Day 35: I went to the property thinking I would put in all the windows on the front but when I got there I thought the better of it. I decided to wait till we had put up the ridge beam because we might hit one on accident. Instead I worked on putting up the rest of the shearing and some of the window casing.
What I’m doing for the wall of windows is using 1/4 inch thick pexi glass that we cut with a circular saw. I’m using rectangle molding to sandwich the glass in between. I cut the molding, put a little liquid nails and then finish nail it into place.
Day 36: There was a lot of back and forth decision making today. We finished the window trim on the outside. And put some trim up on the exterior. We headed into town to grab a bunch more supplies including the roofing even though I don’t need it for a couple days because they didn’t have much in stock.
Day 37: We did a couple lumber runs both buying and returning lumber. We had 12 foot rafter beams but I made my pitch too steep and so they didn’t quite reach out over the deck so we traded them in for 14 footers that we had to trim a bit.
We also picked up our tongue and groove ceiling boards. Between the back and forth driving from the treehouse to the lumber stores in Hilo which takes about 30 mins each way, we managed to put up all the interior rafters. We have four more to put up but since they won’t be resting on the wall, they’re going to take a little more engineering.
Day38: We put up the tongue and groove ceiling. It looks really nice and it’s so easy to put together. It took most the day and we didn’t end up having the right size of screw to put up the roofing, so we had to end the day a little early and go get some different ones in town. Which ended up being a bigger deal than you would think.
Day 39: The day started out pretty great, when I went to grab some roofing sheets to carry up the ladder, they weren’t there, instead a note written in the mud ‘don’t worry be happy’ from my neighbor Gabrielle. He had carried 30 4×6 Onduro roofing up the ladder to the treehouse! We were able to start right away which is always nice. We put up about 3/4 of it before we ran out if screws – again!
So we started to do a bunch of finish work that needed to be done. I also started to put together the trap door above the ladder. I need some hardware to complete it.
Day 40: I thought we might finish the roofing today but alas we ran out of nails I think for the third time. I talk about the brand of roofing we’re using in the video it’s called Onduro. It’s so exciting seeing the big things come together.
My mom is flying back to Idaho February 14th so I’m really hoping to get some major things done before she leaves me.
Day 41: Took my first day off since we were able to start. It is Sunday so my mom wasn’t going to go anyway and of all things my hands have been so sore. I’m covered with bruises and scrapes which is pretty normal for a project like this. I’ve never had my hands be sore before.
I decided to rest them and took a trip to town to do some research on the computer. I ordered my memory foam mattress as well as a super cool 12″ square shower head.
Day 42: Rough start today, had to switch some stuff around for the roofing. By lunch we hit our stride and were able to build a shower pan. The shower is going to be so cool. The drain will be under mounted so you won’t be able to see it. Plus it will have jalousie floor to ceiling windows and a waterfall shower.
Day 43 & 44: We’ve spent the last two days doing more plumbing and trying to get the roof completed. We keep running into issues – I forgot my tool belt and my mom had to go back to the house. We kept needing more parts – typical plumbing. We did get the toilet set today. As well as the shower and toilet drain done for the most part. I spray painted the black ABS pipe tan to blend in with the wood since you can see underside of the house. The most exciting thing we accomplished was getting the sliding glass door in. They were used bought from Habitat for Humanity and happily they were in working condition.
Day 45: It’s my moms last day We worked all day to try to and squeeze in all that we could but it was really rainy so we were forced to work inside. We put up 3 pieces of Sheetrock (which is triple the price here) on the divider wall. We also started to build the platform bed because I’ll be sleeping there shortly.
I drop off my mom at the airport 5:00 am tomorrow. She has been a tremendous help the last month. We got a lot of major things done. It should be interesting working alone for the remainder of my time in Hawaii. I’m going to conclude the day by day entries and instead I’ll do a specific more detailed posts as I go.