Yesterday we had 10 38ft 5×5 box beams delivered to the local building supply because the truck would not fit down out driveway. They used their forklift to load two beams at a time onto my truck rack and we brought them home. My handy bridge crane was used to unload. These beams run the length of the house and will support the roof trusses.
This morning we mixed up a mess of concrete and poured the footers for the south wall of the house. The ground is steeper than it looks so we dumped the concrete onto a metal slide. As you can see we trimmed the jojoba bush just enough to get the footer in.
It has been awhile since our last post. Other than a 17 day rafting trip thru the Grand Canyon we have been hard at work. Now that the shop is mostly done I have been spending some time on client blacksmithing projects when I’m not working on the house.
We know a couple that are building a container home about 10 miles away. They gave us 4 doors (in the truck bed) and a bunch of cut-outs (on the ground to tight of truck) that we can use in our project. Yay! Less steel for us to buy.
The shop is mostly done (except the north wall and doors). My power hammer is up and running after a year of silence. Only had to replace one dried out o-ring and it was running smooth. The garage will be the same design – just a few feet shorter. The posts and side rails are up. Next will come the 9 roof trusses. The red blob at the top of the scaffold is a new 1 ton electric winch I got to make it easier to lift the heavy loads.