Yes, thanks to Kevin’s hard work to put in the loft floor during the week, we were able to get the templates he built up on the ends of the house. Once on, the supports are custom built under them and the template will be cut up a bit for the window, then remain under the wooden shingles that will cover part of the end of the house.
Keeping in mind, this has been mostly done by people who have never done this before as part of a seminar on how to build a house out of Salvage. Since it has been mostly over the weekend days, it is going well, taking shape with the equivalent of fewer than three people working on it for 40 hours each so far. This will be a knockout. We may be selling a material package that will let others do such too, though not the framing lumber, all the rest.
These are 25′ long rafters that will have blocking carrying the weight to the side walls and make for an incredibly strong roof that provides great interior space too. We still have a couple for the sides, then the soffit. You may notice how the ends are narrower than the middle of the house. Still this is only an 11′ x 23′ house with the lower floor being 11′ x 15′ and the upper floor is bigger.
The ceiling/loft floor was built with Older growth Fir that we put a ship lap edge on it to give the floor more strength and limit the passage of dirt through it. The ceiling will be beaded wood or a tongue and groove to add even more strength to the roof.
The overhangs will not need supports. The corbels will be enough, but we could add support if we want to later.
See how the rafters just slip right in quickly and let us then work under them. This is over 6’3″ tall in the center and will be over 5′ 10″ within 18″ of the wall. Since that will be for storage, desk, or bed, it will not be an issue.
This is going to be bigger and much more spacious than Temple Tantra. The upstairs has nearly 200 sf of great living space. Below will be 160 sf for a grand total of 360 sf but only the bottom should be taxable due to the ceiling heights in the house and the fact that it is not really a legally defined house but a portable building or House Art you can live in affordably, sustainably, and for decades and decades.
The outer skins will have a lot of metal roofing and possibly some ceiling tin that may need some special treatment. Then wood siding at the top third will give it some special other elements as well. Possibly there will be some cover over the windows for decoration and for keeping the rain out so the windows can stay open in a storm and keep cool in the house. Here is a look at how some of the finishing exterior touches may look as they are already shown on Temple Tantra.