Although the original plan had been for the schoolhouse to be framed and roofed by the reunion, that clearly didn't come close to happening. Instead, we have what looks like the rib cage of a beached whale rising from the backyard.
|as of Friday|
Astounding, the frame is going up far more beautifully than anyone had anticipated. A fortuitous posting from craigslist provided a buildings' worth of 100 year old oak 3x12s from a warehouse teardown downtown. There are lengths over 20 feet available for free, this is becoming the sill on top of our poured footings, with all the framing notched into it. It's a sight to behold! The foundation itself proved more difficult. Our topsoil, while beautiful for planting, was impossible to compact, and the grading and base will require more gravel than we had ordered, which means we have more spreading and compacting in our future. We also discovered an underground stream that will create some drainage issues, our building is built up on the footings which will keep the framing dry, and we will likely order some Hardi trim boards which won't rot for the bottom trim work. And no, we're still not 100% sure how we're finishing off the bottom portion that sits off the ground, chances are it'll be stacked stone or brick.
|filling the footings from the bucket|
|footings done, but we still need a lot more gravel . . .|
|First stud, strapped in for dear life|
|first notched sill section|