Pictures from the project
Garage apartment plan
Getting the ridge beam in place was a two person job.
July brought a lot of rain, so we tented the place with 6 mil poly to protect the structure and the windows stored downstairs.
Riding out the first storm was just like camping in the rain. It was amazing how dry everything stayed. Now there are too many tears in the plastic and protrusions in the structure to get this good of a cover, but here you can see it at its best.
The first such protrusion was the beginning of a dormer. We built it once and then realized the window wasn't high enough, so we had to take it down and rebuild it. This picture shows the second pass. In the last picture on this page you can see why it needed to be so high. Just another math error on my part... :)
It's just like a jungle gym. The notches in these front rafters are let-ins for 2x4's that allow an overhang (you can see how this works in the next picture).
These fancy angles are a pain in the butt even if you know Trig. Got these suckers in right before the miter saw walked...
Richard cut the window opening out of the sheathing and then finished nailing it.
You can see why the dormer window needed to be so high. Also check out the rafters on the far left, on the overhang. Getting those in place was no small feat. But then I've never been accused of small feet...
Richard gets into position to nail down sheathing.
Finally, this is how it looks now. Still a lot more roof sheathing to be done than you'd know from this picture, but it's starting to take shape anyway.