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The Norman Cottage - Kewadin Michigan
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Thursday March 30, 2006 - We have started the rafters at the tub room and the dining room at this time.
The rafters over the dining room.
The orange color rafter is the first beam to be placed at the side of the ridge skylights.
The tub room rafters are also started.
The rafters are set up as a template first to make sure they work. after that we are cutting all the rafter for each area and then placing them on the walls.
Another wonderful day in Northern Michigan.
The rafters have started.
Wednesday March 29, 2006 - We are working on a variety of things but the major item is the placement of the roof rafters.
The beams are in place as the master bedroom area.
The floor of the deck at the master bedroom is framed and we are getting ready to complete that framing.
A rafter is cut to form a template first. This allows us to make minor adjustments to the roof line as needed. After the template is cut then the balance of the rafters are cut to match.
The Ridge Beam being placed!
Monday March 27, 2006 - The ridge beam for the living room and dining/kitchen is in place. Check out the steps that are needed to get it 18"-0" into the air.
First thing this morning Jeff and Chris raised the beam up to the second floor using the metal jack posts. Once its in place, Jeff built glide posts to keep the beam in place as its lifted into position.
The jack posts are raised equally on each end to keep the beam as level as possible.
After a bit of work and lots of time making sure everything is ok the beam reaches its destination 18'-0" above the floor of the living room.
More walls and more stairs.
Friday March 24, 2006 - We are working on the balance of the second floor walls and getting everything ready to start the roof framing.
The beams at the Master Bedroom are being placed. They are cantilevered off the wall to support the covered deck at the Master Suite.
Howard is working hard at building the lower level stairs. We also received the roof material today so a reworking of the site was needed to get the material in place. The Ridge Beam for the living room is 34" long.....and only 1000 LBs!! More lifting on Monday!!!
Chris is happy that its Friday!!!!
The Stair to the second floor is placed!!
March 23, 2006 - The stair to the second floor is in place and looks great!
The floor framing continues above the Porch area. This is the limits of the Master Bedroom above.
The treads on the stairs are place "loose" so that they can be removed after the construction is completed. They take alot of abuse as you can imagine.
The Second Floor framing
March 21, 2006 - We have started the framing of the second floor and the placement of the "I" joist into place.
The house is taking shape.
The first second floor walls are place on the new floor.
As you look at the house from all views.
Its a Beam Raising experience!!
March 20, 2006 - We have started the second floor framing and joist layout. With this the beams need to be placed over the Porch room. These are very heavy and Jeff has the way to make them go in place without breaking our backs.
Leverage is the key. With the "A" frame apparatus, we are able to lift the beam into the pocket that has been built into the wall.
The last beam is placed and the grid work for the second floor is complete.
The Interior Wall framing
March 17, 2006 - The Interior walls of the main floor are placed and the shape is set. The walls are hard to decipher....but bottom line is that the plan works well.
The framing package for the second floor was delivered and waiting for the beginning of next week when we start that. You can see the walls of the main floor are placed and the rooms have been defined.
Next.....we start the second floor framing.
Hope all is well in New Zeeland!!
Window Finish has begun
March 16, 2006 - The windows are being sanded and then the first coat of sealer is being placed on them in a dust controlled environment.
The window frames are sanded before they are sealed. After they have been sanded they are then placed into the spray booth.
The windows are placed and then sprayed.
After they have been sprayed they are placed on drying racks and the process will start over again to get to the final product.
Thanks to Advanced Painting for all their great work.
March 10, 2006 - Today we finished putting up the exterior walls of the first floor. The next step is to start placing the interior walls of the main floor.
We are going to complete the framing of the house before we start on the framing of the detached garage. This gives us the room to work around the garage at this time.
Windows are in and being prepared
March 9, 2006 - The windows have been delivered and they have started the preparation process. The first step is to take the windows apart and mask of the aluminum frame.
The paintshop is next to our wood shop in TC. Advanced Painting does a great job with interior and exterior finishing of windows as well as trims, finish interiors and exterior finishes.
The next step after the windows have been taped off is that the first coat of sealer will be applied.
The Main Floor walls have begun!!!
March 7, 2006 - The main floor walls started Monday and the process is going to be a challenging one. All the wall heights are different, from area to area, and they all have to be set based on the pitch (angle) of the roof line.
The wall framing will take a while to complete before we get into the roof framing. The heights of the walls of the house are set at an approximate and will be set to the correct height after the rafters are placed.
The Floor Deck
March 4, 2006 - The main floor deck is installed and we are getting ready for the walls to start.
From this we are waiting on the walls to start on Monday.