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Fred’s growing up

Monday, October 15th, 2012 by

Now it’s getting exciting.  We went out to see our boy/house, Fred, this weekend.  It’s starting to feel like the house we’ve been imagining, with walls that show how the slanted/shed roof will give us a wonderful tall entryway…the outlines of the rooms laid out on the now-framed floor…and a general physical representation of the house that will, pretty soon now (next Spring), become our home.


Fred from his NE corner

The view from the woods 

Fred’s dad showing how high the ceiling will be in the entry hallway.

The outlines of Fred’s room layout

Beginning to see Fred’s bone structure

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3 Responses to “Fred’s growing up”

  1. Lin says:

    So building a house is the opposite of building a person. With building a house, the pain comes at the front end and the joy comes later. Glad you are on track…looking good!!!!

  2. Tim says:

    It is great to see this progress, must feel good to you even more!
    Have been following along here since very near the beginning, enjoying each entry.
    I’m a bit confused by the entry wall construction – you appear to have double wall construction but have not offset to take care of thermal bridging – is this typical for your region?

  3. Kevin says:

    The framing that you see is really designed to support some architectural details on the outside of Fred; the added thickness of the framing creates a line that is continued past that section of wall by clerestory windows. So it’s not really double framing for thermal efficiency, hence there is no concern about thermal coupling (or decoupling) between the two sets of studs. The entire wall will be insulated with spray foam, so it should be pretty thermally efficient.

    Also, the climate in this part of NC is pretty mild compared to most other parts of the U.S., and we need to worry more about letting heat in than cold, as we spend a good amount of each year close to 100ºF, but not much at all below freezing. (Pay no attention to those blog posts showing our vehicles covered in snow; that was just Photoshopped.)

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