First Floor

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 Foremen consult

The Foremen consult

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.

Basement Stairs ready to install

Basement Stairs ready to install

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.

The Framing Crew

The Framing Crew

The Screw Crew

The Screw Crew

Screw crew 2

Screw crew 2

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.

Supplies arrive

Supplies arrive

Wow, how do we unload all those supplies?

Supplies unloaded

Supplies unloaded

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.

Night falls and they are still gluing and screwing the floor down

Night falls and they are still gluing and screwing the floor down

Doesn't anyone want to play ball?

Doesn’t anyone want to play ball?

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

Supper

Supper for the crew – Basil Scalloped Tomatoes and Croutons from Oh She Glows, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, salad and cookies.

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About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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