OK, so it isn't tin and it's not rusted...but it will be metal. All the way back when all we had were some concrete forms, we talked about how we're building a modern farmhouse. And no self respecting farmhouse - modern or otherwise - would be caught dead without a proper metal roof.
We have a door! Look at that beautiful beast. It's nearly the size of a sheet of plywood (that's 4ft x 8ft), and much to our builder's dismay - weighs around 800 pounds. Here's how it looks installed:
Is Lil' Jon our greatest living poet? Perhaps. He certainly helped with the title for this blog post. As you can see, the windows are installed!!! That means we're one step closer to being weather tight.
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The walls are framed, which can only mean one thing...it's time for another delivery of wood. This time, the roof trusses. Like the floor joists and exterior walls, the trusses were built in a factory and delivered to the site, which makes installation pretty quick.
Remember when I told you that this framing crew works fast? Well, now they're just showing off. Part of the speed comes from the way that we're framing the house, and part is that they're just extremely efficient. You can always tell when a crew has worked together for a while. It's like watching a ballet or an NBA game - they all know who's doing what when, and can anticipate how they can help each other.
Last week we saw that the wood was delivered. This week, our first floor deck gets installed. In the pic above, you can see a 2x4 stud wall inside the foundation wall, and the open web trusses sitting on top of them. This detail is called a reverse ledge (more on that later).
The forms for the second pour on the foundation walls went up, and that concrete went in. Then the basement slab got poured, so we can officially walk on something other than dirt!!! Huge milestone.
The forms are off! You can still see the rebar sticking out from the top of the foundation wall like we saw last time. Once we're ready for the second foundation wall pour, the rebar will end up covered.
It's pretty cool to see the house starting to come out of the ground. The footers are now dry enough, so the foundation wall forms were set in place and the concrete was poured.