Winter is creeping up on us. There has been a few cold snaps of late, brr! And it does rain so ... oh yes, it does bucket down!
Katie has been busy with her own projects - she's too busy to blog however, so I'm filling in the tid-bits. She's currently doing a course in taking sheep fleece fresh of the sheep's back, and spinning it into wool thread. This involves washing the fleece first, then carding it using a roller carder, spinning, plying, then dying it, and finally knitting it into something useful ... cool eh!
She's also doing a plant propagation course which is a great skill to add to our household because of all the tree planting that we will have to be doing in the near future. These activities and being a home schooling mum and running the farm food box system gives her plenty to be busy about :)
The next stage of our house is upon us; the frames. We got the delivery the other week, and they were up in a day! ... yes, 1 day. But this is only the first stage of the frames. Second stage involves building the mid level floor, then the next lot of top level frames arrive, then the rafters and purlins go up after that.
|The familiar crane and truck arrives yet again at our site :)|
|The chains go on ...|
|They may float with a crane, but make no doubt that those things are heavy!|
|This was a bit of a hairy moment because the crane had to lift the frames over our shed!|
|But of course, it wasn't a problem with a skilled operator.|
|We had a couple of extra hands to assist. Despite the 6 of us there, those 6in (140mm) thick framing were certainly a challenge.|
|One of the gable ends are positioned.|
Once the lower frames were up, the lower internal beams were added and then upper floor joists were installed.
|Joist hangers are used on one of the internal beams to attach the joist for the upper storey floor.|
|Kenny considers his options ...|
|The top floor frames get delivered early the next day ... you can even see the moon is still up in the sky.|
|Here you can see the progress on the top floor, with the gable ends now visible. The full height of the main gable peak is 6m from the slab level.|
|The boys certainly make a good team.|
|North east corner of the house.|
|There's that beautiful Motueka sun again :)|
|North west corner.|
There has been two other builds happening in our village concurrently. It is quite exciting to see things progress on all 3 sites, from nothing but bare land to houses ...
|Our neighbour's house across the road ...|
|Another house at the lower down the driveway. This house has been the quickest build due to its relative simplicity and and also because it is a kit house.|
That's all for this blog post, stay tuned for future updates.