Sepember 9, 2013
The build has started in ernest, and its difficult to keep up with everything. Ken got the joists in place and last week, with the help of our framer and a team of baseball buddies, the first floor went up.
Last Saturday, the other Ken arrived for five days at the Porter buidling boot camp. The Kens took the day off for golfing, their last chance to relax before the work started.
Monday morning, cousin Al, our foreman arrived bright and early and the work day began at 8 am.
The baseball guys, Pattie, Lorne and Bob arrived. Unfortunately, the building package with the tongue and groove plywood didn’t arrive bright and early as well. So the original plan to get the floor down was delayed. However, the boys kept busy with prep work, including installing the basement stairs. A welcome additon after going up and down the ladder a few dozen times.
Lorne and Bob manned the chop saw, preparing lintels (the supports above the windows and doors) while Pattie and Ken became the screw crew. The wonderful job of screwing in the plywood floor.
Wondering why Al is a bit blurry in the photo above? He moves faster than the speed of light so it is difficult to get a focused picture of him.
The framing package arrived late afternoon, right after Lorne and Bob headed back to Winnipeg. Pattie stayed on for 3 days of building boot camp.
Wow, how do we unload all those supplies?
Easy Peasy! Since my job is making nice piles of lumber, it was a releaf to see we didn’t need to unload it stick by stick.
My job was chief cook, bottle washer and gopher, and the boys kept me hopping. The days started before 8 a.m. with a big green smoothie and ended with supper at 8:30 p.m. By 9:30 the dishes were done and everyone was ready to crash for the night.
Hanna was feeling somewhat left out of all the action. However, she stayed at the ready with a ball just in case someone had a spare minute to play.
Supper for the crew – Basil Scalloped Tomatoes and Croutons from Oh She Glows, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, salad and cookies.