Building a custom house isn’t for the faint of heard. All looks good on paper until you put the pieces together. Then you need a plan B or C.
We went to attach the deck ledger board and walla, it couldn’t be done. See photo.
Note that the floor joist are parallel to where the deck will be attached. But that end has a point. Because of the point and the parallel joists we couldn’t reach behind the joists to bolt the ledger board. Also, getting the insulation in would have been a big problem.
Solution: sister the third joist and install perpendicular joists. See photo.
The Ledger Board all bolted up.
Rain is still sl0wing us down. But we’ve made some progress. The house is fully taped. Rob’s guys are preparing it for the blower door test on Monday, buy installing the basement door and caulking and caulking. Being sheathed with no windows makes it very dark inside, thus it’s easy to see light coming in any openings. The front step arrive tomorrow. The garage is prepped for the floor to be poured tomorrow. And my work vehicle has arrived. Once the blower door test is done we start the roof, followed by the siding……….
I could cry, but what good sill that do. For those not on the right coast, we’re in a period of about 10 days of rainy stuff. So the blower door test has been pushed out at least a week. You can see the sheathing is done. 🙂 but no taping. And the Amish guys working on the garage, drive out from East Earl Lancaster county to get a half a days work done before getting drenched. So, we can’t dance, to wet to plow, so we might as well sing Christmas Carols.
As it turned out the roof ZIP sheathing was backordered and didn’t show up till late Wednesday. Thursday was nothing but rain so no work got done. Friday was a beautiful day and the sheather’s were on side before 8:00. I was expecting it be a one day job. I had errands to run and to head back to New London to finish packing so I left around 10:00. I arrived this afternoon (Sunday) around 4:00 expecting the house to be fully sheathed. But it wasn’t, I’m guessing they ran out of roof sheathing. Here are some photos. I have rescheduled the first blower door test out a week to 12/29. Note we are sheathing everything but the front door for the first blower door test. The garage material showed up on Friday, and they plan to get started Monday. The windows were delivered Wednesday.
Today it’s starting to look like a house. The rafters and dormers on the second floor bedroom section are done. The roof rafters 18′ x 12″ TJIs were a challenge to get up. It took much longer than the framers though. You can see from yesterday’s photos how they had to swing them into place. It also looks like we can’t use the window designed for the second bathroom because of the angle of the porch roof. We will swap it with a smaller one form the office.
Backfill and rough grading is done and a pad is set up for the shed.
Family Room end