In this part of the story the addition really begins to show its form. We have completed the major framing tasks and begin the exterior trim and window installation.
The false dormer cheek frame goes up
The first of the white boards go up
This kind of joinery is unnecessary, but the client and I agreed it was nice to match the house.
The last wall before it is framed in. Snow on the roof. Big Mike in the darkness of the aperture.
I set my ladders in the street and parked my truck in the lane. This kind of brutal traffic control will only fly in rural areas. In other zones, it would get you arrested for being a nuisance. I developed relationships with the commuters who passed. Some stopped to chat, others just gave me the finger. I did my best to take it all in stride.
An architect probably would have drawn a fluffy white cloud at the intersection of these two roofs. I climbed up on a ladder with a straight piece of lumber in my hands and with a straight edge on the roof plane, I "found" where the roofs would meet and "decided" on the shape of the soffit return. I was perplexed at first, hampered by prejudice that the soffit should be square. It seemed too wide and ungraceful. Then, upon briefly losing my balance, I leaned into the building and pressed my fly rafter against the framing at the angle you see in the picture. The physical move was purely an instinctual life saving technique. The acceptance that providence had shown me the best look for the build came in a warm wave of relief, not only was I uninjured, I had solved a problem.
I was pretty satisfied with how the box was beginning to look. It's amazing what a little false dormer cheek can do.
We had poured our new footing right up against the original granite. The client was insistent on our work playing along with the historical nature of the building, even though this was far from an historical restoration. It was a renovation which gave strong deference to describing the character of it's centuries old story. Scribing the mud-sill over the granite was the work of Tim. He is a talented guy. Tim showed up on the project toward the end of the roof trim.
This whole project was beginning to reveal itself as a sculpture. As we moved from PVC trim one day to digging out and repairing a weed filled foundation/retaining wall the next. This corner was prone to moisture retention. The top being essentially filled with dirt and brush, meant that it was certainly wet enough to sustain life, however unhealthy that would be for the structure. We pulled countless roots and sifted rocks from the dirt. Our finish solution was to create a pitched runoff plane to direct the flow of water to the street/gutter. The wall itself being a dry stacked foundation, we did not disturb the look of the face.
This is Tim. He is so handsome, I cannot show his face for fear that it will crash my web-site. And he may have been moon-lighting while working with me. If you know Tim, tell him he's famous.