Sunday, September 13, 2009

The roof and progress since wednesday

We put our house up in 7 days(excluding sheeting and shingling the roof)!  That is the fastest we have moved so far!  We were able to put the trusses on our house on Thursday.  Minus a few minor things that didn't quite go as planned, our house looks great!  We were able to start on the 6th house yesterday and are hoping we will be just as fast there.  We are all still hoping to be in before Christmas.

Aaron having fun setting trusses
The crane putting the trusses on
After they finished Thursday night
The inside with our vaulted ceiling.  You are looking from our dining room into our living room.  To the right is our half wall to the stairs.
The next two days were spenting sheeting the garage and the back of the house.  All that's left to do for shingles is two overbuilds in the front and sheeting what's left of the front.  This is our side garage looking from the north.
The front of the garage fully sheeted.  Aaron's handy work.
The front of the house with the roof.  Anyone want to come pull our weeds?
The back and side of the house.  The back was fully sheeted in one night!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fastest built house so far

So on Saturday we started building the exterior walls at our house.  I was there in the morning from 8 to two and during that time the biggest exterior wall in the back got put up and two more were in progress.  I helped cut blocking and headers, and Aaron and Jason were working on the exteriors walls with Ryan and his dad.  Aaron, Ryan and Jason stayed until 8:30 and in that time they finished all the exterior walls, half of the interior walls and even started the garage walls!  Woohoo!

Today Aaron and I went in the morning to get the double top plate on and Ryan came with some of his inlaws to finish the interior walls and do the stairs.  So now we are just waiting for the garage walls to get finished and we can fly trusses.  From what I've seen that usually takes a few days, so I am guessing we can fly trusses late Wednesday night or Thursday.  We'll see.

As far as the other houses go the Wilson's and Jason and Lisa's have almost finished the drywall, and Monica's roof is almost all shingled.  So we almost have 5 down, 3 to go!
Lifting the longest back wall
More lifting
And its up!
Pausing for a pose
looking at the dining room, kitchen and living room from the front door
this is the hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms(our master is the last room in the back on the left, the kids rooms will be on the right)
The front
The back

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Here it is!

So, since my last post we haven't worked on our house much. We wanted to finish the house we had been working on. All we have left to do before we move back to our house is put a little more sheeting on the front of the house, tar paper the front and shingle. The shingles are being delivered today, so maybe I will be shingling the back of the house today.

I truly detest roof work! I don't usually do it, not because I am afraid of heights, probably more because it is slow work and Ia m impatient. I usually keep busy with punch list inside the house. Not this time. There haven't been that many people showing up lately, so I have been up on the roof. It should be okay today if we are shingling. That keeps you busy and goes fast.

The first house we did is ready for finish work! We drove over there last Sunday and it has stucco, drywall, closet shelves, doors, trim, and window sills! It looked COMPLETELY different! I almost didn't recognize it! Its amazing how a little stucco and drywall can make it feel like a home. Jason and Jeff's houses are due for drywall this week and probably stucco soon after!

We should all be back at our house on Saturday and we are hoping we will be ready for trusses by the following Saturday! The walls always go up fast, its just the roof that takes forever. I am really excited to finally see our house come to life! We have been waiting since January and at times it seemed like it was never going to happen, so I am really happy that it finally is!

We still would love volunteers so come on down!

Some of my handy work. This is the rim board on top of the green plate. It usually takes a few days to do this, and I'm not sure if it was the simplicity of the house plan, my expertise, or the fact that there were a lot of people helping, but we did all of that in 3 hours!

More rim and green plate. Here you can also see our teeny porch and all that wood laying on the floor is in our garage.

These are our load bearing walls in the basement. They were built, but they left before they were stood.

Laying the joists down. If you'll notice to the left we slid the joists right over the stairs. It would be fine if we wanted no access to our basement. Still making mistakes:)

The fixed mistake. We just had to cut a hole for where the stairs will go and put rim going around it. That hole will eventually hold our stairs. And if you look at the back of the picture they even put some flooring on. That's as far as we've come.