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Design: Solarium at Wheaton Labs: Design Conversation

 
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I was scrolling through Bee Harris's new bootcamp thread and spotted pictures of the solarium's progress!

Bee Harris wrote:

round wood support logs
Doing some work on the solarium



And, a few days after that...

Bee Haris wrote:Once we finished lunch, we started working on the solarium. Notching out for the rafters, and posts. This was my first experience with doing any kind of timber framing, and I enjoyed it! Though a bit tedious, it’s the type of work that suits me well.  Working with my hands and paying attention to detail. We spent the whole afternoon cutting, chiseling, and filing the notches in that beam. Almost done with with it now.

notching wood for round wood timber framing
Our notching progress


After lunch we worked on the solarium. Marking and cutting to give a level surface to notch for the rafters and marking the log for the depth of the rafter notches. Yesterday we managed to get the beam up and mounted on the garage side. We carriage bolted the beam to the 2x6’s on the inside.
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Here’s a video of Dez and Grey starting the cut to level a beam for the solarium.
[youtube]https://youtube.com/shorts/ni8pEdZbkOc[/youtube]

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First rafter put up there to check a roof angle



Magdalene also got some great pictures of the solarium work!

Magdalene Bolton wrote:

people building roundwood solarium
Putting in place the first beam on the solarium!


It's up!



And Grey got a video of installing the beam!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq5es1fYHto[/youtube]


And a some close ups from Dez of the installed beam!



 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I was scrolling through Bee Harris's new bootcamp thread and spotted pictures of the solarium's progress!


Hi Nicole, thank you for searching the Permies forum for interesting threads!
I do my best to follow the threads of all boots. Sometimes it takes some time to find a new one. Maybe there is a thread like this where you (Nicole. Or someone else) give the latest news on boots and their (new) Permies threads?
 
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With the big beam in place, the round wood frame of the design is complete.

Next up, dimensional lumber for the roof!

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Maybe there is a thread like this where you (Nicole. Or someone else) give the latest news on boots and their (new) Permies threads?


If you check the topic list] for Wheaton Labs regularly, you will see all the current boots' BRKs; however, not every boot chooses to start one.
 
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A quick question since I am thinking about designing a similar structure off of a barn. Are the rafters fastened to the beams at all? Or are they shrink-fit like the green mallet on a dry handle?
 
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You should definitely fasten the rafters directly, otherwise a strong wind could pull the roof off the structure.
 
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Metal roof went up today.

Jeremy VanGelder wrote:A quick question...
Are the rafters fastened to the beams at all?



Yes. They were drilled through and fastened to the round beam with 4 wood dowels: t2 at each end.
solarium-roof.jpg
Still needs flashing and a lot more screws
Still needs flashing and a lot more screws
 
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Thanks, Grey. It is looking really good!
 
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The garden master course is coming in january - almost ready!



from dez's thread
 
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From Dez's Bootcamp experience!

 
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Focusing in on some of the work...


 
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Ooooh, I just spotted this lovely snow-covered solarium picture in Jeff's BRK thread!

wood and glass solarium covered in snow
It's snow pretty!


And this one, also from Jeff's thread, showing the inside!

Inside the Solarium is ready for the Gardening event


 
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