One weekend in June, my sister and her fiancée visit from Chicago to help us on what feels like an inaugural day. The platform has been built and the stage is set for the house to start taking shape! With the additional muscle and enthusiasm, we are able to make more progress than we are used to seeing in one day since starting the project with a 2-man crew.
After a crash course on safety, wall framing notation, and tool technique, we are off to the races.
The exterior walls are constructed of 2×8 lumber, with studs spaced 24 inches on center. The ceiling will be 9 feet tall, creating a roomier sense of space in compact areas of the floor plan. The wider-than-average stud spacing creates large bays for insulation, improving the energy efficiency of the house. Each stud is a “weak point” in terms of heat transmission, since they create a break in the insulation that envelops the house, and wood has much lower R-value than fiberglass. This effect is minimized with the type of wall we are constructing.
Extra deep walls imply extra heavy lifting when it’s time to erect a section. We discover that a 16 foot section is the limit and it’s best to leave out door and window headers to be installed later.