Thought I’d show off my main project. The forms for the foundation are 2×12’s that I built the roof out of. The logs I cut up in the mountains and split with a chainsaw. The cross timbers are from a local mill.
I used a hybred truss rafter system so I could built them in place and not have to rent a crain. The exposed ends are rounded and routed. What I didn’t know was 2X12 come from 11 1/4 to 11 3/4 wide!! Dimentional lumber my a#$%#@$%!! This is some thing I fought top and bottom.
The framing, foundation, straw infill, earthen plaster all went great. I found the plumbing and electrical to be challenging. What really humbled me was the tongue and groove pine. I got a really great price for some really cheap 9/16 thick warped pine. Half the time I’d split the pine because the machining was so bad. Then every thing needed shimed to account for the difference in the 2×12’s.
If I had it to do over again I’d pour a slab for the floor. I was going to do an adobe floor, but didn’t have much luck with my test floor so I made “stones”. Unfortunatly I used a cheap plastic form that was warped. (but I got a good deal on it!) The acid etch came out really nice and I wish I had just done that on a slab.
It is alot of work to build a house without hiring people. I’m about 80% done and ready to be finished but it is sure feeling like home.