Hello Readers! A lot has happened in the year since our last post. Let's take a look at some of the projects we completed between August 2021 and August 2022... Finishing the earthen floors Not much compares to the beauty and feel of an earthen floor, but installing earthen floors throughout an entire house requires … Continue reading finishing earthen Floors, Solar power, and final inspections!
There's nothing like putting the finishing touches on your roof! Not only is it a relief to finally have the house fully and permanently protected from rain and snowfall, but the finished metal roof is also a final visual layer of the house. At this point in construction, very little of what we have done … Continue reading Installing the Metal Roof
Installing the attic insulation and roof sheathing went much faster than I had anticipated. The quick pace has proven to be quite auspicious, as the typical summer monsoon storm systems begin to play out in southwestern New Mexico. Nick, an owner-builder pal of mine, helped me put up the insulation and sheathing over the course … Continue reading Attic Insulation and Roof Sheathing
We have now finished installing all 52 trusses on the house! After the trusses were installed with all the necessary blocking, I began attaching the hurricane ties, which provide a secure connection between the trusses and the top plate. Our inspector had told me that we could install hurricane ties on every-other truss, so that … Continue reading Completing the Trusses
Putting up the roof trusses feels like a major milestone, as for the first time, the house finally has it's basic shape established. As of the publishing of this post, we have about 3/5ths of the trusses in place. Having figured out the rhythm of the process, the trusses go up at a good pace. … Continue reading Putting Up Roof Trusses
Earlier this week we completed the installation of our tongue and groove ceiling above the vigas. A multitude of T&G boards were involved in the installation. I believe we used 230 individual 1x6x16' boards in all. The finished ceiling presents a grid of prominent vigas supporting a backdrop of clean and orderly tongue and groove … Continue reading Tongue and Groove Ceiling