After nearly an entire summer of tinkering with the portico in my garage, I was so anxious to get this bad boy up North and up on the side of our cabin. I had pre-cut and painted all our pieces, and in my mind I had meticulously planned through every step of the install, so I figured that this step would be a breeze. When will I finally get it that DIY always throws you some curve balls, and it's never as quick and easy as it seems?
So this post is a little longer than I intended. I started with this little collection of ladders.
And it took a nudge from my Father to organize them in this far more efficient fashion. He's always telling me, "Work smarter, not harder."
The next step was to set the rafters up on the house exactly where we'd like them to go, get them level and centered, and then trace the outline on the side of the house. We used the very obvious horizontal line above our door as the base of our portico for clean lines and symmetry.
I needed to cut away the siding so that the rafters could attach directly to the framing of the house. It was pretty challenging standing on our make-shift scaffolding and plunge cutting into the side of the house with the circular saw, but I was pretty impressed with my final result ifIdosaysomyself.
I was working by myself at this point while the Hubs kept an eye on the kiddos and my Dad ran into the store, so it was a pretty tedious half an hour of cutting, lifting up the heavy rafters to see if it fit, cutting a little more, lifting the rafters, etc...
But eventually I had the perfect fit, so I installed flashing behind the siding, which should keep the rain and snow melt off the wood studs and onto the shingles to run off the roof.
Dad was back at this point so I could step back and take a photo.
If you recall, I notched away the rafters to fit our support brackets.
Next up I attached my roof boards.
And then my pre-cut trim boards.
|Obviously I always wear construction appropriate shoes.|
But that was about as far as we were going to get on day one. The sky started to get dark and the rain was coming, so we attached the tar paper to the roof to protect it from the rain, and packed up the tools for the day. Sad trombone.
But it was already a big improvement.
I couldn't be completely deterred, so I went up into the attic and threaded through the electrical wire for the light. I had planned on adding this light from the beginning, so back when we opened up this wall to install the door I installed an extra switch and sent the wire up through the wall into the attic where I had the end tapped off and ready to go.
The next day I got to work installing the bead board ceilings, while my brother and dad got to work on the shingles. But once again Mother Nature was out to foil our plans, and we went from sunny summer day to blowing storm in about 10 minutes.
The guys hustled to finish the shingles, racing the rain.
And literally two seconds after we got the last tool in the house and the last man off the ladder, the sky opened up.
Luckily, on the morning of day 3 the skies were clear and blue. I got to work on puttying the holes and painting one last fresh coat of white trim paint. Then I stepped back to marvel at my accomplishment.
|Spoiler alert- we started on the railings for the deck, but I'll show you all of that detail in another post.|
Now when you walk up to the cabin you see this welcoming view.
Don't you love those chunky wood brackets?
The lag bolts completely disappeared behind a couple of applications of wood putty and paint.
I love the detail of how the edges of the brackets stick out a couple of inches.
Here's the view back from the other side of the deck.
My light was still on special order, but I can't wait to get that in as a focal point in the center.
It was quite the adventure building and installing this roof, but I'd like to think that it looks like it's been here all along.
Miss A Post? Here's our portico building adventure!
Step 1- Build the Portico Frame
Step 2- Trim the Portico
Step 3- Install the Portico
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