Surprise!! He sent a text back saying he was at 3283 working on the "band board." My mode quickly shifted from leisurely to normal. I got dressed and headed to the cottage.
In order to maintain existing structural integrity; allow for some slight correction of sloping floors; and, provide for inconsistencies among the original framing of the cottage, porches and the addition, the number of "sill plates" varies around the top of the foundation. Some areas sit on only one, most have two and some have two--plus shimming lumber. To handle this and maintain a consistent look on all walls the carpenters installed what they call a "band board" that will be below the siding on all outside walls.
|As I arrived I saw a "mini-shop" set up behind 3283.|
The table saw was to rip the boards to size; the miter saw to cut them to length.
|John and Bill are installing part of the band board on the front wall.|
At their right, they prepared the wall for the entry deck to be attached.
Water guard and flashing over the ledger board are part of that preparation.
|Jeff is installing a drip edge that will be between two boards|
making up the total "band board" around the front porch.
|Jeff and Bill are working on water seal|
where the back entry deck will be built.
|The ledger board, with flashing above, is in place on the two walls|
that will support much of the entry porch.
We are anxious to end the use of our "temporary steps."
The band board will have to be painted white as will the siding on the new addition. But just seeing it around the entire structure made things look more finished to me. Especially looking at the front porch, and mentally picturing the entry stoop, I am seeing more and more a finished product.
What do you think?
|The band board follows the top of the foundation|
around the addition and the front porch.
|It also ties the addition to the main house.|