Friday, July 25, 2008

July 21-25 Roof Construction Continues

Work continued on the construction of the roof on the cocina and main house as seen in Photo #1.

Roof work on the cocina included the installation of the redwood sheeting which was placed on the rafters as seen in Photo #2. Photo #3 shows the interior of the cocina with Chris Barraza (DCU foreman) appreciating a job well done!

The roof on the cocina will essentially consists of two roof coverings which will create an accurate historical representation of the roof from interior and from the exterior. From the interior of the cocina, one will see exposed cedar shingles which were originally visible from inside the room of the cocina. These will be topped by painted black plywood sheathing and then barn shingles will be installed on the exterior of the cocina roof.

The rafters continue to be installed on the main house as seen in Photo #4. Photo #5 shows the interior walls with rafters in place.

The roof over the balcony on the east side of the building will also be reconstructed. Due to various renovations to the exterior, the pitch of the original balcony has been altered and is too low (Chris Barraza expertly demonstrates the low pitch of the balcony in Photo #5).

The balcony roof will be raised in conjunction with the new roof on the main house. -JK

Monday, July 21, 2008

July 14-18 Roof Construction

Construction on the roof of the house has begun. New wood rafters are being installed on the roof framing. Most of the original wood rafters will stay in place but the new rafters will be added which work in conjunction with the new steel rods and metal plates in the adobe walls. In Photos #1 and #2, Bruce Ihle (of Direct Construction Unit, DCU) installs a new wood rafter.

Photo #3 shows the DCU crew on the roof working with the new and old wood framing:

Photo #4, new wood framing in place:

On the second floor, only the minimum amount of the ceiling has been removed in order to protect the interior portions of the building. As you can see in Photos #5 & 6, only a few feet of the interior ceiling have been removed and exposed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Roof Construction-July 7-11

The roof for the cocina is in the midst of construction. As you can see from the photos below the rafters are being installed-- 20 3 x 6 16ft redwood rafters. Photo #3 shows the rafters and how they are connected to the brackets which are welded to the steel plate. The steel plate is anchored to the stainless steel rods in the adobe walls.

Next week construction of the main roof will begin. All the old sheathing and roofing will be torn off by the end of the week and installation of the new rafters will begin. Check back for progress on the roof next week!-JK