Butch Warning- Construction Talk Ahead
Chuck steady your eyes.
In the scramble to fill in the gaps in the cabin before the rain, I have not spent any quality time with the vegetable garden in the last few days. When we quit work for the day and had finished putting away the tools, I immediately walked back through the meadow.
Were my seeds sprouting? Was more corn ready? How are the potatoes? Has the Big Wilt spread to my new cucumbers?
To the right of the Angelica and Ageratina and the first blush of yellow on the Goldenrod, you can just make out the path through the meadow. In this section the wildflowers are a good foot over my head. I wanted to check out the vegetables, but I had to stop and admire this first.
Lurking below the short rise at the back of the roadside vegetable garden is the cabin with the difficult wall.
This connecting wall between the two roof sections interacts with elements in both rooms. And I want it to have windows.
In both rooms, part of its edge forms a plane for the surface that will eventually cover the 2 x 12 rafters filled with insulation. At the ends, a nailer is needed to attach what ever I finally decide to have for the finished ceiling. I was thinking a metal roof on the inside, but then someone pointed out that can cause condensation and it would rain inside the house. Not good. I'll think about it later.
Instead of a railing, the loft will have a half, 36 inch high, drywalled wall. This meant the connecting wall could just descend to the loft floor to the point were the 36 inch height of this half wall begins to separate from the 45 degree pitch of the ceiling.
The pitch of the roof means that the top of each stud has to be cut on an angle. This inverted V shape necessitated a lot of angle cuts. Is you head spinning yet?
The frame work is finally done. Now the plywood sheathing can be attached. All needing to be cut on angles. Spin, spin.
Oh yes, the windows. A single window in the peak won't work. The cross ties in the loft that give the roof rafters more stability are in the top at the eight foot of head room level. You can see those horizontal boards through the studs. These will form the ceiling with what ever material I eventually settle on to cover them and the insulation. A window up there would be a window into no where.
Now how do you fit a square or rectangular window of maximum size into an angled space? You don't. There will be one special ordered angled window on each side to fit in between the sixteen inch space between the studs. They need to be at least four inches above the finished surface of the front roof.
So two windows, one on each side, will be going in the second space from the wall's outside edge. That is the space to the right of the lone piece of plywood that got cut and nailed on today. Now I just need to order two windows shaped like that.
You can see why I needed to spend some quality time with the vegetables.
Fall gardening is proving to be more of a challenge. The high insect numbers in summer are mowing down the seedlings of carrots, kohlrabi, turnips and lettuce as fast as they come up. Let's see I need a small green house for spring veggies and row covers for fall gardens. There is still plenty to eat. Sweet corn and green beans for lunch again tomorrow.
I pick those right before they go in the pot and yes I pissed off the raccoons.
Before I headed back I had to stop and enjoy the Ironweed.
I just love this weed.