Furring Strip Installation Continues

Day #134

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.

Furring Strips
Furring strips section 1 completed, section 2 started.

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.

New Picture Window
Plywood covering the picture window opening.

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.

Furring Strips - Section 2
Furring strip installation in section 2.

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.

Large puddle before the RR track crossing.

New Picture Window is on the way!

Day #133

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.

New Picture Window
New picture window ready to transport.

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…

A First Look at the Aluminum Ceiling Panels

Day #132

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.

Porch Ceiling Aluminum Panels
Aluminum panels and electric rough in.
Aluminum Ceiling Panels
The start of the ceiling panel installation.
Aluminum Ceiling Panels
New aluminum porch ceiling panels.

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!

West End Tyvek
Existing siding removed and Tyvek installed on the west end wall.

Porch Ceiling Panel Installation Begins!

Day #131

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.

Fan Brace
Overhead light brace installed.
Furring Strips - Porch Ceiling
Furring strips, overhead light brace and fixture box.
Furring strips for the porch ceiling section one.

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.

PVC Beam Cover - Porch Ceiling
PVC beam cover, furring strips and light rough in.

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.

The New Roof Is Installed!

Day #130

June 11, 2020 – The metal was delivered yesterday. Our roofing contractor, D&N Construction, is on site today. So let the installation begin!

Lifting Metal Panels
Lifting the metal panels up to the roof.

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.

Metal Roof Installation
Progress along the porch side of the cottage.

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.

New Roof - Backside
Progress along the back side of the cottage.

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.

New Roof Closet Bump Out
Covering the closet bump out.
Roof complete on the backside of the cottage.

After the completion of the metal panels, snow and ice rails follow. Fascia trim completes the installation.

Porch Side
New roof complete on the porch side.

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.

Finishing Up the Soffit! New Roofing – Ready, Set Go!

Day #129

June 9, 2020 – Finishing up the soffit today. The metal roofing is on site and will be installed post haste.

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.

Hoo Raw!

Soffit Finishing
Working on the soffit on the last gable rake.
Soffit Installation
Soffit on the east side of the cottage.
Last Piece
One piece to go!
Last Piece
Installing the last piece.

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.

South Side Soffit Installation – Day 4

Day #127

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.

Amerimax Vented Soffit
Just me, a square, my tin snips and a coffee.

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.

Corner Detail - South Side Soffit Installation
Corner detail at the closet bump out.
Closet Bump Out - South Side Soffit Installation
Working around the closet bump out.

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.

South East Cotner
South side soffit installation, working towards the south east corner.
East Side Scaffold
Soffit and scaffolding on the east side.

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.

Bird nest and baby birds on the under the east side 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!

West Side Soffit Installation – Day 3

Day #126

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.

West Side - Gable Rake
Soffit installation on the west side of the cottage.
Old Vent Opening
Framing in the old vent opening.

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.

Old Vent Opening Closed
Old vent opening framed in and soffit J channel in place.

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.

South Side Soffit
Soffit installation on the south side.

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.

Aluminum Soffit and PVC Beam Wrap – Day 2

Day #126

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.

Soffit - North Side
Soffit on the north side along the cottage roof.

The installation of PVC trim boards and J Channels on the porch beams precede the soffit.

Soffit - Porch Roof
Aluminum soffit installation complete along the north side.

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.

Soffit - North West Corner
Soffit installation turns the north west corner.
Soffit - West Side
West side soffit installation along the new porch roof.

The soffit on side one is complete. Hang in there we are on the way to a new roof!