Week 12 – Going up!

WEEK 12 – Sometimes, big jumps in progress require a big push, and this week that came in the form of a four day visit from my parents so that Dad could help Josh get the second floor trusses into position. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before they arrived, we worked feverishly to get the rest of the first floor, exterior walls up. I tipped up walls. Our friends came to tip up walls. Josh tipped up little ones himself. It was a full on framing frenzy.

On Thursday, Dad and Josh went out to plumb and level the walls as well as frame the interior, load bearing walls needed to support the floor trusses. It rained. Go figure. And Mom and I took on the all important task of pushing water around the subfloor into a hole that would drain in the basement. This was one of two important tasks we completed over the long weekend, the other being sorting through the scrap lumber to figure out what was truly scrap and what could be used as blocking between studs.

For two days Josh and Dad moved trusses into position and hauled things up to the second floor. There are currently stacks of subfloor waiting to be put down, and the staircase which needs treads. The rest of the second floor gets flooring via the roof trusses which are engineered with the “bonus space” above the garage in place, and will also go over the kitchen and bathroom. It will take a materials lift or crane to get those pieces into position, which we hope to be ready for in early July (which is next week already!!)

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Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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