While I worry my pretty little head about what liquid I should put in coffee, Manly Man Mr. EOS has been toting barges and lifting bales, climbing up scaffolding so many times in one day he falls into bed at night one exhausted puppy. All in an effort to put the cupola in place.
Not a store bought from the box cupola mind you, a built from scratch, as only Mr. EOS would do cupola. It’s the crowning glory of the Carriage House, siting so perfectly square atop the gambrel roof.
For those of you who hammer nails on the weekend, you can appreciate the intense labor of love the Carriage House is and how magnificent it will all be when it is done.
Words and photos by Mr. EOS:
Cupola build was going to be way too difficult for a solo builder to construct in place. So I mocked up the roof opening on the second story floor and build the cupola upon that structure. Inside, level floor, out of wind and rain. The pieces ware just tacked together with screws for the most part, but the framing for the base walls and window walls was nailed together.
Waited for a two day window of hopefully light winds and no rain in forecast. As it turned out, it took two full days to cart the pieces up and fit them pack together, with some adjustments along the way.
I have a pipe staging tower inside, and roof access via a framed-in skylight opening to a rather tenuous platform on roof. Still, access is tedious and I made a zillion trips up and down ladders. By end of second day the structure was relatively rain and bird proof. Now I can finish it off under slightly more relaxed conditions.
The red square represents where the windows in the cupola will go. I will have to rig up some remote way of opening windows since the height is prohibitive to reach up and open them, even for the Knicks new NBA draft pick!
I think this qualifies for non-girly girl hardly boring post. Agree?