Holey House!

I said it was going to be a busy month! I ended up working six days a week for most of August. However, I was offered better shifts at the restaurant, which allowed me to quit my second job at the convenience store! So from here on, hopefully my life will be a little less hectic! In addition to that, I moved out of Dylan’s parents’ house. It was time.

And speaking of time, I felt like I didn’t have enough! After working six days a week, mostly nights, I was not jumping out of bed at 6am on Sunday morning to work on the house. Doing this build myself does give me flexibility and control over when and how long I build, which can be bad when I’m procrastinating, but it can be good when I need a bit more sleep. I do what I can. It’s nice to have a build day where I get up at a decent hour then build until dark, but I’ve also felt very accomplished sneaking in a few hours in the morning or early afternoon before a shift. Then there are other times when I take too long in the morning and run out of time to get anything done before my shift.

I’ve worked on the house six days so far this month, and have one more day planned before the 1st. I leave on a road trip with my sister September 1st! We’re driving to drop her off at university in Ontario, and then I’m spending a week visiting friends and family. I am so excited and I definitely need this vacation!

But before I leave, I have to catch you up with what I’ve done! I think the pictures will say it all:

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I cut out the skylight holes, doing my first plunge cut!

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My jigsaw guy  ❤

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While I was working on the roof, Dylan was busy cutting out all the downstairs windows!

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I added a skylight!

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One skylight in, one to go

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Ooh look another one!

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😀

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Ooh look, pretty roofing! Spanish tile inspired, 3D orange shingles made with recycled materials 🙂

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Ignore my twisty fascia, it’s on the to-do list to fix 😛 The ridges give the house a unique shadow 🙂

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Laying it out to test it. Before nailing these down, we taped the foam closure strips to the bottom of the shingles so they’d end up in the right place. The solid foam will keep bugs and little creatures from crawling in.

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Finishing up the first row!

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Dylan worked on the first row from the ladder, and I worked on the second row up on the roof 🙂

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Third row started and flashing kit installed (the kit took two hours on its own)

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I can’t decide if it looks unreal or too real 😛

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First row on the other side and the second skylight kit installed – only took an hour this time. 🙂

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TA-DA!

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The silver is tape, and will be covered by the ridge cap I have to add.

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I’m just proud we didn’t put any pieces upside down!

It might not have been the unrealistically productive month I planned, but skylights and roofing are two big milestones, and they look amazing! I still have to put the verge and ridge caps on, but then it’s done! And we’ll see what September brings. 🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Leigh Jackson
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:44:28

    Very cool, Glad to see your doing the important stuff since winter is coming and that roof will keep you dry inside. I hope you get the siding and windows on before the first snow. Would be great to think you’ll be wired and insulated as well before that first snowfall. That would be the ideal thing anyway. That way you could get a space heater and work on the inside as the snow falls.

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