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Posted November 27, 2015 - 10:46 AM

You don't think about little things like that when you're in your 30's and building a house...

 

I did. Put up the home 15 years ago; figured it to be our 'forever' home. Was 34. Ranch style, not to big, 1288 sq. ft. Everything on main floor. Spent extra for nice windows, 2x6 walls, and extra insulation. Easy to heat/cool. One "Eden-pure" type space heater and one radiator type electric space heater will keep it comfortable down to ~20*. After that the LP furnace does it thing. This will be the 3rd winter on the 500 gal propane tank. Would like to add either a pellet stove or fireplace. Nice to have options.

 

Wife hated carrying laundry up and down steps at the old house. Went with full basement; at the time was only an extra $10,000 over the cost of a crawl space. One of these days the 'man cave' will be completed!


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Posted November 28, 2015 - 03:08 AM

I should let my wife read through you guys comments. My wife I always in the kick that she wants a 2 story house. Our current house is first floor master bedroom and everything else is on the first floor. Only thing upstairs is 2 bedrooms for the kids.
I tell her over and over again a 2 story house is bad when you get older.
We want to get into another house but I am not going deeper in debt. I need to price doing something your way.


To convince your wife, suggest trading bedrooms with one of your kids for a week. I spend a lot of time in a rented 2 story house. I miss my ranch style house terribly.
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Posted November 29, 2015 - 09:44 PM

I built a 4x6 foot platform to fit on the forks of my forklift and it sure makes it easier to work up on the side of the building.

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The mount for the night light was a piece of 1x6 that was nailed to the back side of the fascia board at the peak.
The mounting bracket on the light arm is triangular shape so there is one bolt at the top going thru the fascia board and two bolts going thru the 1x6 board.
The weight of the light was causing the 1x6 board to pull away from the back of the fascia board.

I used a piece of 2x4 to wedge under the light arm and raise it back up into position and put some screws thru the fascia board and into the 1x6 board.
Then I fit a piece of treated 2x6 in-between the back of the 1x6 and the wall of the garage to give extra support.
This now makes a nice solid mount for the light.

The electrical wires that come out the bottom of the light arm were left exposed between the light arm and the garage wall.
They are now run thru a piece of plastic pipe that is fastened to the underside of the 2x6 support board.

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Posted November 30, 2015 - 06:04 PM

Today was an exciting day.   The wood is starting to go on.

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Posted November 30, 2015 - 06:10 PM

They got a lot of wood down!  I'd be excited too seeing my new house taking shape.  Where are you living at the moment?  It won't take long before you'll be able to take over from where you have the builders end their work.


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Posted November 30, 2015 - 06:24 PM

That's great Ray! Looks real good!


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Posted November 30, 2015 - 06:53 PM

They got a lot of wood down!  I'd be excited too seeing my new house taking shape.  Where are you living at the moment?  It won't take long before you'll be able to take over from where you have the builders end their work.

 

We are renting a house for now.


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 08:18 AM

Looking good. I love seeing pics of progress like this.

I helped build a house from the ground up right when I got out of college and didn't have a job. It ended up being just me and the carpenter doing all frame work, siding, trim, and decking. The guys working with him just quit once that got the subfloor down and I was the only one that stayed. I probably learned more applicable life skills during that 4 months than the 4 yrs in college. Sure saved me a lot of money over the years learning how to build/frame.

 

 

Are you going to have to have steps down into the garage?


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 03:26 PM

Are you going to have to have steps down into the garage?

 

Yes. 

 

The floor of the house will end up about four foot higher than the garage floor and that figures out to about five steeps total.

I am going to put a raised floor in the half of the garage where the house is attached and use it for my room for working on my trains.

This area will be about 8x25 foot and will be two steps down from the floor of the house.

From this raised floor area it will then be another three steps down to the floor of the garage.


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 07:57 PM

When I got out to the property this morning, they were starting to put the sub-floor down.

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By 4:30 this afternoon they were finished with the floor.
Marie is standing in her new kitchen.

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This is the view we will have from the kitchen window.

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Tomorrow they are going to start building the walls.


While they are working on the house, I have been doing some work on the barn.
Here is a photo of the upper loft from the front of the barn.

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And from the back of the barn.
As you can see, there are some boards that will need to be replaced but overall the loft is in really good shape.

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There will be a ramp on the front of the barn that will go up to the loft so I can store my tractors and extra parts up there.
On the lower level, the front half will also be for storage of cars and the heavier parts and equipment.
The rear half of the barn will be my workshop.

This is what the back of the barn looked like when we bought the property

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The floor of the barn isn't level so I removed the wall in the center section so I can get in with a skid loader and dig the floor out.
Once the floor is leveled out, the opening on the left side will be closed back in and that is where my shop equipment and tools will be set up.
The other two openings will have garage doors on them

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 08:14 PM

You've been mighty busy Ray!  Looking really good with all your improvements.


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 10:24 PM

...The floor of the house will end up about four foot higher than the garage floor and that figures out to about five steeps total.

 

 

? In my mind 4 ft. (48") adds up to 8 steps. 6" steps total is about max as we get older. If there is room, I suggest making the height of the steps a little shorter; your knees will thank-you when you hit 75.


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Posted December 02, 2015 - 07:28 AM

It is interesting following your progress Ray. Since I work for a framing contractor, the pics are great to see how others do it in other areas. I agree with your thought of 5 steps. If you make the treads a bit deeper it helps making them feel not as steep without adding extra treads.

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 05:50 PM

Work done today.

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I'm still working on the barn.  
There is a concrete pad with a a water faucet in the front of the barn.
This is where the most dirt has to come out to level the floor and this concrete hast to come out.
So I took that pad out today.

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I was hoping that it would come out in one piece and it did.
The entrance door for my workshop is going to be on the side of the barn at the back corner.
So instead of breaking this concrete pad up and throwing it away, I relocated it to the back corner of the barn where the door is going to be.
I dug a hole for the bottom part of the water faucet to set down into and will run a water line out to it later.

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 06:24 PM

You've got walls! Cool! Before long, you'll have a roof!


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