Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Raise the Roof

Check out the video footage of our roof going on the house. We used SIP's that were 10 inches thick for our roof. Each individual panel comes from the SIP factory cut to the correct size. It is then hooked to a crane that lifts it into place on the roof. The framing crew then screws the panels into place to lock it in.

The whole house took about 7 days for all the wall panels and roof (the crew also framed in all interior walls during that time as well). Most of the roof panels were installed while it was pouring rain but they got the job done! They were a fantastic framing crew. We were just so impressed with the speed and accuracy at which the panels went up

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Inside and Out

So here's the run down of what went down this week at our house

1. Framers finished the interior framing and the exterior porches
2. Columns on the porches were framed in to await stone work
3. Electrical box and meter for the electrical company were installed
4. Windows went in through out the whole house
5. Plumbing was roughed in and two tubs were installed
5. Aspalt shingles were started on the roof
6. Supply runs started for the HVAC system
7. Delivery of our boulders for a retaining wall

So many exciting things happened this week on the house. It is so hard to believe that over the last month the house has gone from this...

To this...

This is how the house looked at the beginning of the week before the front porch was finished

These are the windows on either side of the fireplace in the living room

Check out our new mudroom entry! The roof mimicks the front porch roof and it will have 2 columns

This is a view looking up at the front porch. I love how inviting the porch feels now that it is almost complete

Our shingles for the roof have already gone on the house and are looking great! The color is Georgetown Grey by CertainTeed Landmark series.

We are loving how the fireplace is looking so far. We will have bookcases built in on either side of the fireplace and hopefully we will mount a TV on the wall on top.

Check out our master closet! Its about 7.5 feet by 10 feet and we have big plans for utilizing the cathedral ceilings in that room for lots of storage

Here is our side entry door off the mudroom. It is a fiberglass door by Jeld-wen and it is stain able so we can make it any color we want. We added the dentil shelf detail to keep with the craftsman feel

Yes sir, thats the view of our ceiling in our master bedroom! 14 amazing feet tall

This isn't the most interesting photo but its the start of the HVAC system going in

Plumbing lines in the ceiling leading all around the house. We are using PEX plumbing lines which are flexible and durable

More exciting photos of plumbing lines in the floor joists!

The red lines are for hot water and the blue for cold water, I figured you knew this but I thought I would mention it anyway

Plumbing lines in the master bathroom and you can see one of the heat vents that will peek out under the vanity cabinet

Our new boulders. They are blue and red granite and weigh about 8,000 pounds all together!

As we have learned not everything goes as planned with building a house. Some how one of the basement windows were broken but no fear it will be replaced next week

Check it out! Its looking so awesome! Front porch is all framed in and is just waiting for the asphalt shingles to go on.

It really looks like home. Soon we will have the siding on, the columns on the front porch will get their stone and then the front door will complete the front of the house.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Puzzle is almost Complete

Our house is really feeling like it is coming together. Last week all the exterior walls went up for the first and second floor as well as many of the roof panels. The framing crew also framed a lot of the interior walls. It really was a drastic transformation to see the second floor go up, it looks like our concept house and our blueprints!

The SIP started going up on a Wednesday and we were hoping that all the walls and roof would be completed on the following Wednesday but you know what? When you are building a home from the ground up, some things don't go as planned.

We had a different crane operator on the second day of the roof panel installation and to put it nicely, he didn't know what he was doing. Our framing crew sent him home after only 30 minutes of driving the crane. That meant the crew couldn't do any more with the roof that day so they did a bit more interior framing , fixed the fireplace mantle that was incorrect (more on that later) and they also were able to put sealing tape around the SIP joints on the interior of the house.

I must admit I was very disappointed to learn that last Thursday and Friday not much happened on the house. But no one could plan for the crane operator being incompetent. So for this week number one priority is getting the roof on and possibly shingled. Then the big front porch will go on and the doors and windows can go in.

Lets check out last weeks progress, I promise you will be impressed...


First floor done and the second floor starting to take shape

A sunny view of the house. Master bedroom is at the rear of the house and you can see the kitchen bump out area down on the main floor

The crane lifting one of the first roof panels on the master bedroom

The crew setting the other side of the roof panel on the master bedroom

More lovely roof panels going in. So sweet!

Each panel is then drilled in place with large washers and 12 inch screws.

From the road you could see the roof panels being hoisted way above the house to be lower into place

This is a view of the ridge beam (roof support beam) in place and the roof panels sitting over top of it.

We love the deep over hangs of the roof. Such a nice craftsman home detail

Another view of the master bedroom panel going on. You can also see the bathroom dormer on the right side

Very thankful we had a great crane operator the first day because those roof panels are hanging precariously above our future home


This is a great view of the front of the house with so much done! Now we just need the roof on the dormers

Really taking shape and so much more to show next week!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Oh yeah, We have Walls!

What an exciting week! I can't believe Kyle had to be out of town for work this past week while so much was happening! I updated him everyday, sometimes several times with photos so he could enjoy all the progress too.

So to recap this week, we now have... framing in interior walls in the basement and the first floor. We also have exterior walls up for the entire first floor and the start of the second story. It looks like a house now. I know that may sound like I am stating the obvious but for the first time, I could picture my self in it, living in it. It was a pretty powerful moment to realize that I was looking at the walls that will keep us safe and warm. I was walking in the room that will one day (soon please!) be my kitchen.

So lets check out the photos...

This is actually just the first day of framing and SIP installation. A four man crew got almost all of the first floor exterior walls up and prior to that they had to put the floor joist in.

This is the morning before the walls went up. First the crew framed the basement interior, then they installed the floor joists. This is my favorite vantage point to take photos from (on a giant dirt pile at the back of the house)

You are standing in the basement of the house for this view. Looking up you can see the floor joists that support the first floor. Off to the left of the photo you can see the opening for the staircase to the main level.

Half of the flooring joists are in for this photo.

Then later in the afternoon, the walls were already up! This photo is looking at the back of the house. Towards the left we can see part of the dining room door opening. Continuing to the right we have the office with two windows in the corner, then the laundry room, the the bathroom.

The framing crew setting the SIP exterior wall in place for the living room.

This view is from the side of the house looking at the dining room and the office on the corner. You can also see the daylight windows at the back of the house.

Close up of the SIP "sandwiches". You can easily see the ridged foam for the middle and the OSB for the exterior and interior of the wall panels.

Look at all our wall panels! The panels were labeled with our job number and also the panel number for where each panel would go. The plans come from the company with a master plan and all the panels fit like a well insulated puzzle.

See panel number G7? That panel is going to be the exterior wall at the back of the house in our master bedroom!

View of the dining room french door opening. To the left will be the living room and to the right, the office.

My mom and I stood back to admire the progress on the house.

Now the house is all wrapped up and waiting for the second floor and roof.

Another view of the dining room, now with the exterior wrap on.

In the forefront of the photo you can see the 2nd floor wall panels waiting for installation next week.

Some of the interior framing has started as well. That was a surprise to us, we knew the exterior walls were going up but we didn't realize the interior framing was as well. It makes sense that the interior would happen then as well for the flow of the job.

View from the living room towards the kitchen. No roof yet, should be up in 2 days.

This is a view of the kitchen windows looking out on the most beautiful green wildflowers and trees. Makes me almost excited to wash dishes with a view like that.

How the house looks as of this weekend. Tomorrow the second floor with go up and the house will be transformed again. Always changing and everyday looking more like a home.