Ok, I'm sure the next big step was actually to take a whole bunch of measurements, come up with a plan, and start cutting boards, but we're skipping all of that.
Eh. He's Uncle Steve - he's got to know what he's doing. Right?
Of course, I caught Uncle Steve standing on the very top of the little ladder many times...
They cut into the side of the house to provide a stable place to put up the support. The cool thing was that you could see the backside of the plaster laths and keys with the siding gone:And the lack of insulation - but who needs insulation? Right?
With the support beam in place, the rafters started going up: