Category Archives: Framing the Main House

Laying the Ti-Proboard on the main deck. And Jane’s perch

01Sep14 – Happy Labor Day!  How did it get to be September so fast?!

Steve spent the weekend attaching the Ti-Proboard to the main deck floor joists.  TI-Proboard is a composite sub floor panel that is unaffected by expansion, contraction or exterior weather conditions.  It enables you to tile a raised deck.  We ran out of panels (a miscalculation somewhere) and will special order more from Home Depot tonight. Wow – the demi-lune part of the deck looks huge!  Steve power screwed about 900 special screws to secure the panels to the floor joists!  I think he is glad we ran out of panels today…..

I spent the weekend designing and constructing my “perch”  amongst the trees on our side yard.  The space was calling to me to be used as a look-out from the mountain side.  It started as a simple path to a small patch, just a little leveling, and then the stone masons said they would make me a stone slab bench so I could sit and just gaze out at the valley and mountains.

Then I decided it would be a nice detail to round-out the base of the perch area, since the Maple Forest Cottage has many arches in it’s design.  This extension, of course, would be just that much further down the steep slope.  Well, Steve smiled at me and said, “Now you’re going to have to build a retaining wall.”  And, yes, unfortunately, he was absolutely right.  So now I’ve dug down the mountain far enough that I’ll indeed need about a 3′ stone retaining wall (I was getting excited about the idea of space for a chimenea!)  My little project just got a lot more complicated!  So, from the stone pile in our driveway about 100′ away I start picking out stones for my wall.  Now, I have to be able to carry these stones, one at a time, two if I’m lucky, the whole distance by myself, across the driveway, down the dirt path to the basement area, where I walk over, that is on-top-of, the makeshift dirt birm that holds out rain water out (there was a puddle from the previous night’s rain right in the middle of my path), up the steep side yard and over to the perch area where I decide where each rock is going to fit in the grand scheme of this project. Both Steve and I worked until dark (Fri – Sun) – he because of the immensity of his project, me because I had to take periodic rests each day, because of the immensity of my project.

Today Steve continued on the deck (he’s watching me & smiling through all my travails) and I’m ready to do some back filling.  There’s not enough dirt left from where I dug it out in the perch area, so Steve puts air in the leaky wheelbarrow tire and I take about 14 shovel fulls per trip via wheelbarrow down the same trail as before.  Now this is clay dirt and weighs a ton so from the driveway down the dirt path to the basement area, I have to hold tight so I won’t have a runaway wheelbarrow, and from the end of the basement area I have to make a running start up the mountain so I have enough momentum to take me, the wheelbarrow, the dirt & the bucket up to the perch.  Then I partially fill a 5 gal bucket and walk it over to the perch to dump it out.  After the third bucket, I can maneuver the wheelbarrow with the rest of the dirt into the perch area and release the rest of the dirt.  This took me a couple of hours.  And I’m only maybe 20″ high into my 36″ retaining wall – which means I get to do this a second time!  Ugh.  I sure am glad I like to dig in the dirt…..

Painting the Deck facing

26Aug14 – Beautiful Summer day here in the mountains – sunny, dry, soft breeze, mild temp (78 degrees) and able to just be present to enjoy it.  Had lunch on the deck just taking it all in.

Steve painted the deck facing today and it still amazes me what a coat (or two) of paint can do….

Getting the curve on the deck

22Aug14- Today we start attaching the MiraTec boards to the demi-lune section of the main deck.  They’ve been hanging between saw horses the past couple of days to help get that curve in there. There’s been lots of prep work before we reached this stage.  Now it will really start looking even more like the Maple Forest Cottage we love.  Geronimo and crew were only available for a half day, and their help is so appreciated.  How did I ever begin to think this would be completed this week?!

Main deck curve is complete!

24Aug14 – Yesterday Geronimo and crew (Geraldo & Alfredo) were kind enough to take 1/2 of Saturday and help Steve finish the curve of the main deck.  They all worked non-stop from 730am – 1pm:  5 1/2 hours.  WOW!  It looks super.  Thank you Steve for all your calculations,  preciseness and know-how on how to create what was not described in the plans; and thank you Geronimo, Geraldo & Alfredo for working so hard on your normal day off!

(And it did get done by the end of the week……)

Up Go the Deck Posts

19Aug14 – After spending  a long time doing calculations (because there is no detail drawing of the demi-lune deck on the original plans) Steve started placing posts along this curved part of the deck.  He was able to get Geronimo & crew for the afternoon and maybe again tomorrow pm.  So nice having help for a difficult job.  Phew….

Deck : Day 6 – Framing is finished! Grading the yard….

30Jul14 – They finished the deck framing this morning!! Wow – what an accomplishment.  We just love being able to sit out there and ended up napping last night before a late dinner.  So peaceful.

Steve & the guys cleaned up & graded the area around the deck – we’re a couple of dump truck loads away from finishing, but it’s actually looking groomed!  What a concept.

I ran into Asheville to pick up some straw matting, grass seed & wild flower seed (the guys were giggling as they learned they were going to be sowing flower seeds – too hilarious to listen to) and almost all was planted before the end of the day.  Back tomorrow to finish up!

Deck: Day 5.5

29Jul14 – Sunday night rainfall made it too wet & mushy to work on the deck yesterday so we started back at it again this morning.  Beautiful Fall type of day – sunny, dry, and in the low 70’s:  delightful.

Deck: Day 4.5

25Jul14 – Decent weather all day – Steve, Jeronimo, Gerardo, & Alfredo working on the deck. We get to set foot on the Maple Forest Cottage’s new deck at the end of the day!  And then we sit in our chairs and just relax.  Almost forgot how….

The electricians, Walt & Darlene, connected the kitchen & dining room to electricity with real light switches!  Missed the photo op of all the electrical lines coming into the junction box.

26Jul14 – Back to painting.  Steve’s painting the bedroom gable walls a lighter version of the same color used below the trimline. And was just up in my loft painting away.  ;- )   The wood trim will be coming way down the line…..

The Deck gets a full day’s worth of work!

24Jul14 – Well, who would have guessed.  Sun.

Then rains drops; and then they went away.  For all the rest of the day.  Look at all that got done!

The Main Deck Begins… ;- )

17Jul14 – Ok, today is a really exciting day – work on the main deck begins!!  We’ve both been waiting for this for a very long time.  There is a lot of precision prep work which will probably take the longest to complete – I would guess.  We should be laying LVLs and floor joists by tomorrow.  That’s when the visual will come to life!