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Framing Begins

This is part of a continuing series that journals our new home being built. Sharing our journey and tips we've learned along the way. See all our journal entries.




Studs, Beams, and More

We are making progress now! Lots of sticks going up and our home is taking shape. Mary and I walked through the first floor framing to see if any changes needed to be made. Fortunately due to the craftsman-like framing we only found a few things that we needed to address.

view of new home being framed


When examining your new home's framing, it pays to check locations and measurements of those items of major importance to you. There are many people involved in the process; not only are keeping track of changes daunting but also relaying that information down to the individual with the hammer. So it pays to check.

In order to save as much "long" wall space as possible, I chose to place the window and service door close together in the 3rd bay garage (my workshop). The light from the window will help in the shop and be a nice place from which to work on drawings, etc., on the workbench that will be positioned underneath.

garage service door and window

We initially wanted the window 52"above the floor so I could still use the workbench with ease. However, the window was positioned 52" above the sill plate making it too high. This occurred because the walls are constructed off site. Repositioning the window in the framing stage is relatively easy and will be adjusted accordingly as framing progresses. We'll put it on our follow-up list to check on later.



I had never seen an arched doorway (photo below) constructed in this manner although it is typical. I've more experience using plywood. In this case, a 2x4 is cut almost all the way through along its length to make it quite flexible as you can see.

arched doorway




Photo of my future workshop below. I have a 7 foot opening between my shop and the other garage bays. This will allow me sufficient space to expand if necessary for larger projects.

framed workshop




Our kitchen window over the sink (below)! It was one of our primary building features. We added a door and window to make it more convenient to access that side of the house. The windows will not only allow for more light but also provide ample viewing space of the adjacent woods.

kitchen window plan




Check out our view from the kitchen (pre landscaping). We are looking forward to enjoying the woods from our front porch too.

view from the kitchen




We also have a nice view from the living room. Mary and I can now visualize the space so we can plan for furniture, etc.

view from the living room




view from the living room


They should be framing the second floor soon. We are anxious to see it all come together.









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