The flooring for the top story is going in now, and we can finally stand in our living room and bedroom areas, and start feel what it will be like to live here. Yesterday, we spent a couple of hours climbing around, measuring rooms, looking at the view, and imagining where furniture will go, where windows will be. Every time we come out, our project seems more tangible, more real.
A week ago, the site looked like this first pic below. Half of the 2nd floor is framed out, and a few 3rd floor joists are in place. By the way, that debris pile on the right is my responsibility — I am hauling the junk away from the site each week, to keep things nice and neat, at the request of our general contractor. Bob has a good point; I’m sure the neighbors appreciate a clean site. I’m also recycling everything possible.
The second pic is a few days later. The 2nd floor actually has a floor, and the huge 4×16” beams across the front of the 3rd floor have been jacked up and secured in place. Framing is also done above the right-side wing wall, where the living room will cantilever out over the hillside to meet the wall.
This shows the site now, with a lot of the 3rd floor flooring installed. The picture at the top of the page gives you an idea of what the top looks like, with part of the flooring in place.
The 3rd floor deck is on the left of this picture, where you see the floor drop down a couple of inches. The master bedroom will be in the middle and the area to the right. The deck will be 18’ feet wide, and 9-1/2’ deep. This is where the spiral stair will go, connecting up to the deck on top. In the background, you see the open space across the street.
Remember the piece of concrete wall that was in the way, and had to be removed? Brent Harris came out this week with appropriate power tools, and removed it. All that’s left is a rough area on the end of the wall, and about 2” just visible below the floor joists.
Just for fun, here is a pic of a lumber delivery in the middle of the week. The truck has rollers on the bed, so that once the securing straps are removed, the whole package of 2×4’s, plywood and joists can be shoved off the back, landing on the pavement with a thud. These guys make it look easy, but there is always danger. What would happen if a strap broke at the wrong moment?