Week 9 – Where there’s a floor, there could be more!

WEEK 9 – FINALLY!!! It’s amazing what finally gets done when you have a week of weather that cooperates for a change. It’s possible that last week was the first week that we didn’t lose a day to rain and bad weather, and suddenly, things started moving right along. Also, last week was the end of the school year, meaning I could take over the Airbnb management during the day, and Josh wouldn’t have to travel back to Rochester at lunchtime, thus losing 2-3 hours of build time in the middle of the day!

The floor joists have been sitting on the lot under tarps for almost two weeks now, so it was both exciting and a relief to see some of them move into position. Since watching Josh walk back and forth on the joists like balance beams stresses me out, I was more than happy to help start laying the subfloor this week.

Fun fact: Subfloor goes in very quickly if you nail it down because you can just move along with a nail gun and fire the nails in ever 6-12 inches as required by building code. Our subfloor is not going in as quickly because Josh has decided to screw the subfloor to the joists instead of using nails. Why? Because nails are the reason that most floors squeak as the nails rub on the wood as you walk over the top. So my husband the craftsman is going to try and avoid squeaky floors by avoiding the nails!


The roof trusses also arrived this week, though with our numerous rain delays, we’re still a few weeks out from being ready to lift them into position. As to how that process is goin to go…stay tuned. They’re huge, and heavy, and there isn’t going to be any carrying them by man power alone.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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