This is Scott’s preliminary design for our project. The windows face south directly toward the garden. Now that the foundation is complete, the next step is to frame the walls.
Thousand Lakes Lumber, the local mill in Lyman, provided the required 5” x 5” wood – two twenty-four footers, ten eight footers and one twelve footer.
Using a water level, we were able to determine if the foundation is level. This made it possible to determine how long to cut each vertical post.
Rebar embedded in the foundation will support each frame post.
Scott measures the position of the rebar in order to drill the hole in the post in the correct place.
Marking the rebar position on the post
Drilling the post
After drilling, the hole is filled with epoxy and the post is set in place.
Each post must be perpendicular to the foundation in all directions.
Bracing in two planes holds the post in place.
Tools used on the cross pieces
Cross pieces were secured in place using 8-inch log screws and hurricane straps. Here Scott drills the pilot hole for a screw.
One log screw in place, another in the pilot hole
Horizontal members tie the entire framework together. Now it’s really beginning to look like a structure that will protect next year’s seedlings and maybe make it possible for homegrown tomatoes in the winter!