Truss fix

We met with the engineer, our framer and our builders……..

First off the engineer said everything looks great……no fear of the wall falling in. Big happy face!!! 😄. The wood is “creeping” as wood does……there was a lot of talk about the size of the beams and the point where the wood was taking all the weight…..honestly when he said there was no fear of the wall falling over I just got into the aesthetic part and left the technical why to my husband. Bottom line “it’s fixable”, and not crazy expensive to fix.

Our trusses are king post trusses….we are going to use rods to make them a scissor type truss. Had we gone with scissor trusses to begin with (due to the smaller beams). We wouldn’t have had the problem. (Or that’s what we were told).

This was nobody’s fault but our own….we should have measured the wood when we received it. Lesson learned. 😁

We talked to an engineer in Washington and sent him photos and he was in agreement with our engineer. (We wanted another opinion). His idea was exactly the same…..without knowing what our guy was coming up with. So that made us feel better.

So this is what our engineer sent us yesterday…..there will actually be four rods on each beam.

Like this with four rods. except with our truss (I found this photo on Pinterest)

The rods with the wood is very European…..there are no places in the US that build these rod systems (that we could find). They are all in the UK and one company in Canada (again that we could find) So now we have to figure out if we will have them fabricated here or order them. (It’s looking like 5-6 weeks to order them). That is a long time…. :(. Hopefully we don’t have to wait that long. Fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading!



Paint on door trim.

Way up high is the “just for looks barn doors”. We found a color for the trim…’s called “fog” again by Pittsburg paints. It goes with the roof and the rock. I think it’s just subtle enough.




This morning as I passed the house on the way home from school, this is what I saw, I had to drive in and take a picture……this roofer looked like a bird perched way up on the peak of the roof. Brave guys!!!!


The painters got the black trim around the front porch door and window done….. to be honest I am not 100% sure I love it. It’s pretty bold…..but I think with the pillars being 2 ft by 2ft rock… will fit. We will wait and see. I think it gives a modern vibe? Maybe???? But I figure it’s just paint……easy fix if we need to. For now I am going to go with it. It is growing on me. What do you think???

Happy happy Tuesday, H

Barn door

Well the front is all sided. And the barn door put up. It’s just an architectural detail. (Non-opening). My hubs tried to talk me out of them. He thought it would look cleaner. I left the cupola out but I wanted to see what the doors looked like. If we didn’t like them we could easily remove them.

And I really love them. And so does Hubs 😉. I think it really gives it more of that barn/farmhouse look. I am thinking I will paint the doors a varying shade of white. Just so they stand out a bit?? Nothing drastic. Any thoughts? Not totally sure yet.

The front is fully sided. Just waiting on paint! (But roofing goes up first).
The rock layers are almost done bricking the fireplace. The rock was delivered today. So they will start to rock tomorrow, maybe……hopefully?

Thanks for reading. Happy Monday

Decking the roof

We have been waiting for this….the decking of the roof. A crew came in and decked everything but the front, in one day. It was pretty amazing to watch them work.


The deckers just have no fear. (Or so it seems).

Then the roofers came and put the ice and water shield on the back of the house. They worked in the wind. We ran around cleaning up all the blowing plastic from the underside of the material. I think the roofers thought we were a bit crazy….but we didn’t want all that trash in the fields and they were pretty busy up on the roof fighting the wind, and didn’t have an extra guy to pick it all up. Of course they would have cleaned it up before they left.

Today they finished decking the front of the house, they were finished before lunch. The man in the photo was walking the ridge. Not slowly either 😳.

Ahhhhh and all finished. Tomorrow the roofers will be back to ice and water shield. Now we can be excited for the rain. Instead of worrying.

Monday the windows and doors are supposed to be shipped!!!! Pretty excited to see those go in.

A pretty productive week 🙂


The front porch/entry

A very busy couple days, a second crew of framers came, with the two crews they got all the roof ready to deck.

Decking starts tomorrow.

The framers made the last truss for the entry porch. I think the porch roof really changes the look of the house.


If you notice there is no cupola :(. My husband was never a big fan…..I was, but I think it really will look good either way. It was not going to have real windows in it… it was just aesthetic. I didn’t feel it was worth fighting for. (We could always add one later? Right??).

Don’t they say somewhere that you have to choose you battles? 🙂



The framers got three of the trusses up today. We were not sure how they were going to look when they were up. We could not be happier.

It was such an exciting day.




I think this is my favorite shot today.


We went over tonight after the framers (Artists with old beams, I will call them) were gone.

My husband and I looked up into these beautiful old beam trusses and he said “I can’t believe this is our home”. Which was exactly what I was thinking.
We don’t want a show home….we want a home to raise our wild little brood. We wanted character and warmth. These old beams, they have so much character and warmth……they are amazing.

We are a little in awe.