Happy Fourth of July!
That’s what Jack thinks about the Fourth of July. I’d say not impressed. (He doesn’t love loud noises that sound like guns or children screaming.)
WOW! The month has flown by!
We just finished the Kairos course in Springfield (the first ever in Springfield!) which was amazing!
During that time, our house was also being framed. Meaning our builder was balancing both all week. I’m pretty sure he works harder in “retirement” than most of us do every day!
Check it out! Our new basement family room!
This is the view of the basement framed from the back yard.
Next came the decking (or flooring for the main level) and they began framing the main floor!
The big hole in the floor is where our stairs to the basement will be.
We had some (more) decisions to make about the front windows. The architect plan had them going to the soffit in the kitchen and front bedroom (The right 2 windows in this picture), but below the soffit on the closet (the furthest to the left). The tall window will be in our staircase with a gable above and it was in line with the kitchen and bedroom window.
In order to have the windows trimmed in white (which I’m pumped about!) the windows needed to be moved down. Well after some going back and forth on which would look better, we decided to leave all of them lower than the soffit with the exception of the staircase window…because
If you notice in this picture the front door (to the right) is 10 feet high, while the wall in front of the staircase is only 9 feet high. This whole area was supposed to have 10 foot ceilings…hmmm.
We were left with 3 options.
1) Drop the whole area down to 9 feet ceilings then step up to 10 feet at the end of this area where it meets the living room.
2) Drop only the stair area to 9 feet ceilings with a box stepping up to 10 feet surrounding it.
3) Raise the walls and roof 1 foot.
Well, a skill that I’m painfully learning is to make decisions like these in oh, say 30 minutes or less so the framers can keep working. Woah.
Anyone who knows me, knows this isn’t enough time to put it into GIMP and compare how it will look or make a list of pro’s and con’s.
So, on the spot, our builder and I evaluated the options on the job site.
1) Option 1 would mean the door and transom we ordered would have to be shortened with no trim between the door and transom, but would leave.
2) Option 2 would look like an accident we tried to cover up.
3) Option 3 would mean the roof line would be higher and the peak in the back roof would be even higher. The staircase window, which I already was afraid was too low, would look even lower.
SO, we decided to go with option 3 and our builder raised the window himself!
I also got to witness some Amish Acrobatics…
The crew kept working and here’s how it looks now!
They will keep working hard today even though we’re taking the day off to relax.
We should be under roof soon!!