Farm Apartment: Before the Roof (in which we complete the labor intensive and visually non-stunning parts of building)

When we last left off in the saga of the farm apartment, Kenny and I had just erected an entire wall. By ourselves. It was (mostly) great.

Framing is obviously one of the most incredibly visually satisfying parts of the building process, but apparently not every step can be as eye-catching and gasp-inducing.

No, friends, there are a bunch of boring steps that have to get completed too. Bummer, right? But it’s gotta get done.

This is the part of the building process where you will begin to completely question your sanity. The 90+ degree heat may not have helped either.

Okay, let’s get to the good stuff: the pictures. I’ll provide some wordy, inaccurate commentary and you can try to figure out what I’m talking about, okay? Sounds fun, right?

We’d finished the framing of the exterior walls, but before the trusses (roof) could be put into place, more needed to happen. As a reminder, we’re building a gambrel roof with a whole second story atop a formerly one-story, flat-roofed barn. The second story will be an apartment (not for Ken and I, unfortch) and a studio.

To create the “side slants” (that’s probably the professional term) of the barn roof, we had nail up a whole bunch of slant-y boards.

Barn framing!

I know, it’s completely obvious in the picture above, right? There’s a wall there somewhere, and we just added to it.

Here’s another artsy picture of what it looked like. From the inside of the slant-y part. Because obviously this helps explain things #foreheadslap.Barn framing!

In addition to the slanted boards we put up on the North and South sides of the barn, the windows on the East and West side of the barn needed to be framed out. There are two large windows going in on each side of the barn and so we framed it and put in a sill and header.

Barn framing!

And then, illustrated in another super explanatory picture (not), we finally began nailing up plywood! This is sort of a sneak peek since there’s tons more to go. Also, guys, did you know it’s pretty tricky to nail up 4’x8′ pieces of wood on the outside of the second story of a building? Because it was very, very difficult. Grandpa used an ingenious system of ladders and the brute strength of Grandma and I to hoist these sheets into place. Sheesh.

Barn framing!

With the slanted boards in place, we are ready for trusses! Goodness me, we might have this done before winter after all. Snow isn’t the most fun to work in, so that’s the goal, obviously.

To catch up on barn posts, check out how we schemed and planned, demolished the old roof, laid the deck (also known as the floor), and framed the exterior walls. Each post is thrilling in it’s own way, as building with my family is quite the entertaining process.

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