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Lots of Framing Progress

Placing the steel beam for the garage

Placing the steel beam for the garage

It’s been about two weeks since my last update and a lot has gone on since then. Wayne and his crew have been working crazy fast to get things done and the results are amazing to see every day when I get home from work.

The steel support beam was added to the garage. They started out with the beam sitting on pillars of stacked concrete blocks. That let them get the beam to the right height and steady enough so they could start adding the floor joists on top of it.

Installing floor joists

Installing floor joists

All three garage doors!

All three garage doors!

Permanent steel posts.

Permanent steel posts.

Midway through installing the joists, they finished framing the front of the garage, adding the third door (on the left side). They notched part of the existing house roof to accommodate the wall. Eventually, that roof will come off completely, but they didn’t want to do that quite yet in case of foul weather.

A bit after getting all the joists installed and putting the sub-floor down, they added the steel posts and removed the temporary concrete pillars. Now the garage is like an actual room, which was a nice transformation.

I took Megan up on top of it to get a feel for her soon-to-be living space. I think she’ll have plenty of room. Right now, it’s just a nice place to get some sun and enjoy the view.

Garage with floor installed!

Garage with floor installed!

 

Master bedroom wing... Stage 1

Master bedroom wing… Stage 1

Meanwhile, at the other end of the house, they’ve been working on the master bedroom wing. The concrete floor was poured and they had the basement level framed out in less than a week. The transformation was pretty amazing, especially from the inside where it suddenly got real seeing how the whole floor was going to be laid out. It’s much more exciting seeing it in real life than it is visualizing it from a paper drawing.

Lori and Rose talking construction

Lori and Rose talking construction

Lori and Rose in the basement hallway

Lori and Rose in the basement hallway



They ended last week having all but one wall of the first floor framed out, which includes the master bedroom, the closets, and the master bathroom. As with the basement level, it was great getting to physically walk through the “rooms” rather than just visualizing them from the drawings. Lori and I walked through it a number of times, probably with facial expressions similar to all the golden-ticket-winning kids from Willy Wonka when they first saw the inside of the factory.

Master bedroom wing - Stage 2!

Master bedroom wing – Stage 2!

Back of master bedroom wing

Back of master bedroom wing

Looking through the master bedroom

Looking through the master bedroom

Looking from the master bathroom through the closet hallway into the master bedroom and out to the porch.

Looking from the master bathroom through the closet hallway into the master bedroom and out to the porch.

6 Comments

  1. NemoWho says:

    A) This is awesome.
    B) Reminder: Low-voltage cabling should be installed when one side of a wall is up. (Not two, not none)
    C) Is that pole (vertical) in the garage going to stay? Or is it a temporary support?
    D) Please get off the construction site in your dearskin loafers, you filthy peasant.

    1. Dan says:

      A) Thanks!
      B) Noted.
      C) The pole is going to stay. It’s between two of the extra-wide garage bays, so it won’t really be in the way… and putting it there saved us about $5,000 over not having one there, so…
      D) *cries*

      1. NemoWho says:

        C) Well, then – I guess it’s finally time for that invisible paint!

        1. Dan says:

          I was going to do it up to look like a ginormous Beaker from the Muppets.

  2. NemoWho says:

    #!/usr/bin/env ruby -w

    1.upto(100) do |i|
    if i % 5 == 0 and i % 3 == 0
    puts “FizzBuzz”
    elsif i % 5 == 0
    puts “Buzz”
    elsif i % 3 == 0
    puts “Fizz”
    else
    puts a sturdy vertical pole right smack da middle
    end
    end

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