Further Preparations

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! I spent the last two weeks teaching summer school and since school is about to start in Jacob’s district he’s been working crazy hours. The result? Progress has been slow, but steady. We are still waiting on our drywall/paint guy to come out so we can finish the fixture installation of our bathroom, so in the meantime we decided to shift our attention. Since the prep work for the inside portion of our house is pretty much ready for the wood stove, Jacob and I decided to focus on the outside preparation needed. This is partially because we need to do it in order to finish roofing the section we’re tackling this summer, but also because the weather has been freaking us out! While we were on our honeymoon, it actually rained! So in order top cover up that gaping hole we cut in the roof and to fix the part where the roof was already having issues (the seam in a valley on our roof), we needed to focus on prepping the roof- and that included taking a chunk out of the beautiful roof we finished last fall (to make room for the chimney).

the section of roof we had to cut out

the section of roof we had to cut out

the hole- with 2x4s for added support

the hole- with 2x4s for added support

a view of the notch and the hole

a view of the notch and the hole

Jacob working on the roof

Jacob working on the roof

After a lot of work, we were finally ready for the install.

a view of the hood being installed

a view of the hood being installed

waterproof membrane and a row of shingles down so we can install the base of the chimney

waterproof membrane and a row of shingles down so we can install the base of the chimney

the chimney almost all put together

the chimney almost all put together

A quick look on what it’s looking like from the inside…

the hood installed

the hood installed

What’s even cooler about this is that in getting the roof ready for the wood stove, we also made it ready for custom metal guys to come out and build a custom piece of metal called a cricket to put on our roof (which they did last week-awesome). Why do we need a cricket? Well, that valley I was talking about earlier needs something that will cause water to shed off the roof rather than hang out in the valley.

the leaky valley soon to be cricket-ed

the leaky valley

the cricket

the cricket

Now that the cricket is in and the base of the chimney installed, we can finish the rest of the roof and get it ready for winter. Yay! Another thing we’ve been doing the past couple of weeks to prep for winter? Clearing out the felled trees on our property and chopping them up for firewood and kindling. We’ve got quite a collection and hopefully enough for the winter!

the kindling

the kindling

the big stuff

the big stuff

our cleared out property

our cleared out property

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One thought on “Further Preparations

  1. The cricket and the chimney install look great! I am glad this part worked out well and that you both took it on; you’ve learned a great deal during this adventure and are doing quality work on your own!!

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