The Scrap House

Brace Yourselves! And shelves! | May 6, 2009

Alright.  We had progress today. Lovely thing, ain’t it? Havard with his mad framing skills, me with my mediocre framing and cabinetry skills, and Hyatt with his sucky electrical skills. Charlie’s passing skills are spot on, though.

We got the rest of the rafters nailed up. And braced. It feels sturdy. That’s a good thing. Not like Star Jones’ self confidence.


That support for the ridge board is of course temporary. But we figured we might as well keep it until we need to put the window in. it gets windy here.

We also put up the last wall today, between the kitchen and the living room. It gave the loft some more bracing, so it feels good now. That corner has SIX vertical studs next to each other. Methinks that junction is going to be fine.


That thing in the fore-front to the right is the base of the final wall where the door will latch. You can also see the base of the cabinets starting to form. That table you see is just a table. I notched all of the junctions in the cabinet base per Hyatt’s request. No philistine butt joints here.


The loft is… well, it’s just great. Try to read that last line in as Dr. Cox of a voice as you can. Newbie. We found another window, so that window you see(Whose handle is on the table in the previous pic)  is going to go in the front gable end.

This window will be in the back gable end for the loft:


And here is a lovely artsy shot from the back wall, showing the loft and the roof structure. The loft is awesome… really tall and spacious. Should be a nice place to sleep. With a window in each gable end, you’ll be able to get some great ventilation and cross breezes too.  Not sure what we’re going to do for the ceiling, as I don’t think my canvas drop cloth idea would work there. So… anyone have any ideas for the ceiling?


You can also see the frame for the gable end window there. Below that slightly offset to the right is the door. Tomorrow we’ll try and start ply-wooding the roof. In closing, bye. -Ted



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  1. Your blog is my new favorite form of entertainment. I love it! Thank-you for the updates!

    Comment by Em — May 6, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    • Thanks sis. I got to use four frilly tooth picks today. I’m totally for ’em! -Ted

      Comment by austinminiman — May 6, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  2. Did you enjoy the doughnuts?

    Comment by hyatt's dad — May 7, 2009 @ 2:59 am

  3. This is very interesting. It took me a little while to figure out what you meant about the kitchen door and I have to say that’s pretty clever. Great job!

    Comment by Karin — May 7, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  4. What an great idea. With a little creativity, build a house with trash. You are the man Ted. Hope to see you and the family this summer. Congrats on Graduating; of course that was always a given. Regards,


    Comment by Stan neely — May 7, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

  5. I love your site, it has taken the place of checking the news in the morning. You guys are awesome!

    Comment by Elizabeth Goertz — May 7, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.







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