The day we went to scout kitchen appliances we first stopped by the house to talk to Mike, our builder.
We were discussing kitchen layout and decided to move the range from the island back against the wall, to avoid having to use a down draft vent. We also decided to keep the raised dishwasher and sink along that same wall. The big fridge and freezer will move down to the wall that faces the short edge of the island.
This way the island will be for prep and homework and games only.
As a bonus we got to see the framing crew at work AND the weather was cooperating! =D
As the framers took their lunch break in the shade, we stepped up on the sub floors and took a look around. It felt great. The house still looks huge, and high. We’ll have a view of the tree tops!
This is the view from the great room, looking north. The fireplace will go on that little bump out in the middle. The food devouring will take place in the area attached to the corner that butts out to the right in the picture.
Another view of the fireplace ledge, this time taken while standing in the dining area off the kitchen. The Master bedroom will be in the corner towards the neighbour.
This is the Master bedroom, it will have windows on both walls. Look at that sky! First day in June without rain!
One long wall, framed and ready to rise when the connecting walls are ready to support it. It could be the wall between the great room and the Master bedroom.
The basement stairs will live in this rectangular hole that we glimpse a corner of in the foreground. Then comes the mud room area, the half bath and the laundry room. The boys’ rooms and their bathroom will be along outer wall along the horizontal center line of the photo. The short 2×6 wall seen here is an exterior wall for the dining room.
Still an impressive pile of lumber waiting to be cut to size. Apparently there is also still quite a bit of dirt left to be brought in as well. 20 loads or so.
As we were admiring said lumber pile, a flat bed arrived with the roof trusses! I wonder how they got them unloaded…
This is the view of the basement from the back yard, facing south. Taken from the top of a huge pile of dirt in the back yard. The window on the left and the wide door opening belong to the rec room area, the next window is M’s bedroom. The opening for the door in the dog area still needs to be cut out by the pink parks, right now it’s hobbit sized.
The walls of the walk out part of the basement have been framed, sheathed and wrapped. This is the dog door and the windows in the part of the basement that will be unfinished for now. Work out area? I could go for some thick, colorful foam mats 😉
The window to the right will be in M’s bedroom, the pole will be in the wall between her bedroom and bath. And the dog door opening can be seen in all its glory to the left.
I beam and cool looking floor joists with bridging. This kind is also called x-bracing, it supposedly allows joists to share weight, for a stiffer, less squeaky floor. As a footstep falls on one joist, some of the force applied is transferred to neighboring joists.
Permit box by the dumpster! The temporary power pole is also in, but not in the picture 😉
Since the framers got this much done in one and a half days, I wonder how much further they will get by tomorrow afternoon. I don’t want to miss seeing the progress, we might have to stop and have a peek after we pick up M’s puppy!