The backhoe starts to dig the cesspool, which must be 10 feet deep below the cap
It's going quick and easy until ... we hit basalt, known in Hawaii as "blue rock"
Now it's a two-man job, trying to break up the blue rock at the bottom of the pit and lift it out
One post up! Looks like a modern-art totem pole.
The next two posts. 12 feet long and heavy.
The wood swelled up in the humidity difference between Oakland and here, so we are planing things down to fit together.
Deb comes down with chickens to check out the site.
Access to bolts.
Two wall panels up.
Interlocking panels and sills.
Adding one more pocket to get at a bolt.
Three posts and four panels!
The lanai floor panels, pressure-treated because they are external.
View of lanai from other side.
Tapping boards into place which connect the lanai to the wall.
Some of the posts and sills yet to go.
Cesspool dug and ready to pour concrete cap
All the tabs ("tenons") swelled up in our humidity and wouldn't fit, so hand-planing the width of each one.
Planing is kinda fun, hard work.
Chisel to cut holes in the sides of posts
Site view, panels waiting, posts being worked on
These slots are for the flooring, so it can tuck into the post.
Our first full wall panel is up, between stairs and entrance
Tricky joint, steel bolts passing through the same point, bending around each other
Trickier joint, three bolts at same point
The first big keta to go up, 16' long and heavy
The humidity also caused the window grooves to shrink as the wood expanded
Groove shrank so small it's barely there
Re-widening a window groove with the skilsaw
The tabs on the sides of the vinyl fixtures were all too large to fit into our wood grooves, so we hand-trimmed them all
Lifting a 16-foot keta into place, step by step carefully with ladders
A point where 4 keta meet, with horizontal and vertical bolts passing around each other, and two T-bolts on left and right
Looking out at the lanai, beams almost done there
1 5/8" boards
Unusual carpentry tool: The Turkey Baster, for removing rainwater from concavities in the wooden beams
Added first-floor ceiling boards, which cover the living room and entrance, which is now shaded.
Walking in the entrance.
In through the front door.
Inside, looking from entrance north to lanai
The living room
Ceiling boards, 2-by thickness, pine i believe
looking back towards entrance and stair unit
6-mil plastic sheeting on the ceiling boards, so that they will be in better condition by the time we get the second floor floor panels
8.5-minute video showing soggy state of house right before roof-building begins
First ceiling boards
First row of ceiling boards across top roof
From above on the driveway
Looking up from next little gulch, the backhoe is doing fence work
Adding ceiling boards to the other side
Metal (Simpson ties) holding up the ridge boards
The ceiling boards go up against the ridge boards
Jay putting the ceiling boards on
North end of the top ridge, where it meets two hips
Looking down one hip
Ceiling boards are now all on
Attaching the "rough kaiyoi" boards, part of the eave
panorama from the top of the roof, really high up, looking west
Roof panels are on, the metal bits hold the parts of the eave together
Alan, Charles and Jay carrying the big roof panels up to the top of the building
Carrying roof panels up
As Charles put it, the expression on my face pretty much says it all about the process of building this house
Good shot of action man Jay
These kinds of photos show that we put all the necessary hardware and connectors in place, though they will be covered before inspection
At the end of every day, scurrying to cover the roof with three huge tarps
The upstairs bedroom, it's really dark because of small windows and long eaves
Another wet construction day
Eave is built, ready for some flashing and then plywood sheeting
Side view of the ridge, showing all the layers
All the hip ridges are held together with bolts
Another view of a hip
Bolts also running through the ridge
Alan working on the eave
WWOOFer Lucas helped make a new trail around the fern-gully side of the house
Where the stovepipe goes up through the living room ceiling
then the chimney pipe goes up through the second-floor bedroom
the chimney through the roof goes through all the layers
putting on the plywood sheathing
laying on the "ice and water shield" - not that we're expecting much ice
starting to add the metal roofing (corrugated galvalume)
chimney and flashing, installed
All the sheet metal is on, just a bit of hip & ridge flashing remain