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Finishing the Roof

Cedar Shingle installationWe chose cedar shingles for a more rustic look. Of course these are more expensive than an asphalt shingle, but we were only covering about hundred square feet of roof and we used lower grade of cedar to keep the cost down. They ended up costing us about 100 dollars.

We nailed on all of the shingles starting from the back working up to the front. We used a board as a guide to help us keep the shingle ends straight.

Once at the top we ran the shingles long over the edge and then cut them all at once with a circular saw.

completed roofAt the point where the shingles and fascia met we installed a drip edge to keep moisture from soaking in and rotting the sheathing over time.

 

Trim, Clerestory Windows and Siding

Window TrimWe put 5/4" redwood trim at the corners and to cover the framing over the door. This was a little thicker than usual, but we needed it that thick to frame in the lap siding.

At the corners where two trim pieces met, we finished it off with 3/4" quarter round.

We notched a trim piece to go around the 2x4's that framed in the window openings. This piece was beveled to drain moisture like a window sill.

For the gaps between the rafters and the top of the window framing, we used another notched trim piece. This will help to keep out the birds and squirrels.

Siding InstallationTo install the glass for the clerestory windows, we first we used 1x2 redwood as stops and installed them flush with the outside edge of the window framing. Then we put the glass in and installed the inside stops.

For the siding we chose a cheaper garden-grade redwood which had a few knots and some white sapwood in it. Once this weathers, though, it'll all look the same.

We work our way from the bottom up. The boards are notched on the bottom to fit over the ones below, so the exposure is consistent all the way up.

 

 

Doors

Redwood Door AssemblyWe also used redwood on the doors to match the redwood on the siding and trim. Each door is assembled with four pieces of tongue-and-groove stock redwood: two 1x8's in the middle and two 1x6's on the edges. We ripped the 1x6's down to make each door 24 inches wide.

We cut all the pieces to the same height. Each door has a window in it, so we cut the 1x8's to fit around the windows.

To hold the doors together we attached three trim pieces to the back of each door. First we put a couple of 1x6's cut 24 inches wide to run horizontally across the door at the top and bottom. We glued these and then screwed them in with 1 1/2" galvanized screws.

TIP: Predrill the redwood before screwing into it so you don't splinter the wood. And put tape on your drill to show you how deep to go, otherwise you'll drill right through both boards.

After the two horizontal trim pieces were secured, we ran another diagonal piece between them. We secured this in the same way.

Hanging DoorsTo install the windows we first nailed 1x2 trim pieces flush with the edges of the opening. Next, we nailed 1x1's into the 1x2's to make the inner stops for the plexiglass for the windows. Then we set the plexiglass in and finished them off with outside stops.

After the doors were done, we installed them in the openings with black iron hinges. We also installed a black iron hasp so we could lock everything up.

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