2011/08/06Garage Siding Installation Begins (previous next)
Over the past week trim was installed around the windows, a drip edge was installed along the foundation, corner boards were installed, and the installation of the siding began. As you can see from the photos the colour scheme is the reverse of the house, green siding with white trim. And, unlike the house, the siding and trim is pre-painted so there will be nothing do after it's up other that a few minor touch ups here and there.
Also note that some grass is starting to grow were the old garage used to be.
2011/07/28Garage Ready For Siding (previous next)
Over the past week all the windows and doors were installed along with the house wrap and an exhaust fan.
2011/07/21Garage Shingled (previous next)
The garage is shingled and the old garage that straddled the west property line is gone.
The shingling of the garage dragged on for a few days longer then it should have due to the weather. If it wasn't the heat it was the wind, but it's all done now. The garage was shingled with a 30 year asphalt shingle and not cedar like the house, but like the house the a ridge cap venting system was used to conceal the vents and provide even venting throughout the roof.
Those days when it is was too hot or windy to be on the roof were used to get rid of the old garage that straddled the west property line. Most of the contents of that old garage, a couple Red River carts and a sleigh owned by the Willow Bunch Museum and some of the flooring from my house, was moved into the new garage. Everything else, including the garage itself was hauled to the dump. Once the old garage was empty, I used my chainsaw to bring the garage down and cut it up into pieces that could easily be hauled away.
My fire pit was also rebuilt.
2011/07/14Garage Ready For Shingles (previous next)
The garage is standing and ready for shingles!
I had the walls ready for lifting just over week ago. Then last Thursday morning 8 guys were over to help lift them into place. I had everything ready to go before they arrived so it took us less then an hour to lift the walls and anchor them in place. My brothers Norm and George stayed around for a few more hours after that to help put the rafters up.
Over the past week I finished up a few framing details and finished sheeting the wall and roof. This took a little longer then it should have due to various distractions, but one welcome distraction was the installation of the electrical service to the garage. I wasn't expecting to get that done so soon, but things just happen to work out just right for the electrician on Tuesday. That job took the better part of a day, not including the work to clear path for the trench, work to backfill and compact the trench, and the task of recreating my patio area and fire pit (something which has yet to be done).
Lately the temperatures have been near 30°C and the forecast is for more of that and even a few days of above 30°C so that will affect the installation of the shingles. Hopefully it doesn't delay things too much, because the rest of the material needed to complete the exterior (windows, doors, sidings, etc.) will be delivered in about a week.
2011/06/30Spring/Summer 2011 (previous next)
The long cool wet spring is finally over. This week we finally hit temperatures around 30°C and it looks like they will be around for a while.
The focus this spring and summer is the construction of a garage. This will be a much need workshop to do all the wood working that remains inside the Telegraph Office.
The design work begin back in earl April. Once the size and placement of the building were finalized it was time to get the site ready for concrete. That dragged on until early June due to the cool wet weather. The slab was done at the start of the second week of June and the actual garage construction began in the last few days of June.
There is currently enough material on site to build the exterior shell and shingle the roof. All of that should be done in the next week or so.
Windows were ordered a few weeks ago so they should be delivery sometime soon. All the rest of the material needed to finished the exterior (doors, siding, etc.) is readily available so that work will begin as soon as the building is up. The garage will be almost the complete opposite of the Telegraph Office, in that its exterior will be as maintenance free as possible.
Like past years, landscaping and gardening activities have also taken place this spring and summer. A side walk was poured in the front of the house with the concrete that was left over from the garage slab. Afterwards some grass was planted along the sidewalk and on the west side of the house. That happened just before we had the big rain, so its growing quite well already.
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