Framing Begins

June 8th, 2010 by KTU | Filed under 3. Framing.

Framing is a blast, because framers are fast and progress is obvious. My framer is Jose Magana (Magana Construction), who has framed a couple of houses for my “general coordinator” Steve Kotsenburg (more on that arrangement in another post).

Jose Magana and Steve Kotsenburg on Day 1 of framing.

Jose is a hands-on guy and works alongside his crew, which is one of the reasons I chose him. I like being able to deal directly with the person doing the work. The first day, they got the walls laid out and quite a bit of the perimeter put up. Framing will get fussy and slow when they have to put the steel columns and beams in upstairs next week, and when they get to the roof system, which is really tricky. But, for now, the structure is going up fast and furious.

All six framers raising a wall.

View out the lower-level bedroom window. It's great to see the views develop.

The end of the first day.

Here is the structure the next week…

The lower level all framed...lots of cross-braces everywhere until the sheathing is nailed on to keep everything square.

The lower level with framing completed, but sheathing not yet applied.

The end of week 3…

The rear of the house framed to full height.

Framing now at second level.

Steel beam supporting loft and columns on second level, which support tie rods for front awning.

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