This part of the building process is where things really start to happen! The framing can begin. Framing a house goes very fast and seeing our home come to life is truly amazing. I know, I know; homes are built every day, so why is this so exciting? Well, in so many ways, home building is an incredible process that takes so many working parts, and merges people and materials together to create often a one-of-a-kind home. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me. It amazes my husband and I at how it’s all coming together so nicely.
Exterior Walls & Trusses
Our home has 2” x 4” exterior walls. This type of wall construction is pretty common, actually. However, there are many house plans with 2” x 6” exterior walls being built all across the country and in many regions such as the northern states, 2” x 6” walls are built in order to meet local code requirements. Although 2” x 6” walls are more efficient overall, our home is implementing several energy efficient features such as energy efficient windows, water heater, and furnace, so we are fine with 2” x 4” exterior walls.V
Trusses are the type of roofing construction our builder is using when constructing our home. Trusses are typically lightweight and easy to install and allow for plumbing and electrical to be added without any issues. They adhere to industry standards and code compliance, so a project runs smoothly throughout installation without any surprises. Plus, trusses generate less waste on the jobsite and less chance of lumber theft, which I really like the idea of being conscious of waste and the environment.
Almost daily visits need to start now. A lot can happen in one day so visit the home site every day or every other day to stay on top of the building process, because things change quickly.
For example, the builder said the master bedroom closet no longer has a “bump out” in it because a vent from the basement going out of the house went up through the master bedroom closet on the original house blueprints. Now, the closet is exactly rectangular in shape. But, in the first day of framing, the bump out took shape in our closet. Luckily, they have the added framing for the jog, and the bump out in the wall is removed within a day.
You know your new home better than anybody, especially the customizing you made to the original house plans. It’s a great idea to stay on top of your modifications since the contractors aren’t used to building the house plans like that if they build the original floor plan layout often.
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