East Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity

The six of us spent two weeks building in Port Townsend, Washington beginning in the last week of April. We were the only care-a-vanners during that time so we worked mostly with each other and the Americorps crew leaders though we had the pleasure of having future homeowner Katy on site a couple days. Our first two days were spent largely finishing up small framing projects such as building the kitchen half wall, routing out windows, adding blocking, and cutting fascia tails; the rest of the week was spent largely air sealing the interior and exterior as well as insulating the exterior with rigid foam board. Once we had the shell sealed, insulated, wrapped, and taped we moved onto door and window installation and flashing. And finally we began the long process of siding trim and the siding itself, which brought us to the conclusion of our time there. It was one of those stages in construction where it doesn’t seem like much progress is being made but in hindsight you realize all that was done. Overall, it was great to spend so much time with our friends (we three couples all live in different states) and get to build together again. Our only disappointment was that Dave, Tom, and I didn’t get to reprise our shingling team since the affiliate subbed out roofing to a contractor, but then again we didn’t end up with any utility knife incidents so maybe it worked out for the best.