Week of June 18 - June 23, 2007

The first piece of finishing the house has begun!!! On Saturday, the crew of Alex, Will, Craig Bickle, Megan, Vinnie, Scott Walker, Chuck, and Mr. Beck were on site to start putting the metal garage roof on. The result is wonderful for all of us who have worked on every phase of buiding this great sustainable house.

A metal roof is very sustainable in that it should last up to four times longer than an asphalt shingle roof. Also, when the roof does need replaced, the roof materials can be very easily recycled.

The materials for our roof were donated by Dimensional Metals Incorporated http://www.dmimetals.com/ . The materials are extremely well formed and strong and this metal roof will be one of the major factors that make our house high performing.

Dimensional Metals Incorporated is also located within 15 miles of our house which means using this metal roof is very much more sustainable due to low transporation costs.

Dave Miller was with us and on Tuesday we finished all the framing punch out items on our list for the second floor.

Alex and Will putting up facia.

Vinnie bending the roof panels to form a drip edge.

A beautiful metal roof is starting to take shape.
Scott and Chuck putting up the first panel after the soffit and facia have been installed.

At the end of the day. From the left:
Vinnie, Megan, Scott, and Chuck.

Good look at the quality detail of the straight facia and soffit.

The completed south facing roof. The north side is half done. We expect to have the entire roof on the garage completed this week.

We graded the entire lot including the lot next door to ours. The cistern was also dug but we have a problem. The gravel backfill of our house intesects with the hole. If we use this cistern as is, our rain garden overflow will migrate next to the house foundation. We are working on a fix but is that doesn't work, we will be forced to abandon and fill in the cistern.

This came flying across our building site today as a complete surprise. We still don't quite know what it was.

Jessica Perotti (Home B.A.S.E. '03 and her mother, Victoria visited the house on Sunday to see the site so as to be able to begin to help with the sustainable landscape plan that will be using native Ohio plants.