We have had a very productive month here at Field of Faithfulness Farm. The concrete spread footings were excavated and poured, the structural columns were installed and aligned, and we're progressing with the structural beams. Check out the video update and photos below for more details:
We designed and built forms to pour the concrete footers around each column.
Next, the elevations were measured and marked and each column was cut to the appropriate height.
Then came the exciting challenge of installing the 8" x 16" x 34' ridge beam, which consists of six 8" x 8" segments. Each segment was installed individually using a rail/slide system.
The ridge beam was secured to the columns with heavy duty galvanized steel connectors, and the top segments were joined to the bottom segments with #5 rebar to prevent differential bending.
After the ridge beam was completed, we installed the lower beams that support the lofts and have started installing the outer porch beams, which support the outside edge of the roof.
Overall we have been very excited and encouraged by the overall progress in the past two months. Stay tuned for future developments as we walk in faithfulness and see what YHVH has ahead for us. Psalm 127:1a "Unless YHVH builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."