Once the foundation gets poured, the framers come in and it gets noisy!
The project got a little behind because we found some problems with the drawings that the engineer did. I give credit to my framer and truss designer for catching the issues and giving me a heads up. The way the engineers had designed the loads, was incorrect. As a result, we had to kick the project back to them. Several meetings and weeks later, we received the new drawings and were able to get started again.
While the delay is unfortunate, if you find a problem like this, you MUST stop the project and get it right. Incorrect framing and load calculations can be a complete disaster, causing structural problems with the house.
Now that we’re back on track, we’re framing up the house.
At this point in the process, there are a couple of things to really watch. If you’re designing a 2 story house, the stairs get framed in at this point. In order to get the rise correct, you’ll need to know what your flooring choice and width will be, or your bottom stair will be wrong. The consequence of this, is that at a later time, the stairs might have to be ripped out and re-framed. If there is a mistake on this and you’re lucky, it will be caught early in the process. If you’re very unlucky and nobody catches it, you might not have this flagged until your final inspection, making the re-do very, very, painful and expensive.
You also want to be paying attention to your plans and make sure things are being built to spec. You will likely have several documents that you need to refer to: your plans from the architect, your framing design done by an engineer, and your truss design. Continually check the work that is being performed to the specs.
While all of this work is being done, be sure to be planning for the next trades that are in line. Your plumber, HVAC and electrician will be coming in. Be sure to have your valves bought so your plumber can be put them in the wall and you’ll need your bathtubs on-site for installation. Your electrician won’t need fixtures, but he’ll need to know of any special wiring that needs to be done like low-voltage, extra plugs, and where appliances will be.
In the next video, we’ll be talking about the mechanical and trade installs.