Monday, November 27, 2017

Framing up the Bedroom

In the last couple weeks, we’ve seen some wall panels go up and the master suite started!  We need to get the bedroom section built and dried in to keep the rain off the subfloor.  The first floor SIP panels were no problem, but WOW…. That first second floor wall with panels was a doozie!  Jeff and Mike lifted the heavy wall while Randy, Asa, and I pulled and held it up with ropes.  It was not easy to say the least.  We revamped the technique for the next sections, and it worked more smoothly.  This is one heck of a project for just us as a crew!   

Mike and the boys put down the subfloor and then it was time for something new!  Last weekend, Jeff and Randy began framing up the master area.  Be the end of the weekend, they had framed up the roof over the first section.  The boys and I pulled out rough cut boards from one of the many stacks out back and sanded them.  These will be the exposed ceiling boards for the master area, and Jeff even began putting some up by the time the sun went down on Sunday!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Raising the Roof

After the crane left, Jeff and Randy rigged up a pulley system for us to pull the panels up and onto the roof.  The boys and I took turns being the one to pull them up with the 4-wheeler.  Because Jeff has a day job and can only work on nights and weekends, it took 2 weeks to raise the panels, 4 weeks to make and put up the eaves, and 6 weeks to put up the metal roof.  They wore harnesses and hooked in up there, but it still made me nervous to watch! 
Now that the roof is finished, we’ll move to putting down subfloor and the walls near the master bedroom.  The master will be typically built, so no timber-framing for this part!




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Shipping Containers

I am in love with my shipping containers!  They were dropped off in July, and thanks to Corey, Faith, and Christian and their welding abilities, it was read for action by the end of August!  By the time classes started on the 5th of September, animals were in stalls, grain was stored and dry, and my milking and tack area was set up!

The kids and I worked to get all of the fence posts in the ground, but we did have to get some help stretching the fence.  Crutches and a boot just get in the way with things like that!

Getting some organization on the farm is huge for me.  I've been making due and making things work for years now, and this has been a long time coming.  I drew up plans for the fencing areas and "barn" last year, and to see it all come to be is just simply awesome!

I love my animals, I love that my kids and I get to work out here and care for them, and I simply love my job and the ability to share this with others.  I am very blessed!