Wall Sheathing and Roof Framing

With the wall framing finishing up, plywood sheathing has already started going on the exterior of the home.

Remember all these beautiful studs? This is why they sometimes call it "stick frame" construction.

Remember all these beautiful studs? This is why they sometimes call it "stick frame" construction.

All that lumber on site is quickly making its way into and onto the house.

All that lumber on site is quickly making its way into and onto the house.

Those long openings are windows, not doors. We have a few (nearly) full height floor-to-header windows throughout the house. The intent was to give some more verticality to the design of the cottage as opposed to its otherwise horizontal layout. You'll notice the wall sheathing differs in color. Besides the concrete base, there are two kinds of plywood on the face of the building. The lower band of dark green plywood is pressure treated, again, for flood zone reasons. The upper portion is typical plywood sheathing.

Roof rafters make their way down the house from right to left – heading towards the garage.

Roof rafters make their way down the house from right to left – heading towards the garage.

So what does the inside of the house look like at this point?

This is what the inside of the house looks like behind the plywood wall sheathing. You can see the ceiling/roof joists making their way down the house, in this view, from left to right.

This is what the inside of the house looks like behind the plywood wall sheathing. You can see the ceiling/roof joists making their way down the house, in this view, from left to right.

The rafters are now almost all the way across the house as you look up. The diagonal members are temporary kickers and braces until the plywood sheathing goes up for additional shear strength.

The rafters are now almost all the way across the house as you look up. The diagonal members are temporary kickers and braces until the plywood sheathing goes up for additional shear strength.

If you're really paying attention to this photo, you'll see there are two spaces where it almost appears as though rafters are missing. There are skylights that need to be blocked around before those "holes" will be filled.

If you're really paying attention to this photo, you'll see there are two spaces where it almost appears as though rafters are missing. There are skylights that need to be blocked around before those "holes" will be filled.

The skylight "holes" are filled with those missing rafters and they continue their way down into the garage and loft.

The skylight "holes" are filled with those missing rafters and they continue their way down into the garage and loft.

Once the framing is completed, a city inspector will come to verify the nailing and work that's progressed to this point. After that, the other trades start to come in and work will continue with the plumber, electrician, etc. We leave with this week with a view to the outdoors:

That's our 12' wide door – the largest window/door in the entire house. (There's also an additional nearly-full-height window to the right as you wrap the corner.) We look forward to being able to keep our sliding door open in this awesome climate and living an indoor-outdoor lifestyle utilizing the backyard. 

That's our 12' wide door – the largest window/door in the entire house. (There's also an additional nearly-full-height window to the right as you wrap the corner.) We look forward to being able to keep our sliding door open in this awesome climate and living an indoor-outdoor lifestyle utilizing the backyard.