These first pics are of the framing process. The bottom floor framing was first, of course, and it was wonderful to walk through the framed floor seeing where walls and rooms will be, contemplating the size of rooms, etc. The books all say the rooms look small when just framed, but I thought the opposite. The rooms look big to me! Maybe I just understand the true dimensions having measured, pondered, contemplated, and studied like-size rooms for months before finalizing the plans. I know exactly what size they will be, so that's probably what I'm picturing in my head. :)
Top floor framing and pouring the garage floor came next. They poured the concrete and constructed the exterior walls first and that's where we hit a stall. First a little rain, then Memorial Day weekend. At this point, we could really get a good feel for the cumulative size of the house. And it's big but not huge. When just the bottom floor was framed, the Canuck and I walked around thinking that floor alone probably would have been big enough for just the two of us, so it was surprising and humbling and to think there would be another identical size floor above it. Yikes! What are we doing building a house this size?!?!?! With five children, and six and counting grandchildren, and with lots of out-of-town Canadian friends and family, we'll need all that room when folks come for visits. Size-wise, I think it's going to be just perfect for us.
One of the best things about our little building spot on the hill, we imagined, would be the view and when the top floor was framed, we got the chance to see how right we were. The first pic is a view of the front, with driveway and the road. The second is a photo through the front room window of the pond and woods. Love!
And now move ahead to this week. Both floors are framed, wrapped, and building has begun on the two-level back deck/porch. They'll need to add the column on the front porch, finish the deck and we'll be ready for trusses. And those may go up today. My grandson and I are packing a picnic lunch and going out to the spend the day at the lot, watching the crane and truss installation. Here's what it looked like last night. More to come.