Framing

Staging Materials

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Engineered floor and roof trusses arrive at the site.

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Additional materials are dropped on the lot across the street and covered to protect from the predicted rain.

Days 1 & 2 – Basement Walls, Floor Trusses and Rain

While performing the various energy analyses, it was determined that the exterior walls needed to be constructed with 2 x 6 dimensional lumber to allow for R22 Blow-In-Blanket insulation. Floor trusses, wall studs, and roof trusses will all be spaced 24” on center and stacked so that less wood is used. Less wood in the exterior walls allows for more insulation, which will result in a higher R-value for the wall assembly. All interior walls will be framed with 2 x 4 dimensional lumber.

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Framing begins in the Basement with the load bearing walls. View from the E. side looking to the Southwest.

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View from the E. side looking to the West.

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View from the E. side looking to the Northwest.

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Close up view of the engineered floor trusses.View from the E. side looking to the West. Day 3 - Floor Decking, Main Level Walls and RainWhile the OSB floor decking is installed on floor trusses, the Garage walls are framed and erected. View from the Southwest.

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Since the Garage will not be insulated, these walls are framed with 2 x 4 lumber. Studs are at 24” on center to use less wood. View from the North, looking Southwest.

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The Main Level floor is installed with the opening for the stairway to the basement at the center of the photo, in front of the forklift. 2 x 6 lumber for wall plates is placed around the perimeter to facilitate wall construction. View from the North, looking toward the Southwest.

As a result of our energy analysis, it was determined that an insulated sheathing product was needed to increase the R-value of the wall assembly.  ½” thick Dow STYROFOAM SIS™ Brand Structural Insulated Sheathing (SIS) with a 3.0 R-value was selected. STYROFOAM SIS combines structural lateral bracing, insulation and water-resistive barrier properties. It eliminates the need for wood structural panels and housewrap, wood let-in bracing or metal T-bracing. In addition, this sheathing is designed to lower the installed cost by appling structural support, insulation and a water-resistive barrier with fewer trips around the house.

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Since the Garage will not be insulated, the North and South walls have ½ OSB sheathing. An engineered Garage door beam is installed on the West wall. View from the Northwest.

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Wall sheathing was applied to the Main Level walls prior to their erection. View from the Northeast.

 

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Sheathing is being applied to Basement walls. View from the East, looking Northwest.

By the end of Day 3, the Garage walls and part of the exterior house walls are erected.

Day 4 – More Walls and More Rain

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Entry and Kitchen walls. View from the inside looking Southwest.

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Applying sheathing to the East Living Room wall. View from the inside looking South.

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Standing the East Living Room wall. View from inside, looking Southeast.

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Standing the East Living Room wall. View from the Southeast, looking Northwest.

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Almost up. View from the inside.

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Almost up. View from the outside.

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In place and braced. View from the inside, looking Southeast.

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All exterior walls of house are up and braced. View from the Southeast.

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View from the South.

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View from the Southwest.

 

By the end of Day 4, the Garage roof trusses are in place and all of the exterior house walls are erected.

Day 5 – Roof Trusses

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Applying OSB sheathing to the Garage gable. View looking East.

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Roof trusses on the house and OSB sheathing on the North gable. View from the Northeast.

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Since there is a vaulted ceiling on the South end of the house, the Dow STYROFOAM SIS is used as sheathing. View from the Southwest.

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Soffit and housewrap on the North side of the Garage. View from the Northwest.

By the end of Day 5, all the roof trusses are in place. 

Day 6 – Roof Decking, Soffits, and Fascia

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Roof decking on Garage and on Front of house. View from the Southwest.

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Soffit and fascia on the front porch, South and East sides of the house. View from the South.

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Roof decking and trusses. View from the inside looking North.

Day 7 – Sunshine, Roof Decking, Soffits, Fascia, and Interior Walls

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Sunlight in the attic from roof trusses that are not yet covered with decking on the East side of the house. View of the Garage attic from inside the house.

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Living Room East wall. View looking East from the inside.

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Framing for interior walls. View looking Northeast from the Entry toward the Master Bedroom.

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North wall of the Living Room adjacent to the attic. Styrofoam SIS sheathing applied to the attic side of the wall. View looking North.

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Bottom run of the Basement stairs being constructed. View looking North.

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All the roof decking on the West side of the house is complete. View from the Southwest.

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All the roof decking on the East side is complete, except over the Deck and the Dining area. The engineered beam for Deck roof is in place and braced. View from the East.

Day 8 – Stairs and Deck Roof

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The bottom run of the Basement stairs with temporary treads. View looking down from the Main Level.

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Deck roof complete. View from the Northeast.

Day 9 – Attic Walls, Roof over Dining Area and Soffits

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Attic walls adjacent to the vaulted ceiling in the Living Room and Hall. View from the Master Bedroom.

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Front porch soffit / ceiling. View from the South.

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Dining area roof. View from the South.

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All the interior walls are complete. View looking Northeast from the Kitchen toward the Master Bedroom.

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All the soffits and fascia are complete on the East side. Plumbing vent pipes and holes for tubular skylights are in the roof. View from the Northeast.

Day 10 – Kitchen and Basement Walls

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Kitchen wall and Breakfast Bar wall. View from the Hall.

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Basement walls completed. View from the Future Family Room toward Future Bedroom 4.

Basement walls completed. View from the Future Family Room toward Future Bedroom 3.

By the end of Day 10, Framing is complete.

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