The Finished Room

image149Following are some views (Figures 5.41-5.45) and details of the completed sunroom.

Подпись: Fig. 5.41a & b (detail, below): The completed sunroom at Earthwood. Only the cordwood snow-blocking in the lower solar room remains to be done. We also waited until the spring of 2003 to put the earth on the roof. image150Jaki and I are glad that we have gained a beautiful new room as a result of this book… realizing that we wouldn’t have built it otherwise! In case you’re curious, the materials cost was about $4,000, or $20 per square foot. We also spent $250 on labor. And we also renewed the downstairs solar room at the same time, another 200 square feet, so were quite pleased with the cost. Larger buildings could cost less per square foot, particularly as our sunroom is heavy on windows ($1,243 for five) and an exterior door ($338), expensive items. I believe that a timber-frame home, using techniques described in this book, combined with some sort of natural infilling (cob, cordwood, straw bale, wattle-and-daub, etc.) can still be built today for a materials cost of $15 to $25 per square foot, depending on where you build and how good you are at scrounging materials.

Now I hope that Timber Framing for the Rest of Us will inspire you to build with heavy timbers, joined by simple common-sense techniques and fasteners, and that your results will be every bit as satisfying as ours have been.

just think, “build quality!”

Fig. 5.44, near right: Ceiling and

Подпись: Fig. 5.42, near right: The west wall of the new sunroom. The double-wide four-by-eight lintel over the window carries the load down to the cordwood wall without placing pressure on the window itself. Fig. 5.43, far right: The "Easter Island" panel at the new Earthwood sunroom. I wish you could see this in color, as the bottle-ends are beautiful. image151rafter detail.

Fig. 5.45, far right: Joining two rafters with heavy metal plates can be quite attractive.