Jeff is getting up on the roof after a pellet of plywood was placed up there by a delivery truck with a large arm.
A sunny day and the race to get the plywood layer on before the next lot of rain.
Next operation – digging trenches and holes for more foundations – this time for the porch and arcade that runs along the side of the building.
The resident ‘retired, always-an-engineer’ consulting with the digger operator, Aaron Yager, the owner of the construction company.
James is the ‘look out’ person or maybe ‘spotter’ is the correct term.
Dave, the lead carpenter, keeps an eye on operations as well.
There is a lot of cell phone consulting of different weather forecast apps to see when the next lot of rain is coming. These forecasts influence what can be done next.
The next lot of rain came. Now the building is covered with the ubiquitous ‘blue tarp.’ This distinctive blue colour is a common sight on the island. It indicates an issue with water whether it is keeping a pile of winter wood dry enough to burn or trying to keep an unfinished roof dry during construction or covering a roof damaged during a storm.
Keeping water out of the materials and outside the building envelope is a major influence on building design in this rain forest environment.
The Pacific North West rain forest ecosystem with its high rainfall and relatively mild climate produces the largest biomass in the world. The combination of conditions is perfect for growing huge trees then rotting and breaking them down in a self-supporting cycle of growth and decay. We are building a wooden structure within this ecosystem where the same processes will be active. All of the building’s wood will naturally breakdown unless the water can be kept outside the building envelope.