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I’ve been framed!

Building the back wall The framing of the garage started on Thursday and continued through Friday. After a bunch of prep work and measuring, they framed up the back wall of the garage which has a door and three windows. They built the main part of the wall flat on the floor and then used their forklift to hoist it into place, nailing it to the sill plate.


Hoisting the wall Hoisting the wall

The weather really treated us well and the rain stopped before 6:00 am on Friday morning. The day turned beautiful and the framing started up again around 7:30. They framed up the end exterior wall and then continued around the corner to the entry door and two of the three garage doors. They couldn’t do the last door yet (the one closest to the house) because they’ll have to remove the roof of the existing garage for that to happen and they weren’t ready to do that yet.

Going around the corner Two of three doors completed!

The main support beam for the garageSome time around noon, the beam was delivered that will span the garage. Wayne (Co-Del Construction) found a used beam from a building that was getting ripped apart in Red Lion, and he saved us a bunch of money by doing that. They’re planning on putting the beam up Monday or Tuesday, I think.


After lunch, they framed up the internal walls and then started putting the sheathing on the exterior walls and it really started to look like an actual building. By the time they left for the day, they had all the exterior walls covered and had framed around as far as they could go at this stage.

Exterior sheathing Look! Real walls! It almost looks like an actual garage!

Big garage doorsOur garage doors are oversized and standing next to one made that quite evident. I should have no trouble parking my M1 Abrams tank in the garage, which is good because I hate leaving it out in the rain.


So… here’s the final shot from up the bank at the end of the garage. Things are really shaping up!Shaping up!

Foundation Stuff

No more garage door!Last week was a busy week. I didn’t do any updates because a lot of the work was not particularly interesting from a picture standpoint. Now that it’s all done and some additional foundation work was done, there are plenty of pictures that show the progress much better.

Inside the garageThey finished all the block work for both the garage wing and the master bedroom wing. In the process, we had to lose one of our garage doors because they had to cut a huge chunk out of the concrete floor to run some pipes and tie in that part of the existing floor to the new floor of the new garage.  The second picture is on the other side of the no-longer-existing garage door.

Losing the garage piece by piece

As you can see, they also removed the bottom half of the wall at the end of the existing garage. That was a really bizarre sight to see when I got home that day. They didn’t remove the entire wall for a couple reasons, one of them being weather. The other reason is that the electrical panel is on that wall and they’re not ready to have that moved yet.

Master bedroom wing foundation wallThe master bedroom wing block walls are all done as well. In this picture, they’re not quite done, but they were the next day. They ran short of the right kind of block for the rest of the top row (on the right side of the picture). They only needed about twelve more blocks. Doh! But now that is all done and it’s about ready to have the floor poured as soon as some electrical fixtures are set up for an in-floor outlet in the library.

Future computer room door Back inside the garage they also removed all the drywall and the plywood from the attic space. They knocked out the back wall and framed it out for the pocket door that will lead from a hallway into the computer room. That was another disconcerting scene to see when I got home, though I didn’t notice it when I walked past the first time. The second time, I did a jump-back, wide-eyed double-take when I noticed it!

They poured the entire new garage floor on Monday, April 13th starting very early in the morning. The floor took just over two truck loads of concrete. For the third load, they got enough to pour the computer room floor as well, so now two out of three foundation floors are all poured and ready to go!

First truck load of the day!

First truck load of the day!

Spreading the concrete around

Spreading the concrete around

Finishing it up

Finishing it up

Computer room foundation

Computer room foundation


Now the house won't be stolen!

Lori engraved our names in one corner of the garage floor, including a 2014 penny for the year we bought the property and a paw print for the cats. I told Lori I thought it was a good idea to have our names engraved on it so nobody could steal the house.

Just for good measure, Yoda inspected the new garage floor and seemed to approve. Time to frame it up!

Yoda approves.

More block walls

Back corner of house

Back corner of house – garage and computer room

The block walls around the garage and the computer room are all finished. The masons were working on the master bedroom wing walls today and are almost finished there as well. They won’t be around on Thursday and it’s supposed to rain on Friday, so we may have to wait until next week to see all the walls completed.

Other things will probably happen during that time, but we don’t know exactly what yet.

Computer room

Computer room

Computer room

Computer room

Master bedroom wing

Master bedroom wing

Master bedroom wing

Master bedroom wing

Master bedroom wing

Master bedroom wing

Master bedroom wing - Fireplace/Porch bump out

Master bedroom wing – Fireplace/Porch bump out

Soda storage!

Soda storage!

 

Building up!

Garage wing block walls!

Imagination!Today is the first day we were building up rather than down. The block arrived this morning and the masons all but finished laying the block for the garage wing. It was exciting seeing the beginning stages of the walls, including the locations of the doors.  Up until this point, all this stuff could only be seen using the power of… imagination.

Door for the garage entryway Never having been through this process, I was amazed at how many different sizes and shapes of block they use. There were special corner blocks, different size blocks for different height walls, different widths and thicknesses.

Angled blocksThere were even angled blocks that they’ll use for the master bedroom bump-out.

Tomorrow, they’ll work on the master bedroom wing and the computer room extension.

 

Block waiting for the master bedroom wing

Undeterred by the mayhem

These two bright, cheerful guys were poking out of the dirt today. They were a delightful splash of color in our mud world!

Spring flower! Spring flower!

Panoramic views of construction mayhem

Today was a gorgeous day, so, just for fun, I went out and took some panoramic shots of the construction site, one from each side of the house. Click for the full-sized images.

Front of the house

Front of the house

 

Back of the house

Back of the house

 

Garage end of the house

Garage end of the house

 

Master bedroom end of the house

Master bedroom end of the house

 

Removing bricks and testing missiles

Master bedroom end of the house Today, the guys did some surveying work, marking the edges of where the block will get placed, for the mason who’s coming on Monday to lay block. The also removed a lot of brick from a few places on the house.

In the first picture, they removed the top row of brick and also removed the brick from a space to the left of the chimney. That’s where a door will break through from the existing basement to the hallway into the library and office.

Garage end of the house In the second picture, you can see the brick removed from the garage end and part of the back of the house where the computer room will be.

You can also see a lot more mud than a few days ago, mostly because of a lot more bulldozer traffic, but also because we got a huge rainstorm last night and, well… mud.

We’ve got a pretty good site now to get the “missile testing” comment from the movie The Money Pit.

The Money Pit - Missile Test Site

Disregarding my predictions…

Setting up the forms As I posted yesterday, we were expecting the footers to be poured either tomorrow (Friday) or Monday. However, Wayne hedged his bets and ordered the concrete for today… and ended up getting everything ready and inspected in time for the delivery. So our footers were poured today instead of first thing next week!

They poured for the master bedroom wing, the garage wing, and the computer room in the back of the house. The weather held out with nothing but a light sprinkle of rain at one point that didn’t affect their work at all, so it was the perfect day to do it.

Pouring in the concreteNot only did they get everything poured today, but they had everything so precisely ordered that they ended up with only half a yard of concrete left over. Evidently that made one of the guys kind of nervous ("That’s cutting it too close.") but it worked out perfectly.

Decaying wood They also spent time removing the bricks from the end of the house next to the garage wing. We discovered that, back in 1977 when this house was built, it seems they didn’t know about house wrap or moisture barriers or that type of thing because the plywood underneath the brick was really badly decayed. Of course, it’s been 38 years, so I guess that’s not all that bad for having no moisture barrier. I imagine that will be the case for the rest of the house, too. Fortunately, it’s all coming off, so that issue will be resolved by the time we’re done.

More pictures… (click to embiggen)

Starting to pour

Pouring Pouring Pouring

Garage wing with footers and post foundations poured Master bedroom wing with footers poured

All the brick removed from the garage wing end of the house Garage wing footers

Update… with pictures!

Co-Del Construction Today they finished digging the footers for the garage wing and the computer room, adding substantially to the dirt pile height. They started staking out the footers for the surveyor to check and will finish that up tomorrow morning. If they get done early enough, the surveyor can come out to do the inspection tomorrow which means, if approved, Wayne (from Co-Del Construction) can go ahead and order the concrete. So the earliest the concrete could get poured is Friday, but they’re expecting that it’ll probably be Monday.

Fortunately, the weather folks are forecasting pretty spectacular weather next week, so the pouring, blocking, and whatnot (always with the whatnot) should go without a hitch. Before we know it, they’ll be framing it up and we’ll be all “Holy crap! It’s a house!”

In the meantime, here are a number of pictures from “Footer Excavation Day.” (click to embiggen)

Garage Wing

Garage Wing

Garage Wing

Garage Wing

 

Garage Wing

Garage Wing

Master Bedroom Wing

Master Bedroom Wing

 

Master Bedroom Wing

Master Bedroom Wing

Master Bedroom Wing

Master Bedroom Wing – Wayne has to use a shovel

 

Master Bedroom Wing - Done!

Master Bedroom Wing – Done!

Driveway (Half of it)

Half of the driveway

 

Our new back yard landscaping!

Our new back yard landscaping!

Backyard and our slowly disassembling deck

Backyard and our slowly disassembling deck

 

Footer Excavation Day!

Today the footers were dug for the master bedroom wing and the garage wing (mostly). There was a delay when they found that the septic drain pipe ran along one of the lines for the footers so they had to move it. That took a bit more time than expected, so the garage wing footers aren’t completely done, but will be tomorrow morning.

It was incredibly impressive watching the precision of Steve, the backhoe operator. I’d have sworn he had nerve endings on the bucket with the way he was feeling around with it and pulling out rocks, NOT breaking septic pipes, and just barely brushing the sides of the existing structure.

I shot a lot of video and trimmed it down into a short, two-minute summary version of the day’s events.

Excavations – The beginning

Thursday of last week, the excavator dug out the area for the master bedroom wing (which will also have the library, office, and guest bedrooms). Today he dug out the garage wing. So we have lots of large dirt piles and an impressive loss of grassy surfaces. Tomorrow, the footers will be dug out. More on that later.

Here are the dug out areas for the master bedroom wing (photo #1) and the garage wing (photo #2).

Master Bedroom Excavation

Garage Wing Excavation

Beginning of Mayhem

Co-Del Construction had some excavation equipment out today for some preliminary work. They removed a tree, a tree stump, shrubs, an air conditioner, a brick fireplace, and part of a deck. They also added a temporary driveway and dug up some of the bank to prep it for taking more dirt when the footers are dug out.

More pictures follow after the break (click to embiggen). It doesn’t quite look like the house in The Money Pit yet, but we’ll get there!

Excavation Prep 1

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