Thursday, March 5, 2015

Second Floor Framing Almost Complete

On Saturday, the framing to the second floor began. On Monday, the crew was back, hard at work, to get the second floor complete.

On Saturday, I noticed they marked the foundation with the curve that would be upstairs around the stairs. On Monday, they created the subfloor with that curve.

A lot of framing happened on the second floor. More rooms started taking shape.

The subfloor to the second floor that is over a hallway took shape on Monday, too. This was the first time I was seeing them use the metal brackets.

On Tuesday, they finished the second floor framing. The only thing left is the front wall to the closet at the front of the house.

You can see a small jut-out that will be subtle. To do this they went from 2x4 to 2x6.

The stairwell is visible now that it has walls.

And you can visualize the loft that is outside the kids' bedrooms.

There are also some different heights to the window headers I thought we would have to fix. Just like the first floor, I assumed all windows would be at the same height, no matter what their size. And that is still true for the second floor. So when I brought it to the framer's attention the varying heights of the headers, I learned something new. He said it didn't matter the height of the header, just as long as a header was there. So my windows have headers in varying heights, but the windows will all be the same height.

On Wednesday, we saw the biggest change. The kitchen ceiling has been left last to do.They knocked that out quickly Wednesday morning.

There was also a closet missing in the kitchen that finally got installed.

It will also serve as a wall for cabinets in the kitchen. I was so excited to see it up. It adds a lot to the space.

The master ceiling got its final ceiling beams put up on Wednesday.

And now I can claim the first floor framing to be complete.

But the exciting progress made was that we have the beginnings of a garage!

It now helps me see where the back porch is.

I don't think they are quite done with the garage, and we need to put ceiling beams in it.

We're one step closer to getting the trusses up to get a roof on this house. The framer estimates we will be ready for shingles in a week (provided we have good weather.)

And the window guy called to say my windows came in on Monday! Yay! Next up, it's time for me to order brick, shingles, bathtubs and a fireplace!

- Order brick (2 week lead time)
- Order shingles (1 day lead time)
- Order bathtubs (2 week lead time for tub not in-stock)
- Order fireplace (?? lead time) - the one I picked is an in-stock item
- Make final flooring selection (needed to stair height calculations)
- Get windows delivered to site (check with framer when he wants them)
- Get exterior doors delivered on site
- Finalize electrical placement (Lights, outlets, etc for final rough-in)
- Finalize plumbing (do I really want a wall-mount faucet?)

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