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Posted by Gabriela in Readington Twp, NJ on 9/4/2008

This past week has seen progress with some annoying setbacks. First off, our township requires 1,000-lb. straps to be attached to the garage walls and headers for something called "narrow wall construction", although our walls are anything but narrow. Code considers you "narrow wall" if the wall is less that 12 in. for a one-story structure or less than 24 in. for a two-story structure. We are two story and NOT less than 24 in., but that doesn't faze our code-enforcement office in the least. In fact, we had to special order 10 straps and have them shipped overnight, too bad the wrong ones came. We'll be reordering the right ones soon... hopefully.

The rafters delivered for our family room were several feet too short, so more lumber, longer lengths, higher prices. Overrun galore by several thousand - what are we gonna do, say no? We'll have to recoup it elsewhere - which I'm working on already. Lastly, our framer's van broke down on Tuesday, so they had no transportation and we lost a whole day of work. They came yesterday and worked from 8 AM to 7:30 PM, making major progress. The goal is to have a sheathing inspection tomorrow morning so the roof can start going on tomorrow (Friday). Apparently, a hurricane is on its way toward us on Saturday, and we want to have the roof "papered in" if not shingled by then. We'll staple tarps to all the window openings, but the roof covering is key!

Finally, we selected our roof color. We were torn between Weathered Wood and Pewter Grey (Timberline 40-year stuff), and ended up with Pewter Grey. I think it's the most universal color regardless of stone/stucco and fixture colors we end up selecting. Pictures follow:

Photos

Gables taking shape
Living/dining room side
Rear view
Rear corner. OH, NO! Rafters too short!
Future kitchen
Which roof color?
Sheathing starts
Future main bath
Front sheathing done, windows and doors covered!
Side view
Garage/front room and side rafters finally going in...



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