Framing The Dormers

Framing The Dormers

Guess who’s in town visiting from France for a month? It’s my brother, A.K.A. free-labor. Catch his surprise talent showcase: nineteen seconds into this video.

Brothers hard at workRead more here: us here:

Justin (my younger brother) wanted to get some experience building, so I put him straight to work. He helped me pre-cut all of the wood to frame the shed dormers and then assemble it.

Shed dormers framedRead more here: us here:

Shed dormers framedRead more here: us here:

 I used the opportunity to teach him a few lessons. I hope I wasn’t too hard on him, I fear he might go on strike…

Lesson #1: Be Safe.

Since we have the same worrying mother, I had to make sure he was protecting his eyes and ears. Well, at least one ear…

Safety firstRead more here: us here:

Lesson #2: Read The  Plans.

Which is not that easy when you come from a country that uses the metric system.

Justin trying to decypher house plansRead more here: us here:

Lesson #3: How to Use Power Tools.

One can’t be satisfied just learning how to use a nail gun, one has to do it with class.

How nailguns were meant to be usedRead more here: us here:

Lesson #4:  Never Trust Your Older Brother

Or he might discreetly make fun of you on the timelapse pictures.

Field GoalRead more here: us here:

Lesson #5: Never Trust Your Younger Brother.

Or he might discreetly make fun of your timelapse videos.

Justin showing his best side (I'm talking about the hair you perv)Read more here: us here:

Joke’s on me…




  1. Rich
    March 22, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Working by moonlight I see. I was wondering if you could shed a little light on a dormer question I have. Specifically, why did you start framing your dormer on the second stud/steeper pitched rafter? Why not start it at the end of the house? I’m sure there is a good answer for this, as I’ve seen multiple builds with this feature, but I can’t find anything that explains why.

    • March 22, 2015 / 10:43 pm

      Because that’s what the plans called out. It’s more difficult (though I didn’t know that at that point), but I think it’s also much, much prettier!

      • Rich
        March 26, 2015 / 7:40 am

        Yea it looks great! Having no back round in construction I just didn’t know if there was a structural issue that I was unaware of that was solved by this method. Thanks for the quick reply!

  2. September 17, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    Haha, your brother is a hoot. 😉

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