What a Week!
Wow! That’s all I can say this week. After watching the tortoise’s pace of clearing, excavating, footings, etc., etc…this week certainly went like the hare. The last time I was at the lake, the foundation was done but no slab yet. What a difference a week makes!
As you can see, the framers made a little progress. This is the view that faces the lake. The rough openings on this side will be windows and a sliding patio door. You can also see that the they’ve got a post in place ready for the big LVL beam. All of the first floor partitions are framed and, that lumber laying on the second floor is all of the rafters got and ready to go. I bet they’ll get the roof framed and sheathed on Monday.
Here’s a view from the south facing side. The rough opening to the left will be for windows in the dining area and the one to the right is for a bay window.
Here’s a view from the back of the cottage taken earlier in the day before showing the rough openings for the windows for the two bedrooms (they’re using one of the openings as the entryway so it’s not fully framed yet.
One experiment I tried was to use T1-11 plywood ( a trextured and grooved plywood usually used for siding) as the subfloor material with the grooves facing down. I was hoping that it might look good enough to be the finished ceiling and I think, with a little trim work that it just might:
The ladder here is where the stairs to the loft will be
When I came back at the end of the day, the tanks and manhole for the pump were in place
One thing that I’ve been somewhat conscious of is the view of the building from the lake. We’ve been hoping to keep it pretty well hidden and not be conspicuous. I drove around to other side of the lake and took this picture. I think we’re pretty well hidden and with brown siding, it should blend in even more. We’re in the middle of the this image, to the left of the pretty visible cottage. If you look closely, that’s our little aluminum boat sitting on the dock.