Friday, November 27, 2009

Covered up!

On Thanksgiving Day I put up the Christmas tree! It took Bill a little while to find it, he finally saw it after dark!
This is a view of the north side of the building. You can see where the sleeping area is to the east and the windows on the north side are for the kitchen and bathroom.
This is a better view of the sleeping area to the east and the main room to the south. The view of Mt. Hood is great.
Next week they will start in on the roof for the pool area and the end walls.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Roof for Santa to Land on!

This week the trusses were put into place for the studio apartment. The goal is to get the roof framed and sheathed on the entire building before Thanksgiving. That will make the place snug and secure for working in the inclement weather. In this picture you can see the frame for the bay on the east side. This will be the sleeping alcove.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two Stories!

On Sunday Bill and I met with Alan our contractor to review the window placements and style. It was so cold. I only lasted outside about 45 minutes. Alan said once again, the crew may be there on Monday only if they get their bull elks over the weekend!
The second story is well under way. We now have a good idea of how the space will feel and function. The view from the second story is looking very promising. We now know that Bill will be quite comfortable when he is in the "Dog House" or "Penalty Box" as Alan refers to it.

Joann Schwab joined us on Sunday in White Salmon. She got the first class tour along with Prince (her dog) and Pearl. If you think Pearl is bossy now, she will be able to keep her eye on the whole neighborhood from the second story.

Monday, November 9, 2009

No Hunting Today!

On Sunday I spoke to Alan and he said the crew would be out hunting on Monday. Low and behold, I am packing the truck to drive back to Portland and I look over and Zack and Mike are pulling into the driveway. Then the next truck was Alan's. I asked them what was going on and they said "We don't like to hunt in snow! Work sounded more appealing."

So, they began to finish the stairs. As you can see, they have the floor joists in place and the place secured in plastic so they can keep as dry as possible. By the time I return next Sunday, they should have a good portion of the second floor framed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Up it Goes!

Today the gluelam beam was set in the garage. The forklift that was on site to put the beam in place caught on fire. Yep, there was fire and lots of drama. Good thing half the crew is on the volunteer fire department. They had it out in a matter of minutes. I missed all of the excitement because I was in Hood River picking Pearl up from the dog groomers.

Instead, a crane was brought up from Bingen and they lifted the beam into place in about 5 minutes. They make it look so easy!