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Construction update

October 1, 2010
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There’s double the framing now since our last post.

All of the lower level walls are up; and all (except one) big beams are in place; and loft decking is getting laid. [Is this where you add “That’s what She said.”?] Franco and I worked until 11pm last night to get the decking started.

So just as a quick update, here are some photographs from current construction.

Awesome construction quality.

I have to say that in this first photograph, two things are pretty clear: our structural engineer is a genius because he figured out a way to skinny up our loft structure in a very efficient manner, which gives us more headroom everywhere; and our helper Franco is AWESOME at construction – these walls are constructed almost to a level of CABINETRY construction. Everything is very tight and precise and I couldn’t be more pleased.

And now we have a new vantage point: since we can finally elevate ourselves on the loft level, we can now get a sense of what it will look like from up there. (All previous photos have been from near or ground level.)

I took the next shot over the soon-to-be Kitchen while standing on top of the stud wall between the kitchen and living room.

Yes, those are my Pliner shoes...

There probably won’t be a lot of additional work in the kitchen for a while until we get the MEP work underway. But even then it will be mostly infrastructure stuff that’s hidden in the walls.

on to more…

So the following pics are from a viewpoint that has not been available before (unless of course we climbed on a ladder I guess). They are taken from standing in the room that will eventually be Sue’s closet. (Mind you, this is just her TEMPORARY closet – there is still the B.A.C. to come.)

View of our future bedroom

Things are taking shape!

My closet will be about what that blue TARP covers.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. rick permalink
    October 1, 2010 2:12 pm

    Tom, it looks AWESOME. very nice work.
    are you gong to use sheetrock for the walls ? if so, Home Depot sells a new lighter weight ( it REALLY is ), stronger and easier to snap sheetrock.
    I was told it will only be available for a short time and once the old supply is depleted, they will carry it full time .The drawback is it is only available in 8′ length’s.
    the porter cable drywall sander works great on sanding also, just buy a bunch of pads and a good shop vac.
    see you soon.

    • Tom permalink
      October 1, 2010 2:31 pm

      Thanks Rick.
      Can you email me the brand name of the new & improved stuff???
      And no one on our team (Sue, Franco & me) wants to spend 5x as long to do the mudding, so we’re going to contract that out…

  2. Patrick Kelly permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:55 am

    Not to get too personal but why the apparent discrepancy between closet sizes? Is this a gender related phenomenon, and, if so, what are the implications as we move forward with other BAPs (Big Ass Projects)? Will Tom have equal opportunity to acquire additional garments to at least approach equivalency with Ms. Clothes-Horse, i.e. Sue? This is an example of the type of burning question that this blog should be addressing.

    • Tom permalink*
      October 1, 2010 10:14 am

      You better stop reading the blog after this apartment phase, cuz the B.A.C. of Phase 2 (or Phase 3? 4?) will REALLY blow away the ratio of equivalency! And this blog isn’t for debating such deep topics, I’ll start another one for that!

    • Sue permalink
      October 1, 2010 11:15 am

      Hey! Natural beauty takes a whole lot of work, and closet space!

  3. Darcy permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:17 am

    It looks fantastic! Does your construction dream team do barns, by chance? ; )

    • Tom permalink*
      October 1, 2010 10:03 am

      You know they just follow the money, so a barn is possible…

      • Darcy permalink
        October 1, 2010 2:23 pm

        Excellent….I’ll need to consult “the Money” and get back to you.

  4. Patrick Kelly permalink
    October 1, 2010 8:50 am

    The framing details are beautiful. I have always felt a little sad when the wall surfaces are installed because I love the framing details so much it seemed wrong to bury them beneath dri-wall. The details here look beautiful, seriously, the comparison to cabinetry is appropriate.

    • Tom permalink*
      October 1, 2010 10:02 am

      Thanks PTK! Franco doesn’t have time to read our blog (okay, he has time but no interest) but I forwarded him your compliments.

  5. Ella Schactman permalink
    October 1, 2010 7:24 am

    That’s sweet – you guys are sooo lucky! – Ella

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