For the last six months, JLC's Coastal Connection has been following Thompson Johnson Woodworking's progress as the Peaks Island, Maine, contractor undertook a complete, ground-up renovation of an old vacation home. Most of our coverage has focused on high-performance energy-efficient envelope details. But the structural problems the house presented were, if anything, even more challenging than the energy issues. And completing the job with appropriate, high-quality exterior cladding and trim details has also turned into an interesting story.
Here we follow along as the site crew applies custom trim elements at the roof eave. In keeping with the home's history, its island setting, and its relatively plain form, the new trim package uses flat boards applied in a simple built-up style with a Craftsman feel (see slideshow).
But in laying out and applying that relatively simple package, the crew have themselves to thank for investing their time and energy in straightening out the home's sagging, racked, twisted and leaning frame in the early stages of the job (see "Island House Makeover: Re-Framing the Roof," Coastal Connection 1-12-15) . In the photo above, we see project lead Mark Pollard and carpenter Shane Fenton straining to pull the decrepit old frame into some semblance of regular form last winter. The building was as far as six inches out of whack when they started demolition, Pollard says. This spring, as the crew laid out its trimwork, the remaining discrepancies in the roof and wall rough framing amounted to less than a half inch — a manageable problem which could be readily worked out with a little forethought.