The walls are up and spirits are high! Friday was a special day as we raised our final wall. It is finally beginning to look like a home. The day was spent working on the last of the exterior walls. Due to some unforeseen leveling inconsistencies on the concrete slab we were required to place an additional thin-sloping sill plate on top of the pressure treated sill plate to create a level surface for the wall. Luckily, in the end, that wall was pretty simple to raise into its final resting place. The south and north wall however, required all hands on deck because of their length and size to prevent them from bowing and breaking. On the south wall we had to straighten out a few of the J-bolts that were slightly bent in order for the sill plate to fit directly over them. Thankfully the wall fit nicely inside of the east and west walls and created a nice tight fit. Now it came time to fit the north wall, which went up well with everyone there to transport and maneuver it around the site and into place. In the end, all of the walls matched up nicely! We were even able to start putting up some exterior OSB sheathing. We were rewarded on site with a wonderful lunch prepared by our clients. This meal consisted of a delicious helping of spaghetti, salad, and corn on the cob – and of course Matt’s favorite, Dr. Pepper!
Over this past weekend many of the Bluffers enjoyed the local surroundings through various activities such as fly fishing, hiking, and camping! Matt spent his Saturday fly fishing on the San Juan River about 2 1/2 hours south-east of Bluff. Jason, Adam, Fausto, and Drew traveled to Capital Reef National Park. There they camped the night and then hiked the next day. They saw some petroglyphs and were greeted by some Bighorn Sheep. Even though it was raining they stuck it out and got home safely on Sunday! Another group went for a lovely evening hike in the Butler Wash area just a few miles west of Bluff. The group was overtaken by unexpected views from the top and of course more petroglyphs! Although the weekend was rainy and snowy, it didn’t stop the students from getting outside and taking advantage of the beautiful surrounding landscape.
In the end, this first week back from our break has felt like a monumental one. There has been a great visible change in our site as it went from just a concrete slab on Monday to a fully framed exterior shell on Friday. It has been fun to see the daily change with our project as well as the excitement our clients have as each new day brings more progress to the house and becomes one day closer to completion.
Kohei Takegawa, Matt Myers, Katja Lund