Wall Framing

In the span of just a few days this week, the insulation was covered with plywood floor sheathing and the walls were laid out. There are certain points in a construction project where things start to seem real. It's hard to explain in words, but you see a certain amount of progress or a certain physical change on site and you get a certain sense of excitement. 

Just a short while ago, we began framing and over the course of several days, framed the floor. The wall framing is where things get vertical quickly. 

With the walls laid out on the plywood sheathing, it was literally just one day later that we saw the walls magically arise. The garage to the left will be framed last, just before the roof framing starts.

With the walls laid out on the plywood sheathing, it was literally just one day later that we saw the walls magically arise. The garage to the left will be framed last, just before the roof framing starts.

Our hardworking framers measuring, laying out, and constructing one wall at a time, tilting them up into place.

Our hardworking framers measuring, laying out, and constructing one wall at a time, tilting them up into place.

As explained in the photo caption above, the walls are first nailed together laying down – and then are tilted up into place. Wall framing seems to have brought in extra help as we had six framers on site. One worker passing and delivering lumber, another sizing and cutting lumber, and two teams of two guys up on the floor laying out walls. 

Here's a panorama shot from the rear. 

Here's a panorama shot from the rear. 

The photo above has a unique structural member compared to the rest of the house. The large beam header not only frames the large 12' opening for the rear patio sliding doors, but it also cantilevers to hold up the roof. It will remain exposed even after the roof is framed on top. 

We expect the framing to continue this week. On to the garage and a dry run of the lighting layout to see if any of the rafters and are in the way of the lights. We'll also locate the loft door and bathtub niche. Looking forward to another great week!