The challenge, all along, has been to design and build something that fits my situation. As I go, I'm trying to use up many of the left over building materials that I've been accumulating over the years.
It's been a good exercise, allowing me a chance to reacquaint myself with the carpentry skills I picked up a long time ago.
|I scavenged a large packing crate, ripped the boards in half, then primed them. The strips will serve as "skip sheathing", providing a nailing surface to attach the cedar shingles to.|
|I made 12 window and door frames from scrap wood.|
|Painted them with paint donated by H2.|
|A mock up of how the window frame will fit in the wall. Flashing on top, cedar shingles butting up to the frame.|
|The skip sheathing and window/door frames installed. It's ready to shingle.|
|There will be a 5" exposure of each shingle. The fasteners will be hidden by each succeeding course of shingles.|
|A few people have planted in the nearby community garden.|
|I store a lot of brown material, mostly leaves collected last fall, in one of my compost bins. I apply "compost activator", and the temp soars to 140° F.|