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I helped put my self through the U of W (BA in History 1994) by framing houses. After graduation, I found that framing paid a lot better than most history jobs and I enjoyed working out of doors.
When it came time to buy a home with some acreage, I found my dollar went a lot further in Kittitas County then in King so I purchased a house and some acreage in Easton but continued to work in western Washington.
Eight years of driving from Easton to the west side, with snow falling and gas prices rising was enough for me. So we have decided to pull up the stakes and move the operation to Kittitas County. We also continue to do some jobs in King County.
My neighbor was building a metal barn the same year so I pitched in and helped him also.
Three years ago we built our own home in Easton and got acquainted with all the central cascades have to offer: snow, sunshine, mountains, rivers, the building department, snow loads, and building through the winter. After I finished my first roof in the winter, my knees were so banged up from falling that I could hardly walk.
I have included a few pictures of that project to give you an idea of what I am talking about.
Three stories of stairs, I should have moved the piano with the truss truck.
Shoveling snow, 4 hrs; de-icing, 2 hrs; laying tin, 2 hrs; being done, priceless.