Making a Cottage Art Studio : Part 5 – Saggy No More!

This earlier photo, with your’s truly pulling off siding, shows the left side of the building ridge line sagging noticeably.  This side  was built earlier using 2×6 lumber.  The right half of the building was built years later, using prefabricated 2×4 rafters which used triangles for strength.

My big, strong, grown up son, Matthew, has become my hired labor since he is out of college for the summer.  It is soooo handy to have him helping me for a few hours each day when he is available.  I was intending to let the sag stay in the roof, and just strengthen the rafters against more sagging, but I got a big pouty lip from my sister Cheryl, the masters in architecture student!  That was just not OK, she informed me!  Blasphemy!  Lol! So, Matthew and I tackled the raising of the sag with car jacks, which is working very well.

The two car jacks poised on the 4×8 beam, jacking up the ridge line 2×6 piece of lumber.

Matthew looked like a Tai Chi practitioner as he moved slowly and carefully, setting the jacks and boards (above) in place.

After the de-sagging!

Tomorrow we will finish stabilizing everything, including adding the necessary triangles to the rafters for stability.

Making a Cottage Art Studio : Part 1 Getting Started 


My daughter Melanie and her daughter at the cottage coastruction site.

When my husband and I bought this house, from Melanie and her husband, it came with a workshop. I decided I wanted to turn it into a an art studio so my sister Cheryl and I begin brainstorming ideas.  Of course it would need lots of windows for natural lighting.

Melanie was here yesterday, and today, and energetically suggested we start working on the renovations.  Melanie and I took out some walls and are installing huge windows for the natural light an art studio needs.

Besides an art studio, this cottage will also house a guest room and stables for a couple horses!  Updates coming as we progress.