|First wall done.|
Insulation is horrible, especially in the summer. You really need to wear long sleeves, gloves, a dust mask and glasses so it is hot and still ends up being itchy. Despite the mask, which in all fairness I didn't use the first day, I still filled my lungs with fiberglass dust, which is a sweet irritant. They haven't been right since. Either that or the harsh engine degreaser I used to clean the used refrigerator I got.
With the electrical and insulation completed the next step was to finish the interior walls off. I'd toyed with a number of different options and had planned to go with a 7/16" textured exterior siding that came in 4x8' sheets. After really thinking it out and doing the math, I decided that for literally a few cents more per square foot I could do 10" wide tongue and groove pine boards. If I ran them horizontally, across the studs the spacing of the framing, which wasn't all exactly 16" on center in spots, would be a moot point. It would also resemble the interior of a log cabin, which is a neat and appropriate look. Also, the pine could be purchased in single, nearly perfect lengths to avoid splicing in many sections.
|Done with the T&G.|
Jumping back in last week I came prepared with my finish nailer, ready to tacking the longer 14' sides. The tool proved invaluable and the pine literally flew onto the walls, despite having to deal with some irregularities. With natural wood product you often, or rather almost always, have some warping. This depends on the quality of course. I got my material from Western Maine Supply in Bethel, the local lumber yard. Their quality is excellent and they source primarily from local Maine mills. Compare their stuff to what you get at Home Depot and the difference is literally amazing. Of course, anyone can build nice stuff with good wood but I'll take it any day over the junk you get at the big box stores.
|The vaulted entry section.|
|And there was light.|
Last step was the vaulted end. This involved lots of angled cuts for the gable ends and then lots of short pieces for the inside of the rafters. It also meant lots of trips up the ladder, juggling boards and nailgun along with hammer and set block to get everything in place. Still, it went pretty well and I made good time.
|Detail of the lighting.|
So now I only have a few aspects of the project left. Next up is flooring, which will be cheap floating faux-wood laminate. I've had really good luck with the stuff in the past so am going to use it again. Then comes the trim, door casing first, then baseboard, then corners and window casings. Throw on some sealer and then I just need to decorate and fill it with junk.