The weather is starting to change, so I’m in a race to get things buttoned up before we get below freezing. Not to mention that I ripped out both floors’ HVAC systems. Yikes! Gotta kick things into overdrive.
A word about wall construction. There are several ways to build the wall corners. I usually build them with a ‘U’ shaped element that faces towards the interior. This allows you to insulate the corners after the sheathing is on. The old school guys used different construction methods which would leave voids in the corner after sheathing. I filled all the voids in the corners with rigid foam before they came back to sheath the walls.
Here the sheathing is going on. Most folks use strand board for exterior sheathing. I’ve never been a big fan of strand because it has less nail holding power over plywood. I also like to go over code requirements. In our area, the roof sheathing minimum is 7/16″ I use 5/8″ CDX ply, wall minimum is 3/8″ and I used 1/2″ CDX ply.
Here you can see the sight line from the kitchen. The reason this thing has taken so long and cost so much is that ‘no plan’ thing again. I started a couple of years ago thinking I wouldn’t be adding the sunroom – so I had placed a new custom exterior 4′ french door at the tune of 700.00 – now gone. The wine bar location to the left was finished, ready for cabinets and counter tops – but I decided to redo that area and raise the ceiling.
Speaking of ceilings – I have a story to tell about the one I finished, then removed in a future kitchen post.
Here is the fireplace wall. I plan to add a direct vent fireplace with media center here. Built-in cabinets and another stained glass window above. The top window was supposed to be an octagonal window – but the framers didn’t do the rough framing. I’ll show you how to do it later – maybe they’ll take notes.
And the wine bar area before I tear it apart for the second time. I swear I have too much energy and not enough sense. You can see the 2X12 headers that are used above all of the openings – this will allow 8′ openings into each space. Most rooms have 9′ ceilings.
Stick around – more hi-jinx to come.