It's "roof week" at Otter Hollow. I've kind of been dreading this part of the project. While it doesn't look like much from the pictures, the incline that the house is on presents a difficult working area. The house is only 14 feet long, but loses three feet in elevation over that span. It makes accessing parts of it a little tedious. We've got little dig out areas all along each side to stabilize ladders.

My timing couldn't have been any better. My parents were returning home to North Carolina this week from being out west and Florida for most of the winter. They parked their motorhome at the top of our driveway, and have been here all week. My dad is a mechanical engineer and is an enormous help in bringing to reality my creative ideas. I tend to think of some cool stuff, but the execution part leaves me sleepless in the middle of the night! 

Reaching the ridge of the roof is impossible from a ladder. I installed part of the roof by straddling the ridgeline, but that doesn't work when installing 8ft. long metal roofing. My dad and I scratched our heads, and he finally came up with a solution where we took a 12 ft deck board and attached some foot long pieces of 4x4 in strategic areas that would coincide with the rafter tails. We took clamps and placed them over the entire piece close to the rafter and it created a lip for me to stand on. After the initial "test", which included me as the guinea pig, I got comfortable fairly quickly. This installation was pretty fast after that. Even at 6'2", I couldn't quite put the ridge vent on...So we schlepped a pallet up, and I stood on it. I'm pretty sure that it wasn't OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazard Association) approved! 

My buddy Clark helped put up the roofing sheathing, and without the help of my dad this roof couldn't have been completed. I've pretty much been able to do all the other work alone.

We got the roofing felt up, then had to figure out how we were going to install the metal...

We got the roofing felt up, then had to figure out how we were going to install the metal...

Glad to have an engineer around! We made a toe board by attaching 4x4s to a deck board, then clamping them to the fascia. It worked very well. 

Glad to have an engineer around! We made a toe board by attaching 4x4s to a deck board, then clamping them to the fascia. It worked very well. 

Installing the metal roofing moves along pretty quickly. My dad and I both agreed that if it weren't for the inclined build site this project would have probably taken half the time.

Installing the metal roofing moves along pretty quickly. My dad and I both agreed that if it weren't for the inclined build site this project would have probably taken half the time.

Hillbilly engineering at its finest! While it worked perfectly, I wouldn't suggest supporting yourself with clamps and a pallet. It tends to make those around you a little nervous.

Hillbilly engineering at its finest! While it worked perfectly, I wouldn't suggest supporting yourself with clamps and a pallet. It tends to make those around you a little nervous.

Shannon is thankful my life insurance policy is up to date. 

Shannon is thankful my life insurance policy is up to date. 

My dad doing a little work on the drip edge. Couldn't have put this roof on without his help.

My dad doing a little work on the drip edge. Couldn't have put this roof on without his help.

The roof, almost finished. We have to trim the gable drip edges and install the eave drip edges, then we'll be good up top. Some siding, and a bunch of little work, and it should be inhabitable. 

The roof, almost finished. We have to trim the gable drip edges and install the eave drip edges, then we'll be good up top. Some siding, and a bunch of little work, and it should be inhabitable.