The Big Roof ~ Part 6

Since my last post, we have covered quite a bit of ground. I completed the rafters over the roof deck and welded on a facia around the south and west. Like this:


This front elevation is in the ugly dinosaur stage. I can’t wait to see windows installed and some color applied…

And this:


The afternoon rains are now frequent and heavy, so Armando and I start our day at 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. Here is a video of a 12:30 rain running off the new roof on container #3. There will be even more after we finish installing the rest of the roof panels on the Big Roof:

Yesterday (Thursday) we got a delivery of a big stack of roofing metal. Armando and I climbed onto the roof early this morning and laid them out and screwed them down. I have to say, the Big Roof is really, really BIG! I mentioned to Armando that it might be fun to play soccer on the roof, although be careful of going off side… Here Armando is busy screwing in the last of about 2,000 screws (at eight cents each…):

I'm taking this picture from the carport roof.

I’m taking this picture from the carport roof. We’re leaving the undone corner as is for now because I still have to build a small section of roof over the walkway below.


We still have to cut the angle, but we are just about done. The sky changes minute to minute; you never know when the rain will pelt down…

We managed to get the front angle cut just before the rain started:


After two months of welding on the roof, I am very happy to see this photo! I really like the line of the house, now visible for the first time in three years of work on this project!

In the next picture you can see that there is an area of outside walkway that is not covered; one cannot walk from the house to the carport without getting wet. I’ll tackle that small section next week:


Here are a few more pictures of our progress:


From the front door.

From the living room:


From the front door into the living room:


The first doorway in the container wall goes into the kitchen. The second doorway goes from the kitchen into a half bath that will tuck under the yet-to-be-built staircase in the living room (going to the loft and roof deck). ¬†And the big window wall in the living room… do I have a surprise for you (later)!

And here is the best overview of the project to date:

Panorama -- 21 June 2013 -003

It sure will be wonderful to pour the Big Floor and get those piles of sand and gravel out of the driveway…

In other news, while it rained the other day, I worked on the window in the second bedroom. Here’s a short video:

That’s pretty much it for this week. More next week including the last roof section and preparing the Big Floor for the Big Pour. Concrete that is, not rain… Thanks for stopping by.

14 thoughts on “The Big Roof ~ Part 6

  1. I opened your latest blog post and the new banner took my breath away! Who’da guess that a few rust red container could begin to look like a sailing ship anchored in the jungle.
    Thanks, again for the videos.

  2. A special surprise awaits us? Well with a surprise every entry you make, an extra surprise will be very special. Making your own windows, came as a surprise this time round. That shot from the front yard is a landmark pic. Looks as if you have the glass in already. Moving day seems very close now from this end. Nice work on those window bars. The video was very informative. Cheers to you both!

  3. Thanks Steve, Yes, I have a surprise concerning the big west wall in the living room. But I’m keeping quiet until I break ground on that project. Sorry, it will be a while yet… And yes, just a bit more than a month until move in day. We’ll be indoor camping, but it won’t be cold and we have a functioning bathroom at this point. I’ve got to get busy and pour the big floor. After that it is doors and windows to make us secure when we move in. July will be door and window month. Thanks for your comment!

  4. I love the frame, the setting of your house. You are doing something unique and I can picture the “ship” floating no longer anchored. To complement the “ship” and its “frame” you also have rain and birds singing as sound background; difficult to ask for more.

    I wonder how much less expensive it is to live in Cocle than Harlingen TX., explanation:

  5. Fantastic progress Fred. I love some of the ideas that you have incorporated into the house. I may have to borrow some of them when I finally get started on mine. Bet you love having Armando available to help you. Sure can be difficult if not impossible to do some of this alone. Can hardly wait to see your next posting. Sorry to say, but I am so envious of what you have done. We just got moved out to our place and still working on getting the RV infrastructure completed as well as the cover over it. Once I get the front deck done on it, I will then start on my container house. The three containers have been sitting here now for 7 years and I now have a fourth which is only a 20 footer, but am going to incorporate that in as well.
    Keep up the good work and be careful on than roof. Looking forward to more. Great job!

    • Thank you Don. Thanks for your comment. Yes, at my advanced age of decrapitude it is good to have Armando to lift and tote and mix the concrete. Please free to steal any of my ideas. Are you going to blog for us all to see? Good luck with your project and remember Job One is safety. I’d love to see what you are going to do. Fred

  6. I noticed you are using metal tin for your roof I know for a fact that it will rust up and rot away. Have you thought of any other types of products to use for your roof? With the tin roof i know it is extremely loud when the rain hits the roof, what are you using to insulate the roof and to sound proof it?

    • Hello Isaac,

      Yes, we are using galvanized metal for our roof, and yes, after a number of years it will rust. I figure that at that time I will clean it and apply one of the elastomeric coatings, probably white or light gray for reflecting the heat. No mater what materials people use, there seems to be a common theme — maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. There is a concrete product that looks like Spanish tiles but I hear that it needs painting on a regular basis to prevent leaking. At least the zinc roofing that I am using is inexpensive! All roofing materials seem to under-perform in this harsh tropical rain/sun environment.

      As to insulation, I plan to use a two-part spray urethane insulation on the underside of the roof. An inch of the stuff sprayed on will both insulate (even though we are in the tropics, we don’t need much insulation here in the cooler 2,000-foot elevation in the mountains) and deaden the deafening sound that a downpour makes on the roof.

      Thanks for you comment, Fred

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