This weekend was a huge success for me! It all started on Friday afternoon when my friend Chris saved the day by helping me get the final two pieces of siding that I need to complete the swing walls.
The first swing wall frame was already done, so all I had left to complete on that one was to figure out precisely where the siding would attach, and how I wanted to mount the hinges. I’d already been weighing the options in my mind (for the past week) so I just went ahead with my plan and screwed it all together and put it up. Adrienne helped me get the hinges aligned perfectly, and up it went!
Here’s some photos:
I cut the siding to size then held it up in place and traced out the framing, so I’d know exactly where I could place the screws… then screwed it all together:
Then I built the little support areas for the bottom bolts, attached the hinges, and after some wrangling, put it up:
There’s just over 1/8″ clearance between the bottom of the siding and the top of the redwood threshold.
As you can see, it can open a lot more than that before it hits the bottom of the roof, but that may not ever be needed, the end of the swing wall is easily 6′ off the ground in that photo.
That’s the inside view, showing the supports for the bolts (that will ‘lock’ the swing wall when it’s shut. And a wide view:
After that, I primed and painted it, and will do a second coat of paint after work today.
Before you ask: There will be green trim that seals/hides the gaps on both sides of the swing wall. The trim will be attached to the swing wall, with bumpers to keep it closing accurately, and weatherstripping to keep it wind-tight. I’m almost done painting the trim pieces, hopefully will be able to install them wednesday or thursday.
I also worked a lot on the windows. I got the hinge recesses chiseled out (accurately, I might add. My chisel-fu is improving!), the windows primed and the window frames have got about half of the stops installed.
Tonight, I’ll finish the stops and prime the frames, second coat of paint on the swing wall, and trim, and hopefully make a trip to the hardware store to scout out window panes.
It was a super productive weekend, and I’m happy at how much I got done! I’m working really hard to get the swing walls and windows done before winter, I expect they’ll all be done in another week if I stop slacking off. And then I can focus on the flooring, electrical and all the little ‘finishing touches’.
Thanks for your help, Chris and Adrienne, in making this weekend such a success.