The storage building was designed identical to the future house, at one-half size, to be used until the house was one-half completed. At that time, we would disassemble the building and use the materials to finish the house.
The campsite tarp was erected directly above the storage building site, to protect from foul weather as long as possible. I highly recommend this strategy, when feasible. Unexpected weather patterns can cause lots of damage to a partially constructed building. Since I planned to be the entire crew, protection for the site was invaluable. Progress was expected to be slow.
The first reference purchased was Housebuilding - a do-it-yourself guide by R.J. De Cristoforo. This book became my "bible." A prime example of this guide’s value is the following story. I had never attempted to build a staircase. I followed the book’s instructions to the letter. The end result came out perfect, right on the money. My friend in the remodeling business, which I spoke of previously, could not believe that I had cut my own stair stringers. He admitted the fact that most professionals buy their stringers precut. It tickled me that my friend was highly impressed by my skills. I did, however, reveal to him where the knowledge came from! I highly recommend this invaluable resource.
My friend also cringed when he saw that I had pre-cut the rafters, before installation. He asked me what I would do if they didn’t fit. I replied that I would trim them to fit. Using directions from the “bible," all rafters fit perfectly! This was extremely important because at this stage, before installing the rafters, I would have to remove the tarp covering the site. Timing would be very important.
We now have in hand a clear plan of what we want to do, the tools ready to do it with, and the enthusiasm to get it done. While the stars were aligned in our favor, I decided to take time off from work to erect the storage building. To prevent theft and vandalism, I chose to pitch a tent in the driveway and live on site during this time. I have always enjoyed camping. The original campsite tent had to be dismantled because the building foundation would occupy that space.
I have a new residence, and the real work is just now ready to begin. It seems that at every turn, the hard part is about to commence. This continues for the duration of the project. Will it ever be finished? No, unless I get to work immediately! Please remember to recycle any and everything, when possible.
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