The visiting Radke crew and SWAT got things off to a great start on Townsend. We are now back to our “normal” two days a week schedule and work is beginning on Ron’s House.
Only SWAT worked Wednesday laying the remaining decking on the upper roof, sheathing the rest of the parapets and installing the crickets and canales to insure proper drainage.
On the ground the lower portion of the house was wrapped, the windows were put in, and blue board installation begun.
The slab for this house was poured Wednesday. After laying out the floor Friday, most of the plates were cut Saturday. The window and door frames were built in preparation for wall building.
Construction began again on Townsend on March 12 with the opening ceremony for the Radke Build known as the Celebration of Life House. This is the fourth home the Patrice Radke Charitable Fund has sponsored with GAHH. A unique feature of this build is that family and friends come from all over the country to work in memory of Patrice. Also this year Vern Jamison, a long-time friend of the family, was honored.
Maria Marquez and her daughter Ariana, the Partner Family for this build, have been assisting with the builds on Trujillo while waiting for their home to be started. This will be home number 173 for GAHH since 1987. Because many of the volunteers traveled to participate, work took place on a daily basis for over a week.
Activities began with remarks by GAHH personnel, the Radke’s and Maria and Ariana. At the conclusion of the brief ceremony work began in earnest with the laying out and marking for wall floor plates and fabrication of window and door frames.
Door and window frames were completed and wall building started. By late morning enough walls were ready that it was possible to begin standing them.
Exterior work included sheathing walls while drywall backing and shelf blocking continues on the inside.
Trusses were lifting to the walls and about half of them installed. Sheathing and internal blocking work continued.
Sheathing on the upper portion of the tall walls continued while the balance of the lower level trusses where installed.
Days 6 – 9.
Sheathing work continued on the exterior walls, parapet frames were completed and sheathed, and decking was laid along with myriad other tasks.
After completing a number of “clean up” framing tasks, work will begin on the house interior with the installation of electrical and plumbing rough-ins and putting up drywall.