Well, guess what? It’s finally here! Today was the official first day of our house construction. The builder came with his excavator and dug a big 30×45′ hole in about two hours.

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The next time we see him will be next Monday or Tuesday, when he comes with a crew to set up the forms for the footers. He had wanted to get the footers poured and curing before the 4th of July, but that didn’t work out.

While that excitement was going on, my dad and I worked on the chicken coop some more. In the past few days, we’ve finished sheathing the roof, added fascia and drip edge, tacked down tar paper, laid all the shingles, reinforced a few weak spots, installed a weather vane, reversed a window, built up the nesting box, put in blocking, and had a lot of fun together.

Finishing the roof trusses over the covered porch.

Finishing the roof trusses over the covered porch.

Sheathing is on.

Sheathing is on.

 

Tar paper, fascia, and drip edge added.

Tar paper, fascia, and drip edge added.

The start of the shingles. I finished the covered porch and called it a night.

The start of the shingles. I finished the covered porch and called it a night.

My new rooster weather vane.

My new rooster weather vane.

The roof is finished!

The roof is finished!

Framing up the nesting box.

Framing up the nesting box.

Nesting box just needs two hinged doors and it's done. The window above was reversed so now it opens outward. Note the blocking is done between joists.

Nesting box just needs two hinged doors and it’s done. The window above was reversed so now it opens outward. Note the blocking is done between joists.

We also did another wood run yesterday, our fourth so far with probably another three or four left to do. I was planning on doing another one today, but our trailer decided to poop out on us. It’s in the shop getting rewired so that the brakes actually work. Having no brakes with 5000 pounds of cord wood in the back is not a good thing. I hope to finish hauling all that wood over here next month. In the meantime, I’ll be busy stacking.

That's not even the big pile. There's another further off to the left. Holy moly!

That’s not even the big pile. There’s another further off to the left. Holy moly!

So that’s my latest update on the homestead. Hope y’all are having as much fun as I am in this beautiful weather!

 

 

 

 

 

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