Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Trusses Are Up, the Roof is Next

The trusses, ceiling joists, etc. are up!!!  Hooray!! Hurrah!!!

These are the ceiling joists and trusses before

These are  the ceiling joists and trusses after 


MM calls this wood San Juan Chin.  It is a very hard, dense wood that termites do not attack.  That is very important here in the tropics.  Termites can destroy a property in a very short time-space.  Once this wood dries you cannot nail it without drilling a hole first.

This is the roof system from the ground

If you are wondering why so many pictures of the trusses, it is because I am so very, very proud of my little Honduran Honey  Bun and Marvin and Jose. These are not prefab, machine-made structural components.   Macho Man is a Master Carpenter, but all his adult experience has been on cruise ships and yachts, not houses.  Marvin and Jose are getting a lot of OJT.  The three of them have constructed the roof support system with a carpenter's square, fishing line, hammers and nails, and a table saw.  Yet, look how precise it is all  put together, how perfectly aligned it is.  It is truly magnificent.  It is a work of art. 

This is my new roof, before.  The after pictures will come next week.  My BIL is going to try to come next week and bring some helpers.  If they come it will certainly speed things up
These are my door and window frames, and even my doors.  Part of this may even become part of the ceiling.  The wood is Rosita.  It  has a beautiful grain.  It is another dense,  heavy hardwood.  Once you get a nail into it, you can't take it back out.  It is also too hard for termites to chew. 

This house is truly a house built out of love.  To me, not even the Taj Mahal is more beautiful.  The best part is that when it is finished, the house is paid for.  It cannot be foreclosed on.  It cannot be repossessed.  It is ours.  Thank you, Macho Man.

We are blessed. 


  1. Wow, it's really coming along now. Looks amazing!

  2. AWESOME!!! :) i am plannign to start construccion on my little house in Honduras soon! :) greeting from Vancouver, CAnada

  3. Welcome, Carolina. I am glad you like the blog. Where in Honduras will you be building?

  4. Looks like your new house is coming along very well. Your new house seems huge. How many rooms are there? It also looks like a sturdy combination of wood, concrete and stone! I bet it would look awesome once it's all finished.

    Eugene Head

  5. I’m pretty sure Marvin and Jose learned a lot from this house-building experience! They should thank Mr. Macho Man for all the things they’ve learned! Well, it looks like they did a pretty good job with the trusses. It looks quite sturdy. Good color choice too! The red roof would certainly make your house stand out. I’m sure that all is finished by this time. Hope to see some pix. Keep us posted!

    -Becky Steele

  6. More photos please! I'd like to see the finale of that house. You certainly know a lot about carpentry. The choices of woods and roof sheets are extremely an A+. I bet those pesky termites will need a dental checkup once they chew on those hard woods. Hahaha. By the way, I love the color and style of that roof.

    Danielle Bailey