Things have been feeling very #thestruggleisreal around this place recently. The good news is we passed our last inspection without incident. The less good news is we have been having to deal with problems that feel quite frustrating at the time but, to be honest, probably aren’t the biggest issues we will have with this project. All these issues add up to very little forward progress.
If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen that we received a pretty big delivery of roofing materials. As we have mentioned before, we’re going with a standing seam metal roof. The panels come in pre-cut lengths to fit the roof. In our case, that includes four panels that are almost 36 feet long. That means, we ended up with a delivery that looked like this.
We were hoping that they would be able to bring the crates all the way to the back of the driveway in front of the garage door. Obviously, that didn’t work out, which meant we needed to find a way to move it so that we could actually use the driveway.
It took a couple of hare-brained schemes before we ended up building a set of casters for the whole crate to sit on and pushing it up the driveway. (Do you like how I have implied that this was not hare-brained?) Here you can see our solution in action.
Thankfully, we made it work and ended up with a storage solution we can live with. “Storage solution?” you may be asking. “Why do you need to store the roof? Why not just install it?” Well, that brings us to another bump in the road. Before the roof can go on, we need to install our soffits. We have decided to go with Cyprus tongue and groove which will attach directly to the underside of the roof deck. Because metal roofs get attached with screws that will fully penetrate that deck, the soffits need to be in place first.
No problem, right? Just install the soffits. Well, before they can be installed, they needed to be stained. All 1300 linear feet of them. It took about 10 hours, but they are done. Yeah! (We will just pretend we don’t have to order and stain more for the ceilings on the front and back porches. Shhhh.)
OK, great. Soffits are stained. Time to install, right? Wrong! We figured we would make our lives a lot easier by painting the rafter tails and fascia board before installing the soffits. Of course, before you can paint, you have to prime. Before you can prime, you have to caulk the nail holes and the seams. Before you can caulk, you have to make sure there are no nails that need to be removed. You get the idea. At this point, we think (hope) the caulk and primer are done and we can move on to painting.
So even though the struggle is real these days, we will keep chipping away and hopefully end up with a house…..someday.