The Scrap House

Former or ladder? | May 20, 2009

Got any Moet et Chandon Champagne? That has nothing to do with the house, I’ve just had the song “Killer Queen” stuck in my head for like three days now.

So.. a la casa. We continued working on the roof. Boring that is. But it’s nice to finally experience what the space is going to feel like once it’s done. The loft is great. If you’re building a small house, I can’t emphasize enough how nice it is to have a steep roof. Five can comfortably converse in the loft. It’s chill. I like it. It became more living space than you’d imagine. I could actually imagine 8 or 10 people hanging out  in this house without anyone feeling cramped. When we have to move it, the power lines and traffic lights probably won’t like the steep roof nearly as much, but I digress.

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There’s looking forward.

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Recessing the loft 6 inches below the top plate worked really well. We all kind of randomly stopped working and had a philosophical discussion up there after we’d put the last piece of plywood on. That’s how powerful that loft is.  That opening in the back is a regular window, just oriented sideways.

Hyatt did cedar shakes. Noticing a pattern? He’s good at that… so we let ’em do it. He got the top done, then we ran out, but then Mr. Tokazowski brought us some he had left over from a shed. Thanks for that! He also had given us some tar paper earlier, so thanks for that too.

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Then we got bored and decided we needed a ladder. Without rafters to hang from, getting up into the loft got more difficult. So we ripped a 2×4 in half, routed, and then routed some rungs from 2×2’s. I think we’re going to drill out pegs for assembly. Didn’t get further than the routing, length, and angle. Final assembly tomorrow hopefully. The angle involved trigonometry…probably too much in fact.

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Pine can clean up well.

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We also found a door at the dump. We already had a door, a perfect one. But I’m not in a position to turn stuff down… so here it is. I might make it into the counter top. It’s hollow core, so not sure… It has hinges at the very least.

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Speaking of, and in my continueing “never know what you’re going to find” series, it’s not only building supplies the dump has to offer! I found this really nice bike. All the gears work, and it’s aluminum so it won’t rust. The brakes are spotty, but hey, there aren’t any hills around here anyway. Charlie claimed ownership… it’s green, so it matched the jacket. But it’s a perfectly lovely bike. To quote Jay Leno’s mother… “The waaaaaste… oh, the waaaste.”

Maybe a little preachy. Sorry bout that. I’m back.

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And besides, that’s just a cool photo. The Charlie is moving, but the bike is not? Well, you know what they say, no matter how far you push the envelope, it is still stationary.

Once begun, now done. Bye. -Ted

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  1. Great ideas… Especially the bike 🙂 Just a thought, if the door has hinges, could it be a folding away type worktop? Perhaps on a leaf leg? This may not work for you but I thought I’d mention it…

    Comment by Andy in Germany — May 21, 2009 @ 11:57 am


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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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