Sill plates + rim boards + floor joists, oh my!!!
My vocabulary has certainly changed in the last year!
Last July I would have been talking about bytes, data analysis, Perl code, quality analysis, and TimeTrax (don’t ask); now I’m tool belt pocket deep in galvanized and sinker nails, deck screws, and when to use each. And I just need to add – I’ve never had more fun, been more challenged, felt what “good tired” means, and actually NEEDED a shower at the end of the day — and one more thing… loved and respected my husband any more.
A week ago the tiny house was where it was a month ago – foundation poured, block foundation up, and “sweet” rock exterior foundation applied. We still had work to do on the “barn.” A staircase to erect, a deck to build, hand rails, deck rails, blackberries to harvest… just seeing if you were paying attention.
Today, the tiny house has sill plates, rim boards, AND floor joists! (Notice those dark clouds in the sky – we’ve been dodging them ALL week – take tools out – work 30 minutes – take tools in – ask each other, is it over… take tools out – eventually learn to work in the rain, as I sit here now, it is still pouring outside, but dark, so I’m not wimping out on a rainstorm.What took us so long, you ask? The well-placed foundation wasn’t square. You can watch YOUTUBE all day on how to frame a house/building that is square, but try finding how to re-square a foundation that isn’t. It’s pretty damn hard, and takes A LOT of patience – just sayin,’ but grateful, we both have a lot of time, and my husband has a lot of patience.
So, for the record, we are officially square. (I’m kinda like the Huey Lewis, “It’s Hip to be Square,” and he’s more like the “wait Robyn, if we don’t get this square, the whole house will be wrong.) While I love me some Huey Lewis music, hubby is right – the house MUST be square, or all kinda things north of the floor joists go south… you know, like especially when you get to the roof.
But in the meantime, I played the “Chef Robyn” card and made some blackberry jam.
I also cooked Mr. Wonderful a birthday dinner, complete with a big bone-in piece of prime rib!
Now we are BOTH happy and tired!
Until next time…