Building My House

I have always wanted to build my own house. I am retired now, so I have the time. I found some land, designed a house that would fit the land and my needs and got started. I am doing all the work myself, so progress will be fairly slow. To read this blog from the beginning, start with the oldest archive and read posts from last to first.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

65: North Wall Siding

So, now I’m finally siding the last big wall, the north wall. I call it the last big wall because there is still the small west gable left to side where the house overlaps the workshop. The housewrap went on smoothly, with no problems. As before, it was put on in 9’ wide vertical strips as that way is much easier to install by yourself. Then the five windows went in after sill pans and sill dams were installed in each window.

The scaffolds of course had to be rebuilt for the hundredth time, as they only needed to be 8 to 12 feet tall, instead of the 19 foot height used on the east wall. At first I just built two of the lean-too scaffolds to support the aluminum walkboard, expecting to move the walkboard as needed. That idea got scrapped quickly and enough walkboards and scaffolds were then built so that I could walk down the entire length of the house without having to move walkboards.

Then the siding started going on. It’s amazing how much faster it goes on after having done two walls already.
So, now I’m about ¾ finished with the north wall siding. One day all my wooden walkboards were wet from high humidity, so I started siding the porch. I had worried that the siding bottom edges wouldn’t line up with the north wall edges, but that turned out to be a non-issue. I don’t think I had thought about it ahead of time, so I guess I just got lucky.