Muirkirk Hand Cutcomments (3) August 25th, 2009 in Project Gallery
This house just started out as a rambler with a huge roof that we chose to stick frame instead of truss. After we got it framed and saw how much attic there was, we framed that in. The house went from about 2000 sq ft to almost 4000 sq ft. It had 3 stairways total, one full set up to the bonus room, then another 4 riser set up to a bathroom over the kitchen and then another 4 riser set up to the spare room over the dining room.
We were able to add 1 bedroom + walk in closet, 1 kitchenette, 1 bathroom with 3' shower and then one large room that could be a bedroom, and also the bonus/media room.
Nearly this entire roof was precut on the ground. I spent a lot of time with the plans before we started framing and made sure everything was square and parallel. We did very little recutting, but a whole lot of rafter framing.
You can see all of that here http://picasaweb.google.com/TimothyUhler/Muirkirk?feat=directlink I lost all my pictures of the framing process but the ones I had already uploaded in a computer crash a few years ago. I also never did get finished pictures inside even though my parents lived there for 2 years!!
This house generated a lot of positive comments from the neighbors as we framed it. At the time the oldest guy on our 4 man crew was 28 and I was 27, then the other 2 guys on the crew had been framing for about 6 months and were in their early 20's. One neighbor told me that he enjoyed the fact that craftsman built this house and not the hacks who just slap things together.
We had some great water fights on this job too. A very fun job.
Design or Plan used: Gerry Slick
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