August 9, 2019 – Today we started the demolition and re-framing that is necessary to install the third new kitchen window. This window is located over the outside pump house. I am not ready to remove the pump house so this will be a challenge installing new framing and sheathing in this area.
Before we can install any new framing, the existing siding, window and sheathing must be removed. Over the years, this corner of the cottage has undergone attack by wood boring bees and woodpeckers. I am afraid to see what the studs are going to look like after the siding is removed.
Between banana and coffee breaks the demolition went very well. We striped off the siding, removed the window and some of the 1″ oak plank sheathing. It was a surprise to see the Woodpeckers and Boring Bees did not make it through the layer of roofing felt on the wall. The studs and sheathing are still sound.
After completing the demolition, we framed in the rough opening for the new window and installed the exterior plywood wall sheathing. At the end of the day we had the building wrap on this section and we are ready to set the new kitchen window.
First thing tomorrow we will set the new window. With this window installed, there remains only one more old window in the kitchen. We are coming forward into the 21st century slowly but surely.
August 8, 2019 – I’ve been away the past two weekends. It was a nice break, but now, back to the renovation.
Hoping to get a jump on the weekend I came down a night earlier than usual. This allows me to get all my “weekend” stuff moved in and set up so I’m ready to go to work in the morning. Entering the cottage, once again, I found a birds nest inside. This time is was on top of the refrigerator inside a plastic bag from the Giant. It had four eggs inside.
Amazing what they can do in a couple of days. Them birds are busy!
I really have to get the cottage closed in to stop this nonsense!
So….. once again, I have to be the bad guy and remove the nest and the eggs. Sorry little birds but you need to pick a better nesting site. Bye now….
After relocating the birds nest I chilled out for the rest of the evening.
Jess showed up later in the evening and we went out to Wingman’s for some dinner. It was nice. After dinner we headed back to the cottage. Tomorrow we will replace another old kitchen window. It will be a good day.
PS: We have our share of pests at the Cot-Taj-Mahal. Here is an interesting photo of another one of our unwelcome guests – Carpenter Bee
July 13, 2019 – Yesterday I ran out of daylight before I could get the kitchen sink drain line completed. This morning I checked the slope and alignment of the piping that I had roughed in. I still have an 1/8″ per foot slope to the tie in point.
After I glued everything together I installed the galvanized pipe supports and double checked the slope. Everything looks good. Now that the kitchen sink drain rough in is complete the porch decking can continue.
Before the deck installation continues, we felt the installation of some of the new windows would minimize the chances of any breakage. Two of the rough openings are ready. One above the kitchen sink….
…. and one along the side of the new addition. It didn’t take very long at all to put these in place. They are leveled, fastened and taped off.
The third new window also gets installed in the side wall. Before we can set it, I need to remove the old existing window and re-frame the opening to the correct size and height. This is a future project.
Today was a pretty productive day. We finished the kitchen sink drain line rough in and managed to set two of the three new windows. Tomorrow I will continue the Trex decking install.
July 12, 2019 – Today is another miscellaneous work day. I have hurricane ties, that I purchased from Fasteners Plus, to install on the first porch roof section. Thankfully, I made it all the way to the cottage with the three new windows without any breakage…so there’s that. Before I can continue anymore Trex decking I have to install the drain line for the kitchen sink.
First up, the Hurricane Ties. They are easy to install and help prevent lateral movement and uplift from strong winds.
I was able to unload the windows buy myself without breaking anything.
After the hurricane tie installation and the window unloading I started the drain line installation. I did a quick take off of the material and headed out to Lowe’s to purchase what I needed.
Back at the cottage I started the drain line. I am basically working between two fixed points. The underside of the floor framing at the kitchen addition, and the existing tie in under the bathroom. I began by putting in the drop at the kitchen sink.
With the drop in place, I cut aligned and glued an elbow at the tie in.
Working between these two points I laid out and blocked up the pipe to the proper pitch. I was hoping to get 1/4″ per foot slope but I was only able to get the minimum, an 1/8″ per foot.
July 11, 2019 – I picked up the three new windows for our Cot-Taj-Mahal renovation project. They are going home with me tonight and then on to the cottage tomorrow morning. I have them tied down pretty well. Fingers crossed that we make it in one piece.
June 30, 2019 – Woke up to a beautiful morning. Perfect time to continue the plywood roof sheathing and felt paper installation. I will need to hustle to get this all done in one day. If I make it, the blue tarps will be moved to the next roof section.
For the roof sheathing in this section I estimated and purchased twelve (12) sheets of plywood. I already had several rolls of felt paper from a previous project and a big box of 1″ plastic cap nails. I had everything I needed so I didn’t loose any time running out.
The plywood installation went very smoothly. I hoisted the sheets up one at a time. Using my Rigid framing nailer I fastened them down with 8d ring shank nails.
Between the roof rafters I installed plywood H-clips. H-clips provide additional stiffness between the edges of the roof sheathing and make for a stronger roof.
After completing the roof sheathing I immediately started the felt paper installation. I had several rolls of felt paper. Some of them were 15 lb and some were 30 lb. I doubled up the 15 lb layers so, for the most part there is 30 lb felt paper over the entire section. One inch plastic cap nails hold the roof felt down.
I am happy to report that this section of the roof was dry by about 4:00 PM. I made it in one day. Hooray!
Next weekend is the 4th of July. We are expecting to have the Trex decking delivered on the Thursday the 4th. That is the delivery date we got from Lowe’s. We are skeptical but we will see.
June 29, 2019 – Just a short blog today. We had some rain that slowed the construction but I completed two more porch roof rafters. Between the rain drops I also completed some miscellaneous roof framing. We are now ready for roof sheathing and felt paper on the roof over the new kitchen addition and the first section of the porch roof.
Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be beautiful. We will be starting the roof sheathing. If we get the sheathing done we will immediately start the felt paper installation. Looking forward to a dry roof!
June 28, 2019 – Continuing the dry in process I completed the gable end framing and plywood sheathing. This closes in the end wall of the new kitchen space.
With the gable end framing completed, tomorrow I plan on installing two more porch roof rafters on the living room side. This will give me a total run of 16 feet of roof to close in. This makes it a lot easier when estimating and purchasing roof sheathing and felt paper. Once I complete these rafters and a little bit of miscellaneous roof framing we will be ready for roof sheathing.
Once again I got cleaned up and went to Angelo’s Restaurant for dinner. Tonight I had one of their Super Salads with grilled shrimp. The salad was good. They have a awesome house dressing!
June 27, 2019 – When I arrived this morning I was happy to see the dumpster had been emptied and returned. This gave me a place to put the remaining studs and debris from the old living room and kitchen wall demo.
Removing the old living room and kitchen walls completely establishes the new kitchen space. It looks awesome! It is big, and it is just what we need.
To finish out the day I installed some wood blocking above the new kitchen wall. This closes off the outside and keeps the porch ceiling joists aligned.
After I got cleaned up I went out to Angelo’s Restaurant for dinner. It’s a local favorite located on route 103 in Lewistown. I had a Angelo’s Salad with bread sticks and a warm doughnut with Bud Light and A1 Steak Sauce. Yummy!
June 25, 2019 – Today was a strange day. While cutting lumber for the overhang framing at the new kitchen, a newly hatched baby bird fell from the sky and almost hit me on the head. It was quite disgusting. Apparently a Red Tailed Hawk looking for an easy meal stole it from it’s nest. The mother Robin attacked the hawk and it dropped its lunch right on the board I was cutting. Needless to say I was startled! Sorry for the gross image but I had to share.
The dumpster was supposed to be emptied and returned. Somehow that never happened. Once it is emptied we can continue the exterior wall demolition. We need someplace to put all the debris.
Since the roof is open we have birds trying to make new homes inside the cottage. I must have spent the night with several birds because when I woke up they were having breakfast in the new kitchen. They built a half ass nest inside a cardboard box filled with empty water bottles and proceeded to lay an egg. WTF!
Anyway the overhang framing went well. The overhang at the old kitchen was completed earlier so now both side of the gable end overhang are complete. There are still some miscellaneous framing items that must be taken care of but we are getting closer to having a new roof.
Our goal is to have this first section of the roof framed and covered with roofing paper before the 4th of July weekend. It is going to take some work but i think we can make it happen.