Building Your Dream Home – Part 3
Building Your Dream Home – For most of my adult life I had thought about someday building my Dream Home. Several years ago I finally got the chance.
Exterior Framing Continues
With the home’s sub-floor down and the surface walls framed and up, the framing crew was on to the roof. Though the roof was rather simple in structure with only a 12/12 pitch and no valleys it had been a significant framing undertaking because of just the size and height of it. The home was 32 feet wide by 44 feet long, and the surface side walls stood 11 feet tall in the great room. This exterior wall height of 11 feet translated right into a roof ridge which was 27 feet off a floor of the great room. Consequently staging was required to install the ridge pole and roof rafters. Building Your Dream Home, Furthermore, since the span from the surface of the walls to the ridge was such a long time, heavy 2x12s were required for the roof rafters. Within a week, however, the team had completed the installing of the roof rafters and the home began to battle real shape.
I will comment briefly about the sub-floor and exterior walls before I move on.
I chose using æî tongue and groove plywood for the sub-flooring rather than OSB/particle board as I was concerned that the OSB was too sensitive to moisture. I was concerned with this, both from the construction phase and from normal home use. I was concerned that throughout the construction phase that snow and ice could potentially cause damage such as for instance warping. I have observed this before when OSB was utilized on sub-flooring. I was also concerned that during living of the home, that there could be water incidents, e.g. a leaking dishwasher or washer machine that also may also cause water injury to the floor. I also believe that plywood is stronger and that it would give a more solid and rigid floor.
Regarding the surface wall framing, I used 2×6 construction. That is typical in New England as the excess wall depth provides for higher insulation factors; a necessity in colder climates.
Sheathing the Not in the Home
In order to get plumbing and electric contractors onto a website typically they desire your home ìbuttoned upî;.Including the roof shingled and the doors and windows on. Thus my framing crew moved onto the surface sheathing after the walls and roof framing were complete.
Just like the sub-floor, I again chose plywood for the surface sheathing for the same reasons mentioned earlier. On the surface walls, Ωî exterior grade plywood was used. On the roof 5/8î exterior grade plywood was used. I am aware many builders today use OSB for the walls and roof, however, I still believe for stronger construction plywood is the way to go.
The sheathing effort took about per week to complete. During this time exterior doors and windows showed up on the site. Staging the delivery of material reduces theft and insurance risk along with keeps a less cluttered construction site. However, as I’ve indicated earlier, communication is critical if you are doing ìJust-in-Timeî material delivery.
Installing Exterior Doors and Windows
The installation of the doors and windows was an important undertaking for this project whilst the lake side view of the house was literally a wall of windows; 32 feet in width and 27 feet in height. A great deal of engineering had opted into the window design so your 10 large custom windows would fit together such as a jig saw puzzle. This said, when the windows arrived on site and were inspected, it was determined that many of them weren’t built correctly to the dimensions specified. After much debate with the framing crew, the window vendor and me we reached a bargain on sharing the expense of fixing the windows. The window vendor took back the improperly sized windows and the framing crew began the installation of the doors and what windows they could install. Fortunately, the window vendor could come back to the website with the properly sized windows within a couple of days and the construction phase did not miss a beat.
Completing the Interior Framing
With the doors and windows installed, the framing crew proceeded to perform the Interior Framing. This was a thrilling time, whilst the rooms started to take real shape. You could now walk down hallways and into bedrooms and closet areas. Within just a couple of days, the interior walls were complete and the framing crew proceeded onto the roof for the shingling. Building Your Dream Home.
I ought to observe that 2×4 construction was utilized on the interior walls as insulation was not required on the interior walls.
Shingling the Roof
The final task to perform before your house might be classified as ìButtoned Upî was to install the shingles on the roof. Fortunately, my framing crew was also able to achieve this task, thus eliminating the requirement for just one more subcontractor.
I opt for 30-year architectural shingle due to the quality and look I was trying to attain on the home.
Though relatively an easy roof, it was quite large and the current weather was less than hospitable. Consequently it took nearly 2 weeks to perform this task. However, with the roof complete, my electric and plumbing contractors were now able to begin their work. Building Your Dream Home.
Also, with the main house now structurally complete, the framing crew moved onto the garage framing and construction phase. Consequently, of staging the garage behind the main home construction phase, I could have subcontractors work in parallel without getting into each other way.
Rough Electric and Plumbing
With your house Buttoned-Up, my Electric and Plumber subcontractors turned up to begin the roughing in a phase of these respective tasks.
I’d met a couple of days before on site with the Electric subcontractor to go over the placement of all wall outlets and switches, as well as where the light fixtures would be situated. During our discussion, he marked the wall studs for the placements of the electric wiring boxes so that individuals could visualize the entire electric wiring scheme. We also marked where the telephone and cable boxes would reside.
Building Your Dream Home. Through the electrical rough in wiring phase, the electrician installed most of the wiring boxes and ran a wire from the boxes to where the main circuit panel box would reside.
Just like the Electrical Subcontractor, I’d met weeks earlier with the Plumbing Contractor. During this meeting, we discussed the proper execution of heat for the house, as well as where the bathrooms and kitchen were to reside in the home. We also discussed forms of bathroom fixtures including tubs, sinks, and toilets. Consequently, when he showed on a site he new in which to perform a main drain and supply pipes and vent stacks. He also roughed in all of the plumbing for every bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixture.
Within a week both Electrical and Rough Plumbing contractors had completed their tasks and had successfully passed their respective inspections.