Butterfly pavilion

In front of the butterfly pavilion
In front of the butterfly pavilion

Harold and Fran came out to visit over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, none of the 300 days of sunshine per year in Denver occurred while they were here. We managed to enjoy outside a bit, but also found some indoor fun. On Saturday we went to thebutterfly pavilion, which is not too far from our house. They had several exhibits on insects, arachnids, and starfish, and a ton ofbutterflies. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, including Spencer.

I carried him in thebaby bjorn, and after about 20 minutes, realized that hewas ready to start facing forward, sincehe kept turning his head ti each side to see what was going on. Now he almost always faces forward, and is happy as a clam, as long as I don’t stop moving, and there is something exciting to look at.
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Summer Progress

Digging the trenches

Kristen works on a trench between posts
Clare inspects a trench

The trenches go below frostline for central Indiana
Walls and Rafters

Dave Lifts a Rafter
Second floor

The rafters on the second floor are finished

Building Beginnings

Clare and Ellen and a beam

Setting up a beam

The beams were lifted onto a pipe clamp and bolted to the posts. It appears in this photo as if I lifted the beam into place with Clare’s help. But after we set them up, Dave was the one to lift the beams. He climbed that rickety wooden ladder with a 2X12 on his shoulder and lifted it into place! This kind of construction was perfect for home builders who were not experienced. The bolt holes were drilled with a hand auger and a long drill bit, one of the more expensive tools purchased for the construction. The bit was 18″ long and cost about $30. It was 1/2″ size and the bolts were about that thick. Each beam was held by 2 bolts.

Posts for Addition

After the posts were set up and braced together with beams

Clare and Drew are in this photo of the completed first step in building the addition. The posts were squared through use of the storey poles and strings. The far right set of posts is the outside wall that does not bear the floor so is bolted together with a 2X6. This is the wall by the staircase to the second floor. The section on the far left is only a 6 foot span instead of 8. Perhaps that was to save money on materials? It seems like an odd design decision in retrospect but it actually made the third addition easier to attach. The third addition was built after the third child was born and was the final child and last addition to the house. It attached behind the 6 foot wall and along the entire east side of the back and it was built into the hillside so that the back and side walls are concrete block and the front is framed. It extends another 8 feet from the edge of this addition for a 16 foot wide bedroom downstairs with a larger bedroom and bath upstairs.

Long View

Construction goes on behind the kids

This photo shows that the season is indeed early spring, probably April. The leaves are just coming out on the trees, except for the earliest types near the cabin. The grass is just greening through the stubble of the last year’s growth. There is not much construction visible but the beams can be seen and the rafters of the second floor are not in yet. There is some barbed wire fence just behind the kids for Fairy’s pasture and it seems as if they are between the fence and the stream which should be just behind the photographer.