Let's build a house
We finished our foundation in March and took a spring vacation. The materials were waiting for us when we returned.
Houses start at the bottom
We began at the sill plates, which we fastened to the concrete slab over an EPDM gasket for improved air-sealing and as a capillary break. Using a cordless router (Makita) we hollowed out bottom plates of walls so they’d fit neatly over the foundation anchor bolts and bearing plates. It worked just as planned!
The framing has gone fast. Our skills have definitely improved in quality and speed, which was encouraging as we raised the first walls. (Still working on those plates!).
Turning the corner
It always feels good to make corners when framing. That first turn is our north wall. At the south corners are four steel strap-tie hold-downs to strengthen the entire south wall against our coastal high winds & earthquakes,
South wall with a view
Where are the headers? In an effort to save materials, improve energy efficiency and make our walls easier to lift, we designed the house for continuous rim-joist headers. This means vertical and horizontal loads will be carried across the rim-joists until they reach studs. Where joists/rafters land over an opening we are installing joist hangers.
All tied together
Seven work days in we have our walls tied up. Here you can see the Siga Majvest house wrap we’re using to help air-seal the floor joists. The wrap is a 5’ sheet of breathable “paper” that ties into the air-barrier on both floors effectively sealing off the joists from the outside. This is one step in our air-sealing strategy for the house. You can buy Siga products online in both the US and Canada. Check out Small Planet Supply. We got ours directly from the Vancouver, BC warehouse.
Just the two of us
It feels amazing to be working together again outside under sunny skies! We’ve been non-stop busy with our design business for the past two years and it’s refreshing to get off the computer. We’re having a blast and looking forward to the rest of 2019.