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This page is of a project now in progress.  The photos and descriptions will be posted as the job progresses. After the job is completed the pictures will be removed to make room for photos of the next job.


We started this lake home project on Jan 7th of 2005. We actually did do some concrete work here last fall to prepare the foundation for the garage, as well as a foundation for the overhang of the larger second floor. The main portion of the house is setting on a pre-existing, poured concrete, walk-out basement.
In this case the home owner has considerable knowledge of construction and construction materials. He has done all the demolition to the point of these next photos. He basically removed everything down to the concrete walls. The only demolition we will do, will be to remove the walk-out, lakeside wall. This is to allow for different placement of the new patio door and windows. 
The home owner will be purchasing all materials, scheduling delivery as needed, as well as contracting out other portions of the job such as plumbing, heating, cabinetry, sheetrock, etc.


This home will have a completely new floor plan on the first level with a second level added. New plumbing was installed under the concrete floor to accomodate the new design.  John Bruhn Plumbing is the licensed mechanical contractor doing the plumbing.



The next 3 shots are of the second level floor truss system. These pictures are from the back side of the house. These trusses are free spanning and leave plenty of room for the electrical and mechanical systems in the home.



We're starting to put down the floor. The 3/4 T&G plywood is glued and nailed with ring shank nails. The trusses give a much wider area for the plywood to lay on. 3.5 inches instead of the 1.5 of a normal floor joist. This makes a very solid floor. The trusses are also inset 3/4 inch so that Owens-Corning insulation board will be wrapped around the perimeter of the trusses, making a warmer floor space. The outer OSB sheathing will then cover the insulation board while also locking the first floor stud work to the second.



This shot shows the 8 foot overhang of the second level. Even though we have not put the wood pillars under the girder that is built into the end of the trusses it has not sagged at all. It is perfectly rigid, and level. We now have the first level closed up temporarily.


We did go ahead and install two of the pillars before putting the rest of the subfloor on top.
Just to make sure it stays level. This is the front or lakeside view.
The front wall has yet to be removed and rebuilt as the door and window arrangement will be completely different.


This is the back or the road side view. This shot is taken from the area that the garage will be built on.


It's now Friday, Jan. 21st.  During the very cold days of late we built first floor interior walls.  The last few days have been spent on the second floor exterior walls shown in photo to the right. This coming Wednesday we will be setting parallel cord roof trusses on these walls.  The forecast shows Mon. & Tues. to be two nice days to finish the walls and get ready for the trusses.


Due to a delay in the trusses arriving and scheduling of the crane, Wednesday became Friday (Jan.28th) before the roof trusses went up. It was snowing quite a lot that morning, but Brad said we couldn't let a little "fluffy water" stop us. We had to spread gravel on the lane so that the crane had enough traction to get back out.
The home owner chose these parallel-cord trusses (as opposed to scissor trusses). He wanted a vaulted ceiling with the pitch of the ceiling being the same pitch as the roof. With scissor trusses the ceiling is a shallower pitch than the roof.
The advantage of a matching ceiling and roof pitch is that triangular gable end windows will match the pitch, both inside and out. They also allow more space for insulation toward the exterior walls.

Snow stopped as first truss was set.

Crane picks up second truss.

And swings it into place.

All trusses are set and plumb.


Monday (Jan 31) was spent doing final tweaking of the trusses and installing the tail end "ladders" which create the soffet overhang on the gable ends. Brad is measuring to determine the length of the top portions of these "ladders". From the peak of the truss to the ground is 29 feet, on the lake side.
We are now three weeks into this project. Short days, snow, and cold temps make for slow progress during the winter months.


Next we finish sheathing the eave end of the roof trusses under the tails as they are part of the exterior walls. A 2x6 goes on as a facia board and we install one row of OSB roof sheathing.
On this goes the metal drip edge, the ice-guard membrane, the starter roll, and three rows of shingles. Then we put on the roof jacks and safety planks before venturing out on the roof with the rest of the sheathing.
As of Friday night (Feb 4th) we have all the sheathing on the roof and are ready for the delivery of the rest of the shingles on Monday morning.

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