Friday, August 3, 2012

Framing: Day 8

The framing crew wrapped up their work week with another day of great progress!  My favorite new thing is that there are stairs leading to the roof of the garage which also happens to be the floor of our master suite.  It was great fun to climb up (staying a safe distance from all of the rail-less edges) and imagine what it will be like.  One thing is for sure:  the view is great!
"Casual Dining" Takes Shape
The roof joists over the dining area were added, hooking in to the big beam spanning the room (that Tyvek-wrapped portion.) The dining area ceiling will not be as tall because it would block a lot of light coming into the existing house.
Adjacent Great Room
The casual dining area is at right. Moving from the dining area into the great room will be quite dramatic with the change in ceiling height.
Let's Go Upstairs!
The connector hallway is beginning to take shape, too.  The stairs run along the south wall of the garage.  The landing at the top of the stairs will lead to the master suite (to the north) or to the laundry room and existing house to the south.  The walls of the bedroom will most likely go up beginning on Monday.
The View from Our Room
Imagine that you are sitting at the foot of our bed.  Now imagine that you are looking out of the big east-facing window.  Now pretend that the porta-potty and dump truck have been replaced by grass.  You will have a wonderful view of the east pasture in the distance and the barn and the big cottonwood!
The View to the South
The roof of the new master suite will mimic the shape and height of the existing house.
Work to Do for the Weekend!
The crew readied the five great room ceiling trusses so now we've got our work cut out for us.  We'll do our best to finish staining and poly-coating the trusses by Monday, then move on to the cladding for the great room ceiling (note large stack of tongue-and-groove pine at far right of photo.  This stuff needs stain and poly, too!)
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!

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