spacer spacer spacer
Here I am standing underneath the Big House trusses. P.S. This is not a good place to stand!

Truss under construction in the foreground.



Stacks of kitchen trusses in the background with a Big House truss laid out ready for construction.



Moving the trusses over from the construction barn to the construction site was easy. That is, if your neighbor happens to own a huge FiatAllis log mover (doesn't everyone's? This is, after all, Vinton County...) After this, "the hard part was over."



Kitchen trusses leaning on the storage pod and Big House trusses stacked in the field behind.



These trusses are for the Big House. There's a bunch of them.


Ozzyy checks out the stacks of trusses. He was trained in truss quality control. Seen here applying control barks to keep the trusses in line.



Front-end truss detail. It doesn't rain in Vinton County, so protection isn't necessary.



Engineered floor panels make for faster construction and floors that are strong and straight.



This is a detail shot of where the wood-fired oven will eventually be installed.



The flooring is almost finished. As usual, it was a beautiful day for house building since it never rains in Vinton County.



The Big House walls, south side and west side.



This is a view of the Big House, east wall. The opening in the middle connects to the entrance way which then connects into the kitchen.



This is looking at the Big House from the mudroom floor, past the kitchen floor. On the extreme left, there is a little bit of the kitchen south wall.



And here is a shot of the house from my office. Cool!!!!!!!!!!



Most of the walls are up by now. This is the kitchen southeast corner. The lower part of the south wall is done.

This is the entrance way seen from the great room through to the
mud room in the distance.



This is the south wall of the kitchen, looking through the hole in the wall reserved for the wood-fired oven.



This is the north wall of the bedroom, with overhead beams ready for a second floor. We're not putting in a second floor, but I thought it would be cool just to look at the rafters. It also makes the room cozy. (.... and the building is second-floor ready, if the need arises. Cheaper to do it now then later. Ralph talked me into this, an excellent idea!)



Some joinery detail. This is from the entrance way to the great room.



Below is more detail but on a sunny day on the Big House wall.




Trusses are Usses. Now how to get these industrial-sized trusses onto the kitchen? We added a crane to the arsenal then we added more warm bodies.



Side view of the kitchen, with the trusses leaning against the



OK, now that the kitchen is all trussed out, might as well do the Big House. BTW, that's Ralph (aka Mr. Timberbeams) in the red hat, and Earl with the guide rope.



The crane is able to drive in position to view the pickup and delivery of the trusses by the FiatAllis.



A view of the big house truss work from the kitchen.


Securing the trusses is best handled by three, namely Willie, Ely, and Elam.


Being sure-footed is a good quality for this job. These men are that, and very skilled. Our team set all the trusses in under 3 hours!


Dried In

Roof is sort of on, still need shingles, but before the shingles go on we need to think about our chimneys from the stoves and waterproof the roof escapes etc. So the roof will look like this awhile while we work inside.

Probably next step is to layout the kitchen layout, buy the windows, run the aforementioned vent pipes, pick out and order doors.


Mid way through shingling the roof Here the roof is in Mid-Shingle


Shingles ON Brand new shiny roof, looking good! 
spacer spacer blank