Next he worked on the front window, applying a lesson learned from building the garage/apartment project where he cut the plywood to fit first, then installed it. On the house he decided to do it the other way around. He put up the plywood first, then came back and trimmed it to fit with a sawsall.
Once the plywood was trimmed, he and Rick finished the blocking on the inside.
I have no room to complain about logging in the Northwest. As I was watching the construction, I glanced up at the truss system. It was late in the afternoon and the sun was streaming through the structure. I don't know if it's art, but I know what I like. It's almost too bad it will all be covered up by sheetrock.
Finally, finally the day came that Ed has been waiting for. Last Thursday was Roof Day. After sweeping out gallons and gallons of water from the basement and railing at the wettest spring in Northwest history, he is about to get his roof. And the best part is, we subbed out this job. They showed up with two roofing trucks full of materials and workers, and one pickup with a supervisor.
Now Ed could have roofed this job by himself. It would have been a long, grueling job. Up the ladder, down the ladder, you get the idea. But there is nothing like the right tools for the job, and I was pretty happy to have him off that roof.
In two days, they had the whole thing complete, the mess cleaned up, and nobody hurt. That's what I call a beautiful roof.
Ed and Rick had already put the plywood over the ends of the soffits. The guy we'll have do the gutters in on vacation, so the roof went on first. It's a good thing the roof is on too, because it's wet and drizzly today.
We have a mama deer that feels pretty safe around our house. We don't try to friendly her up because that would put her at risk, but somehow she knows we enjoy her company. Every year she brings her twins through the yard. She seems to ignore the skilsaw and the nailguns. And her little ones really enjoy that azalea in the dirt mound by the front porch. I can see that I'll have to be selective when it comes to landscaping.