The west gable we built last summer needs to be raised a little, now that we’ve established a proper wall height at 8’3” from the floor flags: higher than it would have been originally.
We’ve raised our door height to avoid head injury from low flying lintels. The doors that used to be 5’7” are now a decent 6′.
Well – now it begins to look like a real house.
Upon the scaffold the guys have made a timber template so the roof trusses can snuggle against the wall. Cottage roofs generally are pitched at about 36 degrees (9/12 pitch angle).
Note that the typical space above a cottage window is about 1.5 foot (above).
Meanwhile back down in the lower room and with help of Jason and Clint (who completed their stone building FAS course with Rónán Crehan in Donegal Town) we built a pair of handsome corner boles.
Boles are keeping holes for everyday objects.
The ancient door lintel from Shane’s cottage rides again – this time as a characterful shelf – embedded one-third of the way into the wall and supported by a couple of long through stones.
You may travel the whole world but you simply won’t pick up furniture like this in a flat pack.
4 thoughts on “Where Walls Meet Roofs”
I love the detail at the wall plate, the way the boys formed the pitch, with the lime mortar, class.
Yes isn’t it good – and breathable, that area being prone to condensation I understand.
We had great help from your trainees too – very neat workers.
The use of the ancient lintel as a shelf is inspired and the melding of the new, East Wing onto the original structure is a thing of beauty – the line between the two distinct but the craft superlative.
Have you been able to replace the flags from the main room? It seemed quite a task with them all numbered prior to lifting.
In the picture above of the westerly wall you can see that the two rooms have tie stones every forth course or so, for strength.
As for the replacement of flags, it promises to be the trickiest job yet.
It was a gritty wet day when we prised them up that I fear the numbers instantly wore off. Luckily I kept a photographic record. However the sub floor must be laid first.
Lots to do – let’s hope for an Indian summer this year!