Saturday, May 7, 2016

Building our root cellar roof

In this video we document what it was like to put of a roof on (part of) our root cellar. Things didn't always go our way, but that's why building's all about being creative! A few things got in our way during the process--not enough materials, rain, SNOW! What we've learned in almost three years of being here is to just roll with the punches. Nothing's ever the end of the world. 

We're slowly transforming the landscape on our little piece of land in western Ukraine, and this is a marathon. Pace yourself. Realize that bad weather and mistakes are part of the process and be cool! :)


  1. In construction, especially in roofs, one must always think of water flow and allow for it.

    So, any lattice, or beams, going perpendicular to the slope of the roof are attached on *top* of beams going parallel to the slope of the roof, not directly to the roof surface (i.e the concrete in this case). By putting the perpendicular lattices on the level of the roof concrete you have created potential water dams, despite some "gaps" you mentioned (and water from blowing snow, rain or just condensation will enter at some point in time despite OSB and shingles over it -- trust me, water will find its way in). Any places where water can be stopped from flowing down the slope of the roof by those perpendicular beams on top of the concrete can eventually result in rot. I am not saying this a immediate concern, but eventually (maybe in a few years or in decades), someone will have to revisit this construction to deal with that issue.

    And 15cm OSB can support a 40 cm span for foot traffic, so the horizontal beams my not even have been necessary.

    Yes, I have built more than one roof. :-)

    1. Thanks for the input!

      The part where I showed the lattice and discussed water flow was just a temporary issue. I filmed that on a Sunday, the day before we were supposed to get some heavy rain. It rained and we didn't have any issues at all with it. I then covered the roof with OSB and shingles, and it's a non issue at this point.

      Good to know that 15 mm OSB can support foot traffic at a 40 cm span!

  2. Side note: While I was trying to be "helpful", after I pressed "Publish" I started to think, and then to reconsider my comment as a bit too preachy, and critical. And I still think that. I tend to layer my dialog on a bit thick at times. It it came across that way: Sorry.

    So, thanks for the kind, tolerant and thoughtful reply.

    All the best.