This week was wall week. (I’m restraining myself from adding lots and lots of exclamation points. Everything is exciting, and each new stage feels even more exciting than the last. So just picture exclamation points flying every which way through this post, and you’ll maybe get how excited I am.)
We got a text message from Craig last Saturday saying that they had framed the whole south wall on Friday, and that it would be standing by noon on Monday. (!!!)
He also emailed a list of layout decisions that needed to be made on Monday morning, which sent me and Lars into a frenzy of design. Where should the kitchen sink go? How about the oven? Can the first floor half bath be only 29 inches wide? And where should ALL the windows on the first floor go?
Here’s a low-quality (but to-scale) scan of what we came up with:
Things have gotten refined since then, of course. The windows have changed size a bit, the southern window on the west wall got turned into a door, and a window got added. The stove and that northernmost window on the east wall have swapped places. Probably that long dividing wall that runs from north to south has moved at least a couple of inches one way or another. But more or less, that’s how we think things will look.
Have I teased long enough? Show the walls already!
Looking north. Those big windows face south and let in lots of light. (They also currently let in lots of cold wind…but glass will help that.)
Looking south. The front door will be nearly smack dab in the middle of this picture, on the wall closest to the camera.
A brief interlude on how the walls are getting framed: on the floor!
Then the crew stands them up and braces them in place with diagonal temporary braces. I have been off site for EVERY SINGLE WALL LIFT. There have been maybe 6(?) because each wall goes up in multiple parts. It would be cool to watch. Or maybe even to help. When they put up the south wall, it was heavy and they were struggling with it. Our across-the-street neighbor must have been watching the excitement, because he came over and helped. (He’s also the one who gave us his wifi password, which is how I have posted all of the posts since we moved. Yay for Jim!)
Now a tour from inside. Here is the overview (annotated using MS paint for a less-than-professional look…)
I didn’t put the first floor bathroom on that picture. It’ll go between the stairs and the kitchen. And the metal working shop goes the whole length of the west wall.
Here is the kitchen from the inside:
That’s the north east corner of the building. The front door is the opening on the far left (only half of the doorway shows in the photo). The window on the left is in the bathroom, and the middle window is over the kitchen sink. The window on the right (on the eastern wall) will look out over the road, and a little farther south on that wall will be the stove. After the stove, there is a door for the future porch that you can’t see in this pic.
All the photos above I took early this morning. (It’s really hard to take photos without the building crew because they get here early and leave just as it’s getting dark.) Today, to finish off wall week, the guys put up all the other walls on this floor. (!!!)
I hadn’t realized it, but they framed it in an order that made for the clearest photos given our nice vantage point up the hill. It’s much harder to look at that picture above and see where all the rooms are going to be.
Last picture for today is of Nya racing around the floor. I don’t think she had been up there, so we went over this afternoon when the guys left. I tried to explain where everything was going to go, but she just wanted to run on flat ground.
I think they are going to work on more sheathing (filling in the plywood) next week. And Lars has been spending lots of time in the basement getting it ready for the concrete floor to get poured, which also might happen next week. He and Craig laid out the metal mesh yesterday. And I got to help – I tied all the mesh together! Preschool is a wonderful thing, even though it’s only 3 hours/day. 🙂 I used a fancy crochet hook thing and had all sorts of fun. They also laid out one loop of radiant floor heating. I don’t have any photos of that, but I’m thinking it’d be a good idea to take detailed pictures of where everything ends up so we can have good records once the concrete covers everything up.
Last bit of news: we got internet installed today. It reaches as far as the outhouse and it is so speedy. (!!!)