Cold progress

Started work outside about 8:30 this morning. It was around 30 degrees, but sunny and windless. As I started moving, I was actually quite comfortable. It got progressively windier, and the sun went behind the clouds as the temps stayed in the low 30s. I could work all day in these conditions, although I'd prefer to not have wind gusts. It got me to thinking about how I can't comprehend how folks work outside when the temps are below 20. I have tons of gloves, but not a pair in which I can manipulate a tape measure, make consistent marks with my pencil, or operate some hand tools. I guess I'm built to stay in the south!

Built and raised the southeast wall today. The place is starting to look like a real building! I had to make a header and make a rough opening for the window that will be centered in that wall. After getting the wall up, I dry fit the window, just to make sure that it would fit. It does. I also clamped the main door in its rough place, just to see how it would look and how the place flows. So far, I'm pretty happy with the layout. The top of the window falls almost exactly at the place where the joists that will support the loft hit. I still haven't decided whether I will go with 2X4s or 2X6s to support the loft. Sixes are probably overkill, but I tend to overbuild things anyway. If this house were built on a trailer bed, I would have done things differently. As it is, it is way over-engineered!

Gotta hit the road to pick up the munchkin from school and take her to dance class. 

Raising the southeast wall.

Raising the southeast wall.

Clamped in the window, just to make sure it fit.

Clamped in the window, just to make sure it fit.

This is a door we recovered from a farmhouse that some friends of ours were tearing down in south Georgia a couple years ago. I knew we'd find a use for it! I think it will be perfect.

This is a door we recovered from a farmhouse that some friends of ours were tearing down in south Georgia a couple years ago. I knew we'd find a use for it! I think it will be perfect.

A view from inside. The boards clamped between the door and the window (above) represent where the floor joists for the sleeping loft will be.  

A view from inside. The boards clamped between the door and the window (above) represent where the floor joists for the sleeping loft will be.