The HC - progress update

by brae  

I had a long weekend taking some vacation days, so I got some extra work done on the HC.  I've attached the front wall, but that will have to remain secret until the reveal.  But, with the structure out of dry fit, I could start tackling the roof.  First up was making templates of all the roof pieces onto drawing paper.  This will make for easier shingling later.

I then made my wiring channels for the recessed ceiling lights.  After, I taped the two roof boards while flat, added glue and then folded the boards.  I used my carpenter's square and a triangle to hold the boards in position while the glue dried.  I left the tape in place on the exterior for stability and will remove it once I've installed the board onto the structure.  The two smaller roof boards are still in dry fit.

I installed the LEDs in the ceiling on the roof side.

I taped over the channels on the outside to protect the wires and to keep them in place.

On the inside, I added nylon washers to serve as the recessed light rings.

I previously marked where the walls would need to connect, then painted the interior and eaves White Birch by Americana, using the same stucco stippling effect from the outside.  I had a little trouble covering the joins where I filled in the one board, but it's not very noticeable.  The eaves should be a nice contrast with the dark chocolate trims.

I painted the front gable portion black.  You can also see the wiring for the ceiling lights curled and clamped for later work.

I have some of the wires that will extend to the power strip in place.  These have been bundled under the structure for later use when I attach the building to the landscaping board.

9 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
The can lights look great. That’s so clever!
11/04/18 @ 21:06
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
So many questions here. How do you cut the channel for the wiring? A Dremel? I am about to wire the Cranberry Cove with tape wiring. I've had so much trouble with it after it is installed with lights working then not. I am blaming the humidity in the basement due to the evaporation from the two huge aquariums that my husband keeps. I am interested to see how you hide your wires. Do you use exclusively LEDs? I am sure that you will cover all of these questions.
11/05/18 @ 06:46
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

Here are a few blog posts on wiring. In this instance (and usually), I used my Dremel Trio but a regular Dremel with a depth guide could be used. I wear a mask so I don't breathe in the dust.
http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/the-artist-s-studio-wiring
http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/there-are-power-tools-in

You can also cut the channels with a utility knife:
http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/installing-novalyte-led-recessed-can-lights
11/05/18 @ 07:35
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Making templates for the roof is the smartest thing you can do for yourself, especially when you have all of these odd angled pieces! I was cursing myself for forgetting this invaluable step when roofing the cottage! I'm so excited that there is only 6 weeks to the day for the contest entry deadline! Then we'll finally get to see what's been under your sleeve all year, and the ingenious methods you used in getting there!
11/05/18 @ 08:36
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Oooh! Lighting is always exciting...and makes for some tense days when you start testing it. I love your can lights. And the texture of the ceiling is lovely! Good luck with your roofing! Jodi! Don't say only six weeks... I'm going to have a heart attack over here!
11/05/18 @ 09:13
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Sorry Sheila! I'm just so excited, and you're making such great progress that you'll finish right on time!
11/05/18 @ 15:33
Comment from: brae [Member]
:)) I used to scare the bejesus out of myself (and the rest of you) by posting a countdown clock in my side bar! 88|
11/05/18 @ 20:55
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]
I am so intrigues by where this is heading. Thanks for lighting info (and links in comments). One day I will wire a light and I will be heading straight here for 'how-to' Thanks Anna x
11/07/18 @ 03:54
Comment from: brae [Member]
You are welcome! :>>

Lighting is not necessarily easy, but it can be accomplished with patience and planning. It really does add so much to a mini build. :yes:
11/13/18 @ 08:12


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