Castle Construction in 2008

2008 was an entire year of sheathing. The roof sheathing was completed, then the tower and lower conventional walls. Logistics were slow with staging, cutting, and placing boards. The large brackets that will support the balcony on the seventh level were cut from tamarack wood and installed. Tamarack is a local softwood, a deciduous conifer that produces weather-resistant timber.

Castle Construction in 2009

When the foundation was built in 2004, the base for the formal entrance was omitted to ensure that the main body was completed before winter. Now it was time to get it in place. It is small but complex, sitting in the crook between the tower and its rectangular sister. It also has buttresses that will house a stone stair, fountain, and second interior stone stair. Time was short this year and the trench for the foundation collapsed three times and then had to be excavated by hand again. Robert Oakes came for the concrete pour. All of the eave and gable brackets were cut from tamarack and installed.

Castle Construction in 2010

The formal entrance was constructed. Its extreme roof pitch nestles in and shortens the contrast between the round tower and the rectangular lower form. The walls we sheathed and the roof deck was made and tied into the lower roofs.

Castle Construction in 2011

In order to shingle the tower cone, I built a two-tiered, temporary balcony around the fifth level. The cantilevered brackets were placed on each post so that there was a bracket outside and an inverted twin on the inside. These would have helped when erecting the cone but the funds were lacking then.

Each asphalt shingle was cut from a standard three-tab row and then the edges were tapered. I shingled until I reached the height for the eyebrow dormer, and built that.

Castle Construction in 2012

The shingles were run almost to the peak this year, then the lower roofs completed. Also done this year was the roof covering the gap where the uppermost balcony interrupts the cone. This area and the joists were covered in metal.

In order to have the window frames interface with the stucco and facilitate future maintenance. I decided to make a double window frame system, both of cedar. The first frame, all of native cedar, would be installed permanently. The second would house the casement sashes and plug-in from inside the building. This way any repair could be done without disturbing the stucco, and more safely from within.

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