Got some progress done this week. That ends tomorrow when I have to go make money to fund this project.
I'm done with the foundation. I poured all 6 piers and mounted 2X10s that will support the floor joists. It doesn't look like much, but I already have about 25 hours invested. I've already had some conflicting thoughts about my original design. My original plan would work well with the site we have, but I might opt for another design that would be more marketable for level sites, as opposed to the slope we are putting our on. Still have some head scratching to do.
As I originally stated, I wanted to do this project with as many reclaimed materials as I could. That is proving to be harder than I anticipated. Reclaimed lumber, particularly in the Atlanta area, is very expensive. I have had little luck finding anyone willing to have me dismantle a barn or old building. That said, there are still opportunities to find inexpensive materials.
I tend to have a knack for finding bargains. On Monday, I was at Home Depot and was pricing some lumber. I happened upon a stack of 24" cedar shingles. They were a little weathered, like they had been sitting on a pallet outside, but were marked down drastically. I took the chance on letting them sit for a day, and went by last night on my way home and bought all they had (11 bundles). They are normally $50 a bundle, and I got them for just over $13, almost a 75% discount!
I'm contemplating what to do with them. Do I use them for siding (and possibly not have enough) or do I make a cedar roof? I already have some tin that was left on our property when we bought it that I intended to use for the roof. Changing designs may also have an effect on which way I go. I have some time to think about it. The weather has been phenomenal this week, and I hate that I can't cram in some more time.
More to come!