What are these men smiling about? I'll tell you . . .
Ably directed by our friend and neighbor Mark Anderson, over the weekend, they raised the roof on Justin and Claui's back porch and enclosed it. Eventually this new space will contain a dining area, as well as enlarging two existing bedrooms.
The shop crew did the measuring and cutting for the walls.
The back wall, assembled and ready to be raised.
Lots of manpower ready to lift.
Waiting for the word from Mark . . .
The Boss -- Mark was a student of ours back in Florida and got his start in carpentry and construction when, as a teenager, he helped John build our house back in '75.
Going up . . .
Almost there . . .
It's up! Now it has to get moved forward . . .
Hold steady . . .
Time for the BIG hammer . . .
Knocking that wall into place . . .
Inch by inch . . .
Slowly moving into alignment . . .
And it's just right!
John (the designated gofer) is back from a run to Lowes for more supplies . . .
And the guys will take a break for lunch. When I return a few hours later, I'm amazed to see what's been accomplished.
Time for a gloat beer -- time to sit and savor the feeling of accomplishment.
It's suggested that I get a group picture . . . and with a bit of good-natured grumbling, the guys (Mark has already left, alas) line up.
You couldn't ask for better friends than these!
(Note to Josie fans: Josie and Claui were in Arkansas for the weekend, celebrating Claui's sister's birthday. That's why no Josie pics.)