Roof beams and interior framing

The roof package of lumber arrived, but not without some drama. The truck delivering the beams, the longest one a 52 foot Glulam beam, somehow slid off the road, dumped a load of 16′ long 2×4’s and the 5/8″ roof sheathing onto the road, and messed up his truck a bit on a tree. Luckily the GLB’s that are exposed in the house were not messed up.

The framers installed the beams with a crane, and got part of the roof joists up. We also started framing the basement interior walls. L (the wife) and I framed about half the basement today, and will finish up tomorrow. We are doing all the interior, non bearing wall framing ourselves.

We also got the stone for the chimney stack delivered.

Floor plates for basement rooms.

Floor plates for basement rooms.

Rigid insulation on interior basement walls.

Rigid insulation on interior basement walls.

Roof, porch and deck beams poking out.

Roof, porch and deck beams poking out.

L running the mitre saw for basement walls. Didn't get one cut wrong!

L running the mitre saw for basement walls. Didn’t get one cut wrong!

southwest patio roof beams.

southwest patio roof beams.

porch beam

Front porch overhang beam.

Roof lumber waiting to go up.

Roof lumber waiting to go up.

private iiving area roof joists . Photo by Mike the framing foreman.

Private living area roof joists . Photo by Mike the framing foreman.

 

Stone for chimney stack

Stone for chimney stack

 

 

Wall framing is done.

The framing crew worked all week and completed the wall framing.

Next week they will set posts, bring in a crane to set beams and then install the joists that make up the roof.

I’m going to install some rigid insulation in the basement tomorrow so I can start framing those walls….I’m tired…but not as tired as my awesome friends lucydrewblogforyou.blogspot.com  (WAY TO GO!!!) who did the Breck Epic mountain bike race…here are some pictures of the house project  🙂

South wall from below at driveway.

South wall from below at driveway.

Storm over Deer Creek Reservoir.

Storm over Deer Creek Reservoir.

Panoramic made with my I-phone...this is not so good.

Panoramic made with my I-phone…this is not so good.

North and South wall erected.

North and South wall erected.

Window and sliding door openings to the deck with view to south.

Window and sliding door openings to the deck with view to south.

East wall and entry.

East wall and entry.

North wall being built.

North wall being built.

Finishing floors before the exterior walls are built…say whaaaat!

We decided to pour the concrete over the main subfloor before framing the house. This was done so the concrete contractor could power trowel and burnish the floor without any walls or corners in the way as this will be the finish floor for the house, other than a couple areas where the floor will have tile.

Once again, I snapped the chalk lines on the green concrete to make saw cuts, right as I finished it started raining lightly, but luckily, the storm only brushed by and didn’t wash off the chalk before I returned with the concrete saw.

I made a mistake in my hurry to get the lines snapped, rent the saw and get back to do the work, so I have a line that is not square, and am very disappointed in myself. Once you start cutting concrete, you can’t really just change your mind and fix it.

Now I have to figure out how to protect the floors from the framers and all the other trades. I can’t seal it for at least a week or so. I’m going to try covering it with some large rolls of thick vinyl wallpaper I bought at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. There will be more on that later in the blog.  http://www.habitat.org/restores  

Framing the rest of the house resumes on Monday.

The powder room and kitchen floor concrete was left about 5/8" low to allow for tile to meet the fiished concrete on the same plane.

The powder room and kitchen floor concrete was left about 5/8″ low to allow for tile to meet the finished concrete on the same plane.

Great room looking northeast

Great room looking northeast

 A look at the concrete that will be the finished floor in most of the house.

A look at the concrete that will be the finished floor in most of the house. It should appear more even after curing and then cleaning all the dust and footprints off. On the other hand, it’s concrete, and one has to expect the gradations, cracking, and imperfections, like natural wood, no two pieces are alike 🙂

Looking south across the floor.

Looking south across the great room floor.

Pumping concrete in the morning sun.

Pumping concrete in the morning sun.

Framing! This is good :-)

So the framers started laying sill plates on Thursday, busted their ass! Continued Friday and were willing to come work Saturday morning to get enough sheeting on that I could lay bottom plates for interior walls over the weekend….HUGE Kudos to the framing crew with Greylight Construction in Midway for going the extra mile and working on Saturday!!! This allows me and my son Max to get the interior walls laid out and bottom plates on for radiant heat tubing and a concrete pour on Thursday.

While they were doing the floor we finished up the second level of gabion retaining walls. All done!

Just as we snapped about half the chalk lines on the floor for the walls the storm clouds came over, rained enough to wash away the chalk lines, and gave us the opportunity to do them again. After the rain, and we waited for it to dry, we finished up the chalk lines, ran to the local Ace Hardware and grabbed some lacquer to spray over the chalk lines. Started spraying and it started raining…… Hopefully they are there in the morning for us to nail down the plates.

It hasn't really rained for 2 months, but once we get some floor sheeting in, it rains...go figure.

It hasn’t really rained for 2 months, but once we get some floor sheeting in, it rains…go figure.

Floor joists. 3-1/2" I-joists to hold 3" of standard concrete flooring.

Floor joists. 3-1/2″ I-joists to hold 3″ of standard concrete flooring.

Second level of gabion retaining walls finished. Glad we had a skid steer to do this.

Second level of gabion retaining walls finished. Glad we had a skid steer to do this.

I got some good help from my son Max today filling gabions and working on the floor layout. He'll be cutting floor plates tomorrow.

I got some good help from my son Max today filling gabions and working on the floor layout. He’ll be cutting floor plates tomorrow.

Framing started

Framing started today…3 days after it was supposed to. I do not understand how these things go so off schedule. Despite this delay, I am excited to see the house begin to look more like a house than just some concrete int he ground!

The crew worked hard to get the sill plates and ledgers up, despite some issues caused by the foundation crew. These things can happen and you need to find ways to work around them, but it would sure be nice if more attention was paid to details that affect other aspects of the build.

Pictures below, I’m too tired to go on and on.

Crew working on the bearing wall.

Crew working on the bearing wall.

Main bearing wall for the floor and that transfers to load to the roof support.

Main bearing wall for the floor and that transfers to load to the roof support.

When the anchor bolts are set too low to put the bolt on above the sill plate, we'll be drilling and adding epoxy.

When the anchor bolts are set too low to put the bolt on above the sill plate, we’ll be drilling and adding epoxy.

When a foundation wall id so out of plumb, that the floor needs a steel angle iron to support the bearing wall....

When a foundation wall id so out of plumb, that the floor needs a steel angle iron to support the bearing wall….