Two weeks ago we had a winter storm that caught everyone off guard. Looking at the addition feet of snow to the roof of the old cabin, I knew I could not ignore it for long. I climbed the roof each night after work and began shoveling trying to beat the possible collapse. Putting the dangers of falling through out of my mind, I continued to shovel the snow easing the creaking roof’s snow load. Later that week, the race was on as 6 inches of new snow was added to the roof with over a quarter of an inch of freezing rain. School was cancelled, so I had the day to remove the rest, and it took the day. On Friday, I had collapsed from exhaustion. On the morning of Saturday, I was sick and would remain so until Wednesday of the next week.
While I was in fevered sleep, I began to have lucid dreams of destroying the old cabin and replacing it with a well built pole barn shop. I desired to never have to climb the roof of the old cabin again. Sometimes it takes great adversity to motivate me to take risks to bring about the change that my wife and I desire and need. Out of this snow storm an idea was conceived to create a shop that would replace the old cabin. I have already begun the research to build a pole barn .
In the video above, I explain the importance of roof pitch when it comes to snow. I also share a little about why we did not build an earthship as we had planned because of the climate here. In the video I also explain why the chimney and vent pipes should be located close to the roof’s ridge. If you like the video, please subscribe to our channel on YouTube and give us a thumbs up; it encourages us to keep making them.