The Roof Begins

After the ridge beam was set, work began on fabricating the individual rafters. It is a laborious, time-consuming activity. After measuring the length, the 16” steel beam is cut on the 45 degrees at each end. Then a further 45 degrees cut on the bottom is made creating a square face flush with the outside joist of the attic floor. …

Ridge Beam Set

To assist the 2-man work crew, a Genie boom lift was rented. It allowed the easy lifting into place of the steel material. After the top plate was complete, the Ridge Beam was set and placed. Measurements were taken and the cutting of the rafters began. There are about 90 rafters to cut and 3 gable ridge beams to set …

Structural Roof Material Arrives

Unexpected delay for steel delivery arose; August is not the time to be expecting quick receipt of material. The delay was compounded by the fact that the original steel supplier could not provide the 16” wide roof rafters.  The largest they manufactured was 14”. Sizing down was not an option due to the depth needed for the required healthy insulation. …

Prepping the Main Floor

With the ceiling being completed, the interior floor is now somewhat protected from the elements. We proceeded with the installation of the moisture barrier, Nudura Radiant Floor forms, and pex piping. The concrete floor contractor will then proceed after the roof is on and we have a forecast of 4-5 days without rain so that the concrete can cure with …

Fine Tuning

While the search and wait for a steel contractor crew, the insulation blankets were removed, and the sand floor cleaned and releveled. The ICF block was scored so that the floor concrete would bind to the concrete in the core of the ICF block. The pipes for transferring services (water, radiant floor pex, electrical, telecommunications and vacuum) were not correctly …

Steel Contractors

Our hunt for a new steel contractor began in earnest upon arrival in the Spring. After many “no’s” or “sure, but can’t get to your job until 6-8 months as best,” through local referrals, we found a contractor that could start at the end of June for the structural roof, and could come in May to install the ceiling/attic floor. …

Catching Up

2022 is flying by and we’re thrilled to say we’re back underway!  After a season of misadventures with the build project, we’re making progress with the steel work this week.  Now, how did we get here?  We had a steel builder lined up to work “off-season” – Jan-March 2022.  However, the steel, at that time and with that builder’s particular …

Preparing for Winter

To permit the installation of the residential electrical panel in the utility building, this non-canary building was dried in to facilitate the continuation of construction.  Despite the winter weather, one subcontractor was able to continue work on Patient Chickadee.  To achieve and exceed required building code exterior wall insulation value, an additional 4” of ICF block was affixed to the …