Building Our First Home
My family called our home by the prentious title “Cedar Hall” because we all enjoyed the stories of “Mr Toad of Toad Hall” in “The Wind in the Willows,” and because, like him, the kids and I enjoyed driving in the town and country in our little red sports car. Of course, the house was, as you will see, constructed of solid timbers, bought as a package from George Justus, owner of “Solid Cedar Homes,” in Tacoma Washington. I modified the original design so that it looked less like a Swiss Chalet and more appropriate for New England.
How Could I Afford to Do This? Was I rich ? Not at all.
Here’s the story, if you’re interested. (NAY)
Dedicatory Poem: burned in the wood mantle above the living room fireplace
And needed helps of friends.
Memento be, a friendship house,
Past days when friendships end.
The Site: At the Guilford Lakes, near New Haven, Connecticut
Pillars and Beam for a porch:
Drains: within basement, east end
Drains: within basement, west end
Drains: within basement, plastic ground water shields
Drains: within basement, spreading concrete over plastic ground water shields
Drains: curtain drains, around the foundation perimeter
Drains: tar and plastic ground water shields for underground basement
Materials: western red cedar, from Solid Cedar Homes, Tacoma Washington
Materials: the load was humped crossing the country
Materials: on the building site, under a week of rain
Walls: “Lincoln Logs” for grown-ups. (Thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright!)
Walls: “first storey in place
Walls: starting the second storey
Walls: with helper, R. O. Despain
Walls: second storey living room balcony
Walls: exterior view of half-complete second storey
Walls: closing a high living room window
Walls: helper Tom Hammond looking down from living room second storey
Walls: Bob, completing the living room roof peak
Walls: placing second storey living room rafters
Walls: the finish course, topping the walls
Rafters: bed-room spanning rafters
Rafters: rafters span second bed-room; helper Bill Bates
The Roof: 2 x 6 tongue & groove cedar in place to close the roof
The Roof: audience for roof closing, August 12, 1969
The Roof: R43 insulation kept snow on the roof through winter
The Roof: a bundle of shakes on the roof
The Roof: block and tackle for lifting shakes to roof
The Roof: removable roof section for access to roof and chimney
Utilities: beyond the reach of water and sewer pipes
Utilities: drilling the well
Exterior Views: more to follow . . .
Inside: more to follow . . .
Inside: Rob, Bob, Miriam, with a Christmas Tree planted years before
Inside: bookshelves on the balcony over the living room
Inside: Rob entering from the second storey porch
Exterior Views: the screened and open porches
Exterior Views: the completed house
Exterior Views: un p’tit coin d’paradise