I finished up the installation of the 1×3 furring strips in the first section (“Brenda’s Deck”) of the new porch. As you can see in the image below I have a stack of aluminum ceiling panels laying on the deck ready to be installed.
There is a dividing wall between section 1, “Brenda’s Deck”, and the rest of the porch. I framed in the top plate of this wall and continued the furring strip installation in section 2.
In the image below, the plywood you see on the wall covers the rough opening for the new living room picture window . My Enola PA crew is coming tomorrow to help me set this window in place. Pretty exciting.
This afternoon we had a visit from Spouting Unlimited. We invited them to provide us with a proposal to furnish and install seamless gutters and downspouts. As it turned out, their price was great so we hired them to do the job. We picked out a color from one of their sample rings and they were off. They will be back in a couple of weeks to do the installation. Easy as that.
It’s funny how things go in the Land Before Time. A short time after Spouting Unlimited left the skies opened up and it poured buckets! Maybe it was a quick reminder to us, from the heavens, to expedite the gutter and downspout installation. Who knows?
This is the puddle that formed just before the railroad crossing.
June 15, 2020 – Not working at the cottage today, but I made a trip to the Mechanicsburg Home Depot to pick up our new picture window. This window goes in the living room, on the porch side of the cottage.
I made a carrier for the back of the truck so that I can safely transport the window. Here is a picture of the window in the truck ready to go to the Land Before Time.
There is a story about this window that I will relate in a later post. As I write this blog it is funny now, but it was not funny at all when it happened. Stay tuned…
June 13, 2020 – Just a short blog today. I continued the electric rough in above the porch ceiling for the overhead light in section one, and the three ceiling fans further on down the porch. I was able to get a good start on the aluminum ceiling panels too.
PS: I was reviewing my photos and notes from this day and I realized that I forgot to mention that my New Jersey Crew removed the old siding from the west end of the cottage and covered it with Tyvek. Obviously, they are making a “Artistic” statement by installing the building warp upside down. LOL!
June 12, 2020 – Yesterday the roofing contractor finished up the metal roof. Today marks the beginning of the installation of the porch ceiling. We choose an aluminum panel similar to the soffit material already installed. There is not much difference between the two panels. The soffit panel is fully vented (lots of tiny vent holes) and the ceiling panel is solid. Both are white in color.
We planned an overhead light in the first porch section so I installed a ceiling heavy duty fan brace and fixture box. Next I fastened 1″×3″ furring strips perpendicular to the ceiling joists. These will serve as nailers for the aluminum ceiling panels.
As the furring strip installation proceeds, I drop back to cover the porch beams with a pvc board. The J channel for the porch ceiling panels will attach directly to the pvc board making for a clean finish.
At the end of the day I have the first porch section ready for the aluminum panels. I hope to get those started tomorrow morning. It feels great to have things finally starting to close in.
June 11, 2020 – The metal was delivered yesterday. Our roofing contractor, D&N Construction, is on site today. So let the installation begin!
The roofers had a three man crew. There was one guy on the ground lifting the metal panels up and two guys on the roof placing and fastening the panels. They showed up around 8:00 AM, took a small break at noon and completed by 3:00 PM. No fooling around with these guys.
After 70 years, it is understandable that the cottage is out of square. This was not a surprise to me. To make up for the difference, the new panels slightly staggered at the bottom edge. If I didn’t tell you that they are staggered you would never know.
We left the old shingles on part of the existing roof. The new material warranty requires a layer of protective underlayment between the shingles and the new panels. This underlayment goes over the shingles just before the metal panels.
After the completion of the metal panels, snow and ice rails follow. Fascia trim completes the installation.
This is a major milestone for our cottage renovation project!. We are permanently dried in under a shiny new roof. Halleluiah!
Next up, seamless gutters and downspouts, furring strips for the porch ceiling installation and electric rough in for the new porch ceiling fans.
This will be a good day. The cottage has never had soffit and as a result we have suffered the ill effects of bees, wasps, bugs and birds. Today this comes to an end. No more bird nests and baby birds to relocate.
At this point the soffit is finished and we can proceed with the metal roof installation.
The roofing contractor is scheduled to arrive on Thursday and the weather report is looking very good. I’m not sure how long they will be here but it’s taken us quite a while to get to this point. It’s very exciting to finally arrive at this day.
June 8, 2020 – Just a quick post today. This evening as we arrived at the cottage we discovered the new metal roofing laying in the yard. Kyfus Metal Sales made the delivery is one day ahead of schedule. Hooray!
This is awesome! I will finish the soffit tomorrow and D&N Construction will be on site Wednesday to install the new metal roofing. It’s all coming together.
June 7, 2020 – Yesterday I made it around the south west corner with the soffit. Today I am working on the south side soffit installation. I tried to get an early start so I can make it around the south east corner.
The south side has the closet bump out. As I proceed around the closet I will have to create two inside corners. This is more intricate and takes a little more time to do.
With the soffit complete around the closet bump out I continue towards the south east corner. Thankfully, the electric service entrance LB fitting is below the line of the J channel and the soffit.
Near the end of the day I rounded the south east corner and continued up the east side until I reached the bird nest and the family of birds that took up residence under the overhang.
Clearly this is the result of some bad parenting decisions. Since I couldn’t bring myself to relocate this unlucky bunch peepers I called it quits for the day. We have to head back home tonight to take care of some chores but we’ll be back in a day or so.
The new metal roofing is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, June 9th and the roofers are supposed to start on Wednesday the 10th. If everything goes as planned the cottage will have a new roof by the end of next week!
June 6, 2020 – Continued from yesterday, the soffit installation goes up and down each gable rake on the west end of the cottage and around the corner to the south side.
As I approach the roof ridge, I frame in, close up and cover the old vent opening with building wrap. In the photo below the soffit installation proceeds up the northern gable rake. The J Channel has been installed on the southern gable rake.
With the soffit done on the southern gable rake, the installation rounds the corner and continues on the south side of the cottage. This is existing overhang that for years, has been exposed with no soffit.
The soffit on two sides are is now complete. The south side will take a little longer as I have to work around the rhododendrons you see above. This will be tomorrows goal.
June 5, 2020 – Aluminum soffit installation continues on the north side of the cottage I framed a two foot overhang along the new porch roof to give us a little more protection from the elements. My baker scaffold makes the installation process easier.
The installation of PVC trim boards and J Channels on the porch beams precede the soffit.
The porch roof has a shallow pitch so I decided against framing a tradition “Bird Box” at the corner. Instead I turned up the J Channel and aluminum soffit before it reached the gable end. This allows the soffit to make a smooth transition and proceed up along the gable rake. You can see this in the photo below and also in this photo, No Bird Box.
The soffit on side one is complete. Hang in there we are on the way to a new roof!