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Australia to Texas — Framing the Exterior of the Barndominium

| 1/14/2013 11:17:32 PM

In the previous edition of the blog, the barndominium shell was built out in 9 days. Part of the design was to leave the steel off the outside walls on the portion where the house is going to be — except for the steel above the large patio that wraps around the north and west side of the house. Also, part of the plan was for us, on this trip to Texas to be able to "button up" the Barndominium so that we would be able to lock all our tools, our large travel trailer (in which we live while we're in Texas until the barndominium is finished) and our farm truck.  That way, most of our Texas possessions are well locked away and protected by security systems and our family's large dogs from next door who seem to patrol the property both when we're there and (according to our family) almost especially while we're gone as if they know it is their job to take care of our property.

As I write this we've been here in Texas for a week now and are making substantial progress on the Barndominium. The first day here was spent setting up the shop in the garage portion.

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 Notice the open walls.  That's where we'll be building out the walls starting tomorrow.

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Going from having the sticks up to getting everything absolutely secured from the slab to the steel beam above the studs took another day or two and then we put up the sheathing and weather coating.

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So now it's starting to look like a real house. The windows and doors are in. The final weather protecting paper isn't installed at the top of the sheathing, but the following day, it will be ready for the final covering — the Hardi Plank (lap siding). Here is a picture just prior to Hardi Plank.

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 Finally, on the 4th of July, we worked about half a day starting the Hardi Plank.

A huge thanks to Joel (second son) who spent the better part of the week with us. Without him, we would never have gotten this far nor would we have created something as sturdy and attractive as we have. Thanks Joel!

The next couple of days, we'll be completing the Hardi Plank. There's caulking to do and then painting the exterior to match the building. The colors now (a brown and an unattractive yellowish color) are only the natural primers on the Hardi Trim and the Hardi Planks.

It's been a very vigorous week and a day. The last two days  have been pretty easy — fairly much a half day on Sunday and the 4th, but it's back to full days tomorrow and Wednesday.

Since I wrote the previous entries, we've had a number of days of incredibly hot weather. The exterior almost finished. All the Hardi Plank is installed and some caulked.  This picture shows Julie and me doing some of the HardiPlank installation. It actually goes very well with the fixture that goes with the planks. If the bottom and second course are installed very level and properly, you can then use the fixture (as seen in this picture) to install the subsequent courses. As a result, the planks are installed in a very level fashion and fit beautifully.

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