Now that new joists and a subfloor have been installed for the second floor, erecting the exterior walls for the master bedroom at the back of the house was the next task. This was obviously a prerequisite for installing the roof deck.
This entire time, most of the house has retained its roof. However, because half of the master bedroom consists of the old sleeping porch (now demolished) and the other half is a new bumpout, this has been completely exposed.
Then, the east wall was built and installed the same way:
Exterior view of the new south elevation:
With the east and south walls installed, rafters start to go in.
View to the east:
And, view to the west. Why no exterior wall? The west wall on every floor is still waiting for resolution of the same property line connundrum that was delaying the pouring of the basement slab (details on this in a future post).
Because we’re not rebuilding our entire roof, we need to maintain the existing slope towards the back, resulting in a challenge in maximizing ceiling height inside, while ensuring that the roof deck slope is per code. Here’s the plaster wall-as-a-chalkboard on the second floor we used to evaluate the plan.
Property line issue resolved! West wall is erected and sheathed:
Ceiling beams are now scabbed onto the new rafters to provide framing for the ceiling. Roof decking begins:
And is complete:
Fully enclosed master bedroom looking to the east:
And west, much to our relief: