About the House (Under Construction, and the Page also)
This page is dedicated to sharing the trial and tribulations
of building our home. This is what we are trying to achieve.
More on pictures and status on
The House (Page 2).
The windows and skylights are are installed, the porch over
the entrance has decking added. The first row shows the loft/office
area, the skylight over the dinning area showing Black Butte from the loft
area, and more framing done in the master bedroom. The second row
shows the great room windows installed from inside and outside, the master
bath, and the entrance deck from the loft area. The last row
shows the kitchen window installed. (3/21/04)
The front porch is raised, note the year on the beam
that will be above the entrance. The doors arrived, the fireplace
is taking shape, and the deck is underway.(3/10/04)
Framing beings, for the timber frame house, the timber frame
is raised, and then the walls, and in this house, the bedrooms are
conventionally framed with standard stick construction. (Pictures from
2/10/2004 and 2/14/2004)
We have been putting together a time lapse movie of the 3+
day raising, once we can figure out how to make is small enough to post, we
will. But at the end, you may have to contact Rachel or James for a
Day 4 - Timber Frame Raising. The problems
mentioned yesterday are all fixed, and the sheeting is shown going up.
This sheeting is a tongue and groove spruce planking that is 1"x8" and
really looks great. We wish the pictures would do justice for the
actual house. (1/22/04)
Day 3 - Timber Frame Raising. Allot of progress
today, the majority of the timber Frame is up now, and just a few problem
spot's that will be fixed in the morning. We finally had a break in
the weather, and James was able to get some aerial pictures (on film so
please be patient). The first pictures is from the west side of the
house, the second from the south side, and the thrid shows two very happy
people. The last picture shows Mt. Jefferson in the background. (1/21/04)
Day 2 - Timber Frame Raising. Some good news,
it isn't raining anymore, but foggy and colder. The first pictures is
actually part of the frame raised yesterday that will become part of the
entry. The second pictures shows the frame at the end of the second
day. All the walls are up, and now the trusses are next. Check
back soon for more. (1/20/04)
Day 1 - Timber Frame Raising. Well the weather
started out nice, but of course that changed by mid day to rain. These
updates are going to be brief since we like to spend time out there watching
the progress. The first pictures are of Earthwood Homes getting ready
and assembling the first wall. (1/19/04)
Lifting the first Wall into place
End of Day 1
The timbers are almost ready for the frame raising.
These pictures were taken at the Earthwood Homes Plant. The timbers are
numbered and individually wrapped after cutting, final sanding, and oiling.
Well after skiing Rachel and I went out to see what else was
done, and the water tank is now moved inside, there is a heater (that will
stay) in the garage, and the siding is going up. The second picture is
a view out of the bonus room front window looking at Smith Rock (a world
know climbing spot) with Monkey Face centered in the picture. (12/21/03)
Some more updates from this week (hope everyone had a great
Turkey Day) where the rock pile from the excavation is now part of our
future yard. On Friday, I also made a trip to Earthwood in Sisters
where the next set of pictures of 'Wall D' being test fitted together come
from. The first line shows a post and beam going together that will
actually be the area near the top of the stairs. As with
the inlays in the posts shown below, the spine is also a black walnut.
The second line shows the wall going together from a better vantage point.
The processes of construction starts with the shop drawings, then the
individual beams are cut and the joinery done. At this point some of
the holes are pre-drilled and then it is pre-assembled (as shown here) to
test fit the parts and to drill the holes in the spines. At this
point, it is rare to install any of the pins to preserve the holes for the
final assembly. After any fine-tuning of the joints are made, the
beams are taken apart and finish sanded, then oiled, and protected until the
frame raising (January 19-23, 2004) at which point this is done over again,
and the pegs are installed, the using a crane, the frame is 'raised' into
its final place to make the finished frame.(11/28/03)
The first two pictures are from the 25th and show the NW
corner of the house, the rock retaining wall, and the corner of the house
with garage in the distance. The second two are from the 28th and show
the SW corner and the NW corner as seen from the West side of the house.
We went out to Earthwood to see the stair assembly that was
worked on this past week, to discuss the sheeting for the ceilings, and to
discuss some of the lighting plans. These are all parts of the timber
frame portion of the stairs. The outside of this will be
conventionally framed and completed after the main raising. Also we
now have the raising dates, it will be the week of January 18, 2004.
There are some new updates on the Earthwood Homes website (Earthwood) showing
some timbers being worked on. The dark strips you see on the ends are
a little addition the crafters at Earthwood came up with, they are some
black walnut inlays for the posts going up the stairs. Very nice touch
The Decking is down, and the garage is closed up.
Windows, and doors are now on order, power should be going in this week.
Things are starting to take shape. Laredo has done a great job
protecting the decking until the frame is completed and raised this January.
The pictures inside are from the garage, where the ski tuning bench will go
(See 10/17/03 update), you can see the stairs going from the right to the
left go to the bonus room upstairs. The second pictures is with Rachel
standing where the bench will go for a little better perspective.
The question if we will get snow at the new place (2,980'
elevation) has been answered. Now for the house progress, well more
work on the Garage, and the plumbing and HVAC are roughed in. (11/4/03)
Great News! The timbers have arrived from Canada and
we went out to look at them on Halloween. Ok a description of the
pictures, the first picture we are sanding in front of some of our timbers
(on top of some HUGE beams, the grayish beams). All the timber you
seed on the huge beams is for our place (2 stacks), the second picture is
some more of the timbers for the house portion, and finishing up the first
line is another picture of us. The timbers still wrapped up are for
our porches, this is a bit more of a rough cut that will give that great
rustic look we are going for, and the last pictures is close up of one of
the beams to show off one of the better 'sticks' . (11/2/03)
More progress, and a great sunset tonight so I couldn't
resist taking some pictures of that. The trusses are up, and the
plumbing is being roughed in. One pictures shows the view through the
bonus room from the pile of rock and dirt from the excavation. (10/23/03)
Well the latest is the plywood is going up on the garage,
and the plumbing is getting started under the floor. If all goes per
plan, the decking should be started on 3rd of November. These pictures
are from this weekend, and from Tuesday. (10/22/03)
Well allot has changed since the 1st of the month, the floor
beams are in, and the garage is started. The first pictures show the
floor of the house, and the third shows how flat the floor beams are
installed. This pictures is taken with the cameral sitting on top of
the floor beams looking to the south. The next two pictures are of the
garage, and the second is the view towards the Sisters from what will be the
ski tuning bench. :) (10/17/03)
Some more pictures from today and this weekend. The
big news is the garage is ready for the slab to be poured, the back filling
is done, and the wood should arrive this week, or early next week. The
plan is to start framing for the floor the early next week, with the garage
to follow after that. (10/1/03)
Some pictures from this weekend show the forms removed from
the foundation, and the backfilling started.
Ok we have been slacking a bit on the updates. So here
we go. As of this past weekend, the stem walls are done, the back
filling has begun and will continue this week, including the finishing of
the septic system. The next items being worked on are the slab for the
garage, and wood should end up on site this week or next week so the floors
and garage can begin. Most of these pictures are from around
9-24-03. The flying picture is from our contractor that was up flying
one Saturday morning and flew over the project. (9/29/03)
Well the push out is virtually completed, and the excavator
has been called out to work the B&B Complex fire that is located
approximately 27miles west/northwest of the property so don't worry, we just
get the breath the smoke. We didn't make it out to the land this
weekend since Rachel was backpacking by Broken Top and James was up at the
Madras Airshow with the Glider Club. I wish I had some pictures for
the ferry flight from Bend to Madras (34nm) because we were VFR 'On Top" for
awhile under tow. Not to mention we were above the smoke which was a
nice break. (8/25/03)
moving out some equipment, the old rock piles were moved out of the way
and the house location verified. The arrow is the west side (back
of the house) where the center of the great room will be.
a view from that great room towards Mt. Jefferson
a view looking west from the great room towards Black Butte and Three
Had a great meeting with Earthwood and saw the details of
the frame shop drawings so wood can be ordered this month. Then had a
meeting with Laredo Construction at the land. (8/5/03)
Well good and bad news, we postponed the ground braking to
avoid a month dead time between the frame raising and the foundation
completion. Frame raising is set for the middle of January 2004.
The House Construction
First of all, we are building a timber frame home (a.k.a.
Post and Beam, Mortise and Tenon, etc), and this should not be confused with
a log home. Timber framing uses beams (Kris calles them sticks) that
are crafted to fit together, and held together with pegs. This is a
very old method of building and used in both historic Europe, as well as
Asia (especially Japan. The figure below, and the picture of a home
also build by Earthwood will show you how different a Timber Frame home is
from a log home.
After the frame is raised (final assembly on site),
conventional framing techniques will be used to put the walls up, and for
building the garage and bedroom side of the house.
Here is another house built by Earthwood which Rachel and I
have really enjoyed, and has some features that will be found in our home.
Who is building our House:
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