Monday, April 10, 2006

Hello Walls

I can't believe it! We have some walls! There were days when I wasn't sure this would ever happen. A great friend came and helped us frame too so we had good company and good weather; on Sunday at least. Saturday crapped out for the most part due to the weather although Allen and I did manage to shoot some elevations on the floor (to see how level it was) and to build up some T posts and stuff. The floor was pretty close. We did have to shim 3 or 4 of the steel posts under the house. Then we quit early to go to a gallery opening in Birmingham, so we had a nice evening.
We got a good start Sunday morning though and like I said, the weather was just beautiful. As I'm sure you can figure out, we put the wall together and sheathed it while it was laying on the floor and the stood the whole thing up. This is the west wall that will contain the guest bedroom and bath. It was pretty heavy but we got it up fine. I know what you're probably thinking about those windows but they are not completely framed in yet. We could not make our mind up about how tall we want them so we have left the bottom framing out until we decide. That's easy to put in later.
That big opening there will be a pair of windows. It kind of looks like a door right now.
This is later in the day and we have gotten the pantry (on the left) framed and are working on the wall that seperates these rooms from the living room and kitchen. It's one long, straight wall so it was pretty easy. We have to do a little framing for the bathroom and then the rest of it is mostly exterior walls. This side has a very open floor plan to help with air flow.
The sun's almost going down on us but we did manage to stand that last wall up. I thought I had a picture of that but I guess not. I'm hoping we might get to do a little work on it during the week but we are still pretty busy wth our real jobs. I am about to leave now and go to Birmingham and help Allen pour a slab on his job etc. etc. How did life get so busy?

9 comments:

Shannon O in Oneonta said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I had no idea being a voyeur could be so much fun! Really though, great progress!

pablo said...

When is the housewarming party?

What is the open space at the bottom of the walls? Some architect/builder secret no doubt.

edifice rex said...

Thank you Shannon! I'm glad you enjoy the blog!

Hey Pablo! Well, you may be disappointed to find out it's only where we left off the last run of plywood sheathing because that run will extend down over the outer band of the floor joists and it's just easier to leave it off when you stand the wall up. And since it's on the bottom, its not hard to do later.

Rurality said...

Wow you got a lot done! It's looking great.

edifice rex said...

Thanks Karen!

Ted said...

Hey, shouldn't that plywood be staggered???
Ane who nailed all those studs on the wrong side of the X? Hope to see you two this Saturday. T

edifice rex said...

Hey Ted! Yeah, maybe we'll make you saw man this weekend!

Floridacracker said...

Now it's really starting to look like a house. This is really something, congrats on your hard work paying off!

edifice rex said...

Thanks FC! There is lots more hard work to come too, but it's fun!