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#17 Porch, Insulation, Roof, Sink, Septic oh my!

This week has been very productive for us.  Today especially, big things are happening, as evidenced by how many vehicles are gracing our lawn.  Look how small our house looks next to that insulation van!

vehicle city

First off, our porch is almost finished!  We went from…

to this

Matthew gave us a really cool design for the beams.  Custom cut with soft edges it really looks wonderful.

porch details

Notice concrete squares have been molded to give a softer look, matching the beams. Metal braces will be painted to match the color of the aluminum clad windows.

Matthew figured out a way to put up the porch without using metal fasteners.  Very clever and looks so cool.

Matthew figured out a way to connect the porch to the house without using metal fasteners. Very clever! The beams fit into slots. See next photo for detail of before they went in.

Beams sit in these slots.

Beams sit in these slots.

Porch beam detail by Matthew, done on all four sides. We love it! His attention to detail is so appreciated and makes our house even more special.

Beam detail

A closer look

Looking good!

Looking good!

Next comes the metal roof to finish it off.  I can’t wait to sit under it sipping tea and daydreaming during our long wet Pacific Northwest winters.  I’m hoping to be able to watch the deer investigate our yard while pretending I’m invisible.

Also, today the rest of our Comfort Batt/AFB insulation is being installed.  I feel warmer already! 🙂

This stuff is really amazing.  This is taken from their website, http://www.roxul.com:

Properties:

  • Easily cut
  • Non-combustible
  • Excellent sound absorbency
  • Does not rot
  • Does not promote growth of fungi or mildew
  • Low moisture sorption
  • Chemically inert; non-corrosive
  • Water resistant
  • CFC – and – HCFC free, product and process
  • Made from natural & recycled materials
  • Earns LEED® points

It’s made from rocks.  How they spin rocks into wool is beyond me but I’m thankful someone’s figured it out!  It resists fire up to 2150 degrees!!!!!

Roxul Comfort Batt, the same stuff we used in the roof.

This is the same stuff we used in the yurt roof.

Me precious! (Yes, that’s how much I love this stuff!)

Because of the design of our bedroom/bathroom addition, and needing an air gap between the roof and the insulation, the slope of the roof at the exterior wall is too small to put enough Roxul for the R-value we need.  So a *rigid insulation giving us more protection has been put in.  Originally it was just going to be 3 feet around the edge as you see in the photo but they had extra so they ended up doing the whole room giving us extra insulation.  (*This insulation was not something we were aware was going in until it was installed) The Comfort Batt goes on under that, then the DB+ Vapor barrier and then finally our reclaimed wood ceiling and walls can be put up.  I think we’re going to be the most insulated house on the block!  In addition, we are putting extra insulation in the interior walls for sound absorbancy between the rooms.  I’ll have to find out what R-Values we are ending up with and post next week.

Rigid insulation

Rigid insulation install. The plywood is still drying out from the crazy amount of rain we’ve been getting. Now at least it won’t get wet anymore.

They used R Max Thermasheath – 3

Bedroom

Our Bedroom

Roxul insulation

Put between rooms

*I just wanted to make a note that we used Eco-Bond caulk to close up any gaps left from the electrical install before the insulation went in.

Another big event today is finishing the roof on the bedrooms, bathroom and window seat.  Hurray for that!

I just found out these panels are from a company called Scafco, that does farm bins and silos and such.  Much heavier galvanized steel than normal metal roofs.  That makes sense since they are also round.  Kudos to Smiling Woods on that one!

I just found out these panels are from a company called Scafco, that does farm bins and silos and such. Much heavier galvanized steel than normal metal roofs. That makes sense since they are also round. Kudos to Smiling Woods on that one!

Corbin uses the Tescon Vana tape to seal the Vapor Barrier.

Corbin uses the Tescon Vana tape to seal the Vapor Barrier.

Addition roof

Mission accomplished. Our window box is joining her big sister in getting her very own roof to herself.

window box roof

See how happy that made her. She looks all grown up. 🙂

Last night we bought a 1940’s farmhouse kitchen sink on Ebay.  Can’t wait to use it!!!!!  You can tell how excited I am by the amount of exclamation points I just used.

1940's farmhouse sink

They finally started working on our septic today.  Doing the excavation for the pump.  Hallelujah!

You can't tell but this hole is way bigger than it looks.  Our septic tank and pump will go here.

You can’t tell but this hole is way bigger than it looks. Our septic tank and pump will go here.

Last by not least is the arrival of the cedar siding for the bedrooms, bathroom and window box.  That will go on next week.  We got the siding from a local Vashon company, LS Cedar. Here they are unloading it.

A long and plentiful week and one step closer to home.

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4 comments on “#17 Porch, Insulation, Roof, Sink, Septic oh my!

  1. peggy64
    November 12, 2014

    Lookin Gooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Sharing the Only One
    November 12, 2014

    Thanks Peggy!

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  3. darcy
    November 26, 2014

    love that sink! everything looks amazing!

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    • Sharing the Only One
      November 26, 2014

      Thanks Darcy! I can’t tell you how excited we are to use all our new “old” fixtures we’ve bought. We’re in heaven over the whole thing and how everything is coming along. I’m finally going to get that old house feel I’ve been dreaming and babbling about for years.

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