Most people can’t believe how quickly a new house gets built, but often what they are seeing is work performed by the framers. These carpenters measure wood and build walls exactly as it is written on the architect’s drawings.
If you like to work from an exact plan, then you might want to change careers because these guys are measuring twice and cutting once all day long.
So, now that the basement has been done and the sub-floor installed over those joists, upward goes this house. This can be done in almost any weather, but as you can see the weather cooperated.
Good weather has helped
A crane will be on site during much of the early construction as it allows the framers to get the supplies where they need them. For example, the sub-floor plywood sheets are engineered to carry extreme loads and and be virtually weather proof… yes, they will be in place forever. These, however, weigh a ton and that crane can efficiently move anything into place.
The crane will move the steel i-beams and the LVL’s (laminated veneer lumber) which carry extreme loads like the i-beams. They are those yellow boards in the photos to the right, and they can be cut to size onsite.
One area where the crane moved an i-beam was in the garage ~ and you can see more photos on the Google+ photo page.
At this point this home is moving along quickly. Coming up soon will be the roof and then the real work begins inside. That is the part that seems to take forever, but, it is really the fun part where the homeowners will add their personal touch. Things like where light switches should be, adding additional recessed lights, additional outlets, or requesting something be moved to a less conspicuous spot. Many, many decisions to make!
Since this is a custom built homes in Vienna, remember that not every builder will be doing the same level of quality. When I am looking at the value of one builder’s product over another, it is often easy to recognize true quality workmanship or craftsmanship over a production builder’s acceptable level of quality.
Watch for the next update soon, cheers!
See More Photos!
Are you interested in seeing more photos on Google? As this custom house project continues I am updating a Google+ page with a bunch of photos so take a look to see where everything started and where the project is today.