Monday, September 25, 2006

taking a look back.

I was recently looking at the blog and realized that those who have not been through the whole building experience as the Parker-Littlehale-Vetter-DeLong's have, may not fully realize how far the process has come. So, I quickly began looking for pictures to give people an idea of what our property looked like at the very beginnings of our house building journeys. I quickly found that I really don't have that many! But the ones I have will do. I hope these few pictures either remind you of where we've come from (if you're in on the building), or simply bring you more viewing pleasure.

February, 2005

Before there was concrete, there was dirt. But before we could dig in the dirt, we had to get it ready. Matt cut down this once beautiful tree, while Phil and Dad brought it down safely. The stump now serves as one of our many break areas, and hopefully will one day be a nice garden seat.

After the trees were cut down, we had to feed them into the jaws of death. It was a long, long, day.

March 2005

Matt, Dad, and I went up to survey the property, and put in the barter boards to mark the corners of the house. They were later taken down and replaced, and those were later taken down and replaced...

November, 2005

The very beginnings of the garage. We and these holes got to know each other pretty well over the months, but I can't say we're sad to see them gone.

The only picture I can find that gives a glimpse at the house, pre-cement and brick.

All in all, not too shabby, eh?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

YOU can come build with us!


This Saturday (the 16th) is the next day we're planning to go work on the house (er, garage...).

Wanna come?

Monday, September 04, 2006

matt's b-day building, this year

We worked this weekend, on Saturday and Monday; the roof is coming together, and all the rafters are up! Here's the view from Saturday:

We were grateful for some clouds that covered us for a while in the afternoon--they were stunning through the rafters. And we loved them up 'til they brough the lightning around. Then it didn't seem like a very good time to be on the roof, holding hammers...

Emily trimmed boards for between the rafters. We gave them all names, so we could match them up with the spots they fit into later. Others mocked our names. We thought they were fun--much more fun to say: "Did you get Marilyn to fit?" than to say: "Is #12 in?". Fun wins, I say. (Besides, I'm writing the blog, so my version will become standard...)

Here's evidence that I actually, at least for a moment, did some work, and didn't just take pictures. Aren't those rafters lovely?!?

Here's the view from below the garage, as the last rafters were going in.

On Monday, we started putting the plywood sheathing on top of the rafters. It took us a few tries, but we got better and getting the plywood to the rooftop safely...

We sang "Happy Birthday" to Matt at lunchtime, but the party wasn't, well, too outrageous. I just thought it was pretty swell that he was here with us this year!

Though none of us claims roof-climbing as our vocation, Shannon got pretty good at climbing.

The first layer of plywood goes on...

As our workday drew to a close, Emily and I took a moment to wave down to those on land, enjoying our new, more-solid perch on the rooftop.

With the plywood almost done, and the front-side ladder in place, we put up the first of the fascia boards. Stunning, eh?