"Cedar"

Well, week six of our build has ticked over and we started it off with a conundrum...

Walnut, Brown Bean, or Brown Cedar?

 What do you reckon?

What do you reckon?

After much discussion and many beers over Christmas, the Cameron hive-mind decided on Brown cedar and set about applying the stain with typical aplomb.

 Georgia demonstrating correct stain application technique (note the safety jandals!)

Georgia demonstrating correct stain application technique (note the safety jandals!)

Big thanks to the team at Triclad for supplying the awesome, affordable and sexy plywood weatherboards. Best of luck for your big shift, guys!

In order to make the 12 mm boards match the 20 mm corrugate, we needed to place spacers underneath. These we cut from spare 7 mm plywood.

7 plus 12 equals twenty, so we were good.

 Spacers go in.

Spacers go in.

 If scaffold-scaling was an Olympic sport...

If scaffold-scaling was an Olympic sport...

Then, one by one, the boards went up!

 Builder Grant achieves in five minutes flat what took us half a day!

Builder Grant achieves in five minutes flat what took us half a day!

 Georgia touches up the "cedar".

Georgia touches up the "cedar".

 Sam soaks up the credit for Grant's work.

Sam soaks up the credit for Grant's work.

 Back-side "cedar" finished. On our own, no less!

Back-side "cedar" finished. On our own, no less!

 Front-side boards.

Front-side boards.

By now, we were once again wilting under the summer heat, but after a day off for Christmas, timely reinforcements once again appeared - this time in the form of Uncle Bruce and Cousin David.

Cheers for the help guys!

 Bruce makes for the escape hatch!

Bruce makes for the escape hatch!

 David deftly applies the backing for our negative detail ply lining.

David deftly applies the backing for our negative detail ply lining.

Brothers Grant and Bruce then donned their uniforms and attacked an item that had been haunting the to-do list for a couple of weeks.

The skylight!

 Roofing iron comes down ( Don't rain don't rain don't rain!).

Roofing iron comes down (Don't rain don't rain don't rain!).

Our center-pivot Velux model came with a flashing kit and an instruction novel that we followed to the extent that we could on our tiny roof.

 Grant screws the skylight in.

Grant screws the skylight in.

 Flashings in place! (Beginning to hate that word...)

Flashings in place! (Beginning to hate that word...)

Once the roofing was replaced, and everything battened down, there was nothing to do but lie back and enjoy the view!

 View from our future bed!

View from our future bed!

Just in time, a rainy afternoon came along to test our newly perforated roof.

 And not a drop got inside!

And not a drop got inside!

That's all for this week folks! Things are motoring along here still, but we're taking a brief hiatus over New Years to recharge the batteries with waves, brews and fireworks (in that order) in sunny Raglan-town.

Huge thanks again to all of our helpers and visitors this week. We'd probably have given up ages ago if it wasn't for your muscles, know-how, kind words and smoothies.

You're all awesome!

 

 Mutley knows what's  next...

Mutley knows what's  next...