Bob’s New Abode – stage 1

As the Raider’s anthem so aptly states, the “autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from the sea.  With a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously.”  The autumn wind is upon us and in the Comox Valley that means one thing:  rain.  Now before I get too carried away, let me remind my readers from parts elsewhere that contrary to popular belief, we don’t get six months of rain here.  In fact, we don’t get three months or two months.  We get a lot of grey, overcast days which sometimes make it feel like it is raining!  Compared to a few other cities, the Comox Valley’s seasonal rainfall is quite reasonable.  Of course, we all know the axiom regarding statistics!

That said, poor ol’ Bob has a house with a leaky roof and I need to solve this problem.  In addition, the trailer Tim, Dad and I just built needs a shelter from the monsoon.  After some careful consideration, I determined that the existing lean-to shelter is pretty much done and needs to be dismantled.  I will salvage all the wood and the metal sheeting and use it in another project in some fashion or another.  I’ve sourced my new lumber locally, from a responsible supplier.  I just have to pick it up, finish the dismantling process and start construction.  It sounds so simple.

My normal M.O. when doing these bigger projects is to think about the end result whilst omitting some of the specifics regarding measurements, calculations or design features.  My childhood dreams of being an architect were probably best left as dreams!!  That said, I’m hoping that I nail this project.  I’ve measured three times not twice and even have my laser level out!  This weekend past, I dismantled the existing framework.  This weekend coming I hope to start the construction phase.

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3 thoughts on “Bob’s New Abode – stage 1

  1. Pauline

    Hey, speak for yourself & your own little paradise in respect of the rain! Move 600ft up the mountain & you can double your stats, I have the ferns and waterfalls to prove it! Anyone wanna buy a house?

  2. Ah Ben! It’s good to see that you are thinking of Bob’s well being. It’s also good to read that he is being asked to contribute to the building too. Actually, without Bob’s help you probably wouldn’t get through this project as quickly as you now will. What goes around comes around.
    Cheers,
    Dad

  3. Tim

    Hopefully I’ll be in better shape soon to help you out with this project. It was fun building the trailer with you although it had it’s own set of problems. Looking forward to this next project. Peace Tim

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