, is coming out this week to do the final design. Hopefully, it won’t be too hard to find the right points and to snap a chalk line and then go over it with a marking pen.  Actually, when we got started, it seemed easier to lay out pieces of wood that we measured to fit the plans than doing a chalk line.  Tomorrow we will mark where the wood is with pen.  You might notice that the weather has changed.  It was cloudy all day and even drizzled a little.

IMG_7022By the time Brian got to the tree, it was getting pretty late.  He adjusted it a bit, and called it done.  On Monday, the tree and the rock will be drilled and attached.  Note the dust mask.  We recently found out that cedar dust can be toxic.

Another thing we started thinking about doing, and debating whether to do it over the weekend, or on Wednesday, just before we leave, is moving the trailer.  It needs to be pulled out so that the septic installers can work on putting in the second septic tank.  That work is suppose to start a few days after we leave, and hopefully the new system including new drainfield will be done before we return in August.

Just realized that the walls started going up on the summer solstice….though work on the foundation began two months earlier, and I am fantasizing that we will have a house by the fall equinox.

Today, waterproofing (“drying in”) the roof

IMG_6970 IMG_6971 IMG_6972 IMG_6973Although the two non-octagon rooms, the foyer and the laundry/mudroom did not have a complete roof yet, Customline roofing came over to put underlayment on the octagon roofs.  This will protect the roof for quite some time.  They were an interesting crew of four.

Randy’s crew continued working on the rafters for those other two rooms.

Randy also added in anchor bolts into the boulders that will be on the front porch while Brian continued to clean up the trees.  The boulders are suppose to be put in place tomorrow.IMG_6978

Four days since I last posted

Saturday:

So much has happened in the four days since I last posted.  Saturday, of course was the 4th, and a delightful event out at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.  Before we went out there, Brian had the goal of felling the two trees for the front porch posts and getting them out of the forest.  Once Brian used the pressure washer to take the soil and rocks away from the roots, Michael helped him get it out.

Sunday:

IMG_6929Brian and I used the pressure washer to help loosen the bark so that we could peel the cedar trees.

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We also pressure washed some big rocks and chose two to use as supports under the cedar posts.IMG_6939

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IMG_6932I also had to stop to eat blueberries.  I can’t help but think about Jill Stein whenever I eat them..

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Monday:

After and early start with the housing crew, leaving them working on the roof and the fascia, Brian and I took off toward Sequim and Port Angeles to do some shopping and visit our friends who built a larger Topsider double octagon house.  OK, I admit it….there is a Chinese buffet in Port Angeles that in season has all you can eat dungeness crab.  It was prepared with ginger and green onions, my favorite style, and was fabulous…all for something like $12/person.  At about 50 miles, it is far to drive for dinner, but paired with a visit with Gary and Lani Smith, it isn’t bad. Gary has turned into quite a gardener, and this time shared some of the five different varieties of garlic he grew this year…as well as some peas and carrots. When they visited a couple of months ago, they share some of the best spinach I have ever eaten.

Tuesday:

IMG_6944Big construction day on Tuesday.  Last night at home, Randy made some supports for the big rocks to embed them in the concrete.  IMG_6954Brian brought the rocks over toward the front of the house using the backhoe.  They are about 500 pounds and we are still not quite sure how they will be put in place.IMG_6957

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IMG_6960Meanwhile, Doug was working on the framing for the front entry way.  The front roof beam had to be modified slightly as the door I purchased last year is taller than average.  The other two members of the crew were working on framing the laundry room.

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Just a few hours….well for them

closedcupolaA few of the crew came by for a few hours today to finish up the cupola and a few other details.  I am not sure whether they stopped just because they reached their 40 hours or because many people stop working half day before the 4th.  They suggested that we could continue with the cleanup instead of paying them to do it.

sprayingtreerootsBrian set up the high pressure washer to spray around the trees we selected for the front posts.  It was over 200 feet to the closest source of water, but he managed.  After he is finished with that, I guess we begin to do the cleanup.

Tomorrow we are looking forward to heading into Port Townsend for Old School 4th of July at Fort Worden State Park.  I am hoping Sunday is also a day of leisure….maybe heading out to Sequim and either up to Hurricane Ridge….their webcam is showing clear weather,  or out the Dungeness Spit or somewhere in that area where the water is accessible. It may be too hot to go out to the spit, and I sure am not capable of the whole hike.