Stuart brought the LVLs on his truck today.  Ben and Todd got the job of unloading them and carrying them around to the side of the house where they’ve built a ladder up the roof to the attic window.  I lurked in the attic for awhile hoping to get a shot of them coming in the window, but I had to leave to go find a shower kit because the plumber is coming Monday.  So I can only imagine what it was like getting those Long Very Long–and heavy!–things up the ladder and in the window.

You can now see where the ceiling is going to be, and the back wall of the bathroom is framed in.  The ladder-looking thing on the ceiling and the right-hand wall is what they built to tie in the bathroom wall.  I said, “Darn!  I thought those ladder things were for the grandkids to swing from.”  Ben replied, “Yeah, we built monkey bars, but Stuart didn’t like them.”  I think it’s pretty amazing that guys that are pouring sweat in the steamy attic can laugh and joke.

In the photo below I’m standing right inside the future Narnia.  This space will hold the berths for the kids to sleep in as well as some space for them to play.

It takes a bit of imagination to see it at this point!  I see it very clearly in my mind–we’ll see how it works out in reality.

After framing the temporary wall to support the roof, they cut through the rafters.  Now we can see easily into the future Aslan’s Tent (parents’ bedroom).

The whitish things are vents from our bathroom below passing through the attic on their way to vent outside.

The guys installed the first LVL yesterday.


The LVL is the large, reddish-colored beam behind the blue wire.  You can see two of the rafters nailed into it; the one towards the right of the photo disappears down into the shadows. They doubled this LVL with another one behind it, according to the engineer’s instructions.  Instead of going all the way down to the floor, the rafters now rest against the LVLs.  When the temporary wall is removed, the LVLs will bear all the weight of the roof that the rafters used to push down into the attic floor where they were anchored.

When the engineer originally looked at our attic, he said the length of the rafters from roof peak to the bottom was just within the acceptable limit; any longer and he would have questioned the roof’s stability.  With the bracing going across to hold up the ceiling and the knee walls going up on the sides, not to mention double LVLs all over the place, this roof is not going anywhere.

Our grandchildren can sleep safe and sound in Narnia!