Putting up Walls
I am happy to say that the house is coming together just as envisioned. This is a result of Ben Taylor's careful rendering of plans and illustrations and familiarization with the building site prior to construction.
Once the framing got started the transformation from foundation to enclosed walls and roof seemed very fast. It went from what looked like a set of "Hollywood Squares" to house in no time.
Here the massive Glu-Lam beam that will support the roof over the loft is put in place with Matt Dolan operating the tele-handler and Ben guiding it into place. Glu-Lam is a product made of laminated strips of wood which makes for a strong material that is less costly; does not require the use of a large tree; is more stable in that it is less prone to twisting, warping and cracking.
Next week is predicted to have a stretch of 105+ degree weather so there is some urgency in getting the roof sheeting in place to provide shade to work on the interior wall framing.
Interior framing seems to be going quickly too. Here is a view of loft from the great room.
The great room with the chimney box installed. The wall sheeting is not all in yet, but the windows will be in the corner and located under the headers.
Here are the stairs leading up to the loft with temporary treads in place while under construction.
And finally a view of the mountains from the loft corner.
I hope you enjoyed this entry. I will be writing about some plants and animals in the area next.
Wow, can't believe how fast this is going! You guys hired well! We are back on mainland with summer in Tacoma now officially starting for us, since Jim and I worked up to the day we left. Can't wait to see you and this in person. Sad we did not get to say goodbye to the old house, which holds so many memories of all the kids and us for that matter growing up! Hope the weather in Winthrop is making you happy, love, bailey
Wow. WOW! Incredibly exciting progress. When do reservations open? This is so cool to have a record of your progress not only now but for the future. Don't tell Marny or she will want to start over.
Very interesting about the glu-lam beams. Love the photos as usual. The loft and stairs leading up look fantastic. I feel like I'm looking at a spread in Sunset.
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