How to Install Redwood Deck – Vermont Farmhouse – Bob Vila eps.2305

hi I’m Bob Vila welcome home again to our modern-day Vermont farmhouse we’ve made lots of progress as last week and today we’re gonna take a close-up look at the exterior of the house the siding the roofing the windows everything’s gone in there also a visit from Bob Riley who’s coming to help us trim up the columns on the front porch and a visit to the Cobb Hill cohousing community not far from here in Hartland Vermont stick around it’s good to have you home again well among the many improvements this last week is our new driveway or at least the driveway bed which is in place now and what they’re using here is a two inch hard pack material if they call it and it’s obtained from a blast that near the airport in Lebanon New Hampshire where they just blow it all up and frost it but it locks tight because of the angularity of the rock then they’ll dress it up with three-quarter inch and that’ll be our finished driveway behind me you can see that we’ve really spread a lot of the material the soil material that was here on the property it’s kind of like the forest floor it’s very spongy but before we actually seed any of this will add another inch or two of screened loam but let’s say hi to Ted Riley the construction manager on this job hey Ted I’m off how are you doing great this place is looking fabulous yes it is yeah now you’ve got the siding and the skin and the windows everywhere except here what’s what’s the here for the garage doors which will be about two weeks okay so we can’t really continue we want to measure the angle exactly what matches the doors now what was the first thing that went into the the completion of the exterior we put the I rap by georgia-pacific on mm-hm and then we installed the windows okay so the windows have all been put in place in there of course modern windows that can very easily be installed with a nailing flan nailing flanges so that you just kind of plumb them up and it’s the easiest part of the job practically yes it is yeah now what about the the siding itself it is a a cedar siding that is pre primed for sides and it’s made by warehouser it’s a red cedar product yes it is but it comes from the manufacturer already properly primed and I see that we’re putting out the rough side yes we are yeah which a lot of people think is the best thing to do because the grip scrips hands stain better it’s a stain that we’re putting on right yes it is okay now when they when they trim out a house like this the traditional application always involves starting off with a water table or a water board which is the big two by six or one by six at the bottom and of course you put the metal flashing on now though nothing gets behind it the metal flashing is a really good idea because you don’t have to worry about any kind of moisture penetrating down below this board here exactly and then how did they go about installing this siding okay they install it with a stainless steel nail is this the color that we’re gonna have on the exterior this isn’t the actual color that the architect has chosen we painted this section here to get approval from the Quickie Lakes landowners Association good view boy because there is a design review it’s a design review board okay so once that approval comes then they’ll keep on painting around the whole outside of the house great well this is gonna be terrific over here I really like this feature on the corner no I like the way the architect designed the the exterior of the house to kind of change materials go from the collaborates to these recessed panels here which I guess are MD or I’d say I am do they it holds up very well in Vermont and also takes paint very well medium density overlap really signboard is what it was developed for you’ve got a nice little Scotia let in here and it’s all cocked and ready to go so this will be probably done in the trim paint right I think this will be done the trim paint this will be done in the body paint okay make it emphasize it that’ll look very nice no in the detail and the gable end of the house is looking good – that’s a nice window assemblage yes that’s actually a triple window and then it has a an archway window unpopular and the vent in the very top of the gable end which again is a nice design feature as is the the end of the eaves where you’ve got that returned a very 19th century detail well the porch is almost finished we’re going to be up there with Bob Riley and a little bit to finish trimming out these columns but let’s let’s go around the side and we can talk about some of the features here and of course on the on this side we’ve kind of repeated the same details in the gable end with a simpler window right yes sir now what’s what’s this we’ve got this finished now our steel bulkhead in that’s a metal bill coal bulkhead yeah these are terrific does especially when you get snow loads and stuff oh yes and you don’t have to worry heavy duty the crew from St Griswold here in Vermont

made quick work of the installation first they used a crane to lower the bulkhead frame onto the precast cellar stairs next they drill pilot holes in the concrete and bolted the heavy gauge frame onto it finally they installed the doors and the latching hardware and the bulkhead was finished and of course security is also one of the key features with these things you can’t get through them now here’s a great vantage point for us to look at the steel roof right Ted yes it is now this is the back side of the garage and of course you’ve got this same type of roof with a standing seam throughout the entire house and it was all put on last week they basically brought a portable sheet metal shop to the site the metal roofing material comes pre painted in a large roll its unrolled into a metal break that fabricates individual pieces to the desired length and then they’re installed on the roof with clips and screws the metal pieces for the valley are individually cut and crimped to fit by the roofing crew it’s a handsome roof now what about the cost of this type of roofing it runs anywhere from $165 a squared $185 where depending on the nature of the roof the conditions how difficult the job yeah and does it have much of a warranty it has a 25 year warranty on the paint and of course there’s a lifetime roof being a metal roof it’s steel yeah great next we’ll talk about the advantages of using Redwood for the front porch deck Pat cloody as our carpenter here who’s putting the finishing touches on the redwood deck now the spacer that he’s using is just a spike those are annual ring nails but we’ve got Ron Hollen here from Georgia Pacific and Ron what why is redwood such a good choice for decking Bob redwood is naturally resistant to decay and insects it’s extremely dimensionally stable in all kinds of weather conditions it’s light very easy to work with with additional tools and Bob it’s a beauty it’s a beautiful wood it’s just that that’s Sammy pink color that is just so pretty and it’s very lightweight now I must admit I was just reading that you should always install it with a bark face up how do you figure out where the bark is well Bob if you want to take a look at this piece you can see how on this side the annual rings are very small and they get larger as we go to the top of the board this would be the heart side of the board yeah the smaller the rings get that’s the center of the tree so obviously the opposite direction is where the bark was and this is the way it goes down it goes down their way so that you don’t have to worry about the grain lifting up that’s a cup on you yeah now a lot of people are concerned about using Redwood because of the depletion of this of the source and the ancient forests and stuff what’s the what’s the story there Bob we have a lot of redwood growing in the California redwood growing region and this wood that we’re using today is all second-growth trees we do not solve redwood trees any longer so everything is second growth how long does it take to to grow a tree that you can harvest Bob works on trees that are 70 to 80 years old mm-hmm and that’s where this wood came from all right we’re ready to put the final bad beets on there all right perfect and now when you’ve got a miter cut like that you want to put well you want to nail the other end first and again these are whole ring nails and this one is pretty tight because it’s a band and you want to put a nail in like that at the end Pat well Ron thanks for coming out thank you very much nice to find out about Redwood right now we’re gonna go visit our friends at the Cobb Hill cohousing community nearby well we’re visiting the cedar mountain farm right on the edge of the village of Hartland Vermont and this farm has been here for well over a century you can see off in the distance the steeple of the village and right here the red farmhouse it kind of looks like a cape cod-style house but that’s the farmhouse soon it will be remodeled and used as the headquarters for the Institute for sustainability here now this is a site that we visited a couple times before word to look at the Cobb’s Hill cohousing community that’s up on the hillsides but we haven’t really focused on the farm and the interesting thing here is that the cohousing is done is going to coexist with an agrarian way of life that’s being preserved let’s go meet the farmers Steve and Kerry have been farming together for nine years and have been working here at this particular location for two and if I can interrupt you I just want to say hello

and you know ask you a couple of questions about how how the farming life goes up here in Vermont now first of all no tractor right we’re using horses well you know honesty we kind of do a dual system where we rely on the horses forward in the dirty of our cultivation and tillage but we have the tractor as a backup okay were you about to hook up the heart the the actual plow yeah well I’ll let you do that I do want to ask you though Steve this is not a huge truck farm operation here it is how many acres well we have seven acres within the fence about five and a half acres planted the vegetables this year and the rest in a cover crop which is a fellow to rest and nutrify the soil I see and it’s not exactly a co-op but can you explain how the how it works well Kari and I are members of the cohousing village but we are managing the farm operation here we have a CSA farm Community Supported Agriculture where people buy directly a subscription from us for 22 weeks of deliveries of vegetables in season so it’s a direct relationship between the farmer and the consumer I see and Kari is it all organic yep we’re completely organic we don’t use any synthetic fertilizers synthetic pesticides soil fertility is based mostly on composted horse and cow manure they also do cover crops which drop a lot of minerals out of the ground draw nitrogen from the air and add a lot of organic matter also as needed we put rock phosphate lime different ground minerals according to what our soil tests tell us sure now there’s also a dairy operation right do you keep a number of cows that’s right we’re managing a small a micro herd kind of like microbrewing really just ten Jersey cows will be milking here and right here another Cobb Hill member and her partners are making cheese from our milk so there’s no milk being sold off the farm it all goes right over into the cheese plant where that product is being produced now what kind of cheeses are they well she’s doing a Swiss Appenzeller and then a Welsh cheddar style of cheese all right well why don’t we see you in action with all right now everything you’re using here where the horses looks absolutely antique to me I don’t like to step too close to the rear but is this an antique plow the plow itself isn’t antique made in hills do in New York we don’t know exactly how old it is but I would guess it’s probably fifty years old oh yeah the beam has you know just got made yesterday by our friend Paul Paisley and broke it in work you had a broken beam on your plow yeah I know it got rocky okay so we’re ready to pull it out here yep in the traditional method of plowing this could be a one-person operation but one of these horses is young and just learning to pull a plow it’s easier if one person drives the horses and another drives the plow with a horse and train this is hard work but it saves on noise pollution and fossil fuel we’ll be back at the Cobb Hill cohousing community later in the series to follow up the progress of their home construction find out more about using red wood decking on your remodeling project at Bob villa calm the entire trim on this house is made up of a product called Windsor one which is basically it’s an engineered lumber product it’s made from radiata pine native pine from California that’s now grown in many various parts of the world and it’s milled back up there what you’re looking at is the end here where you can see that it’s edge glued but it’s also finger jointed so it’s extremely stable very very stable out in nature it’s also been treated to you know withstand insect and it’s been primed which is the main thing cuz you don’t want to put your trim on and have it all swell up on you now Bob Riley is with us today and he’s gonna be giving Pat Cloutier a hand with assembling these tapered columns how much of a taper is on there Bob what does it go from top to bottom believe it’s seven and a quarter up top and ten and a half on the bottom and what we’re wrapping around is the six by six posts so that there will be some airway within the column itself right in this piece we’re putting on now has been been rabbeted out so that the other two pieces are going to fit right into it like a glove well in a minute we’re gonna watch how you put it all together piece by piece

hey no now I’m willing some shims up underneath it and pick it up really now Riley since it’s a tapered column and you can’t really put the level up against it how do you make sure it’s straight up and down how do you know this plumb well we’ve already done is with mark the Centers of the post-its in and now that we’ve got it the casing in place we’re going to find the center of it and line it up on all three sides top and bottom we’re going to do the bottom will pin the bottom when we got it where we like it and then we’ll do the same thing on the top good and there’s the mark at the top good okay well Bob can you and Pat show us what the rabbits involved here I have to do with creating the tapir so yeah we got one more to do over here now Reilly how are you gonna make a tapered cut using the fence on the little table saw there well basically we’re going to offset the piece of material that we want because we weren’t a straight edge that’s going to go through across the fence of the table saw but we don’t want a straight cut so what we’ll do is we’re Pat is you are going to inches there correct yes to get out our taper go ahead and hit yours so you’re using the second board just almost as a jig it’s exactly now this end here is 5/8 and that gives us the exact taper that we’re looking for when we pass it through the table saw okay so now we’re just going to do the other the same thing to the other side we pull these screws out now we use the same process to cut the narrower sides for the columns then we rabbet the edges of the two wider pieces with a dado blade to receive the two narrower pieces so they form a box I’ll let you finish cutting all four pieces before we assemble the box go to Bob Vila comm to learn more about building tapered columns all right well once we’ve got a good fat beat of carpenters glue on the rabbit we can just bring this one in like this okay I’m gonna line up my end up here yeah and then we’ll just shoot it together and now another beat on this side yeah let’s spin it around so we can get at it a little easier hey Bob you’re gonna want to long you’re a nut flush a little leftover glue here tell me when you’re all set all set okay still getting flush next we’ll attach the top trim pieces to the three sides of the box all right let’s see if she’s a fit you got so it’ll go in from the backside I hope and then you’ll attach the force forth piece from the outside nice job Pat we’re running out of time come home again next time we’re gonna be putting our hardwood floor down in the living room also Riley will be here to help us trim off the interior of the house till then I’m Bob Vila it’s good to have you home again for lots of information and resources for your home improvement project check out my website at Bob Vila calm

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