With the house enclosed and roofed, it was time to install plumbing and electrical. With the help of Steve Long, in charge of plumbing, and Johnny Parker and Mackenzie Stagg, in charge of wiring, we were able to get everything from flexpipe to dryer exhaust ducts to breaker boxes in the walls in a little over a week, insulating as we went to save time and be ready for drywall as soon as possible.
While we had help on the interior of the house from staff, we were able to focus our attention on putting up the corrugated metal siding. Beginning with the eastern elevation, we worked our way around the back of the house, being careful to always think several steps ahead and conserve our limited siding. On the gable ends, we of course had to cut the panels to the slope of the roof, but the pressure to saw them perfectly was significantly lessened thanks to our fascia detail; the panels simply slid between the fascia and the house, hiding the potentially nasty cuts.
We continued to focus on the exterior, specifically the porches, in the week that followed, since it was finally time for drywall. Tanner focused his attention on the front porch trim and benches which are suspended between the columns, providing both seating and privacy. Meanwhile, Whitney, Caleb, and Samuel went to work on painting and installing the soffit on the porches and the back eave.