Monthly Archives: July 2015

Can you say, “Front Rafters”

Finally the rain subsided and we were able to complete the middle rafters in my sewing studio.  

 Then we moved onto the front rafters. The was so excitin’! 

 Bad Billy, Bad Billy!  Your suppose to be putting rocks on the wall not pull them off. Your in big trouble mister! 

 Still hoping to have the framing done before Sunday. Cross your fingers!

Till next time……


It’s been awhile……

It’s been a slow progress due to rain.  

We finished all the rafters in the back corridor.  

Martin and Ron chat about the successful morning! 

 Martin added bolts to the beams for added protection! 

 Boys were busy doing boy work so I decided to see what my rock covered wall would look like  



Till next time……..


Look look look!

More roof rafters went up today. Ron cut the wood to Martin’s specifications. Martin and I hung the hangers and then rafters. Martin swung the hammer like an Amish man. Me, I power hammered mine in with a power nailer.  

 Everyday is more exciting than the previous. We have only two weeks left to build so fingers crossed. The plan is next week to finish the framing and the next week to lay all the plywood. 

Till next time….


Roof, roof!

This week brings more progress. The second beam was put up.   

 The last missing 6×6 post for the front wall arrived so we quickly finished that up.  

 The third wall was also put up.  

 Billy was not helping as expected so he was sent to the corner to think about it.  

 It took us some time to figure out the roof rafters but we did it!   


After installing 8 of 150 roof rafters Martin decided to test his engineering.  

Such a handsome stud muffin to pull this all together  

 Cant wait for tomorrow. Some days we feel like the Amish when the walls go up and some days like a gorilla when doing concrete. And some days we are gophers when getting supplies. 

Till next time…..


Beam me up!

We were able to put up part of the kitchen wall today and………..

Drum roll please……… 

Put up the beam in our bedroom!!!!!!

You can see how high the ceiling really is  

 First kiss is our bedroom! 

 Kansas says, “Really?

Till next time…..


More progress!!!

Today we started building the walls inside the house. It’s so exciting to actually see the defined spaces.  

 This is the start of the bedroom wall.  

 Man my sewing studio is so huge. Lots of space. This is just so much fun. Martin is doing an amazing job figuring this all out. 

Till next time……



Today start with sprinkles and over cast skies. Luckily the rain stopped so the concrete pouring could start. Martin mixed 65 bags of concrete. That’s 5,200 pounds. Ron hauled 455 half filled buckets of mixed concrete to me on the scoffolding. I poured all those buckets into each of the cells tamping in rebar and set the anchor bolts.  It took us 5 hours. Whew we are tired. But at least it’s done!

Till next time…….



Tuesday afternoon we went to town to get supplies and as we were driving home the sunset and storm combination were breath taking.  


  Yesterday started sunny and a beautiful day with our boots on. We stacked the last 2 rows of concrete blocks on the back wall. Framed out two door ways and finished framing the bottom of the front wall. We broke for lunch took our boots off cause with this wet weather mud and sand seem to find it’s way into the Moho. Had a nice lunch, boots on oh crap it’s starting to rain. So we ran down to the site to pick up tools. Back to the Moho boots off to wait it out. Rain stops. Boots on! We had to add a few anchor bolts to the front wall base plates. We dragged out the tools needed and got the job done. Thunder around us so we pick up the tools and put them away and decided to climb to the knoll to watch the storms. Do we start another project or do we just call it a day?  


Well as we rested for a brief moment the answer came in rain drops. Bang big Thunder. We ran down the hill and back to the Moho. Boots off!
Till next time……