This week at the Idea Home, Joe, Greg and Jeff from Joe Finnemore Housewright braved the brisk winds to frame the second floor walls and install the roof rafters on the main house. The Zip System which was used on the walls in green is also available for the roof, differentiated by the signature red brick-style color, creating a fun and unique look. An expert in his field, Joe Finnemore says, “The Zip System is an excellent way to keep the building weather-tight until all the roof shingles and siding are installed, allowing for a more comfortable environment as the interior work begins.”
The lumber from Shepley Wood Products has arrived. And so begins a crucial step in the building progress, the framing of the Idea Home. Two key definitions in today’s update are:
“Sill” – pressure treated wood that is bolted to the top of the foundation.
“Floor Joists” – wooden supports that sit on top of the sill to create structure for the plywood on the first floor.
Expert framer Joe Finnemore and his team worked through this dreary day to put in place the sill and floor joists. According to Finnemore, “It’s important that the sill is square and plumb and the deck is level at the start of the process, as every step in the future of the framing is dependent upon that determination.” Well said, Joe — after all, nobody wants a crooked house!
Today at the Idea Home site, our partners from A&E Forms arrived to place the forms for the footings of the foundation. According to A&E owner Tom Williamson, “The key to success is making sure that the forms are level and square for the footings so the walls which will eventually be placed onto the footings will also remain level and square.” These footings forms are now being filled with concrete and after setting, the wooden boards will be removed tomorrow.
The A&E Forms truck arrived early to start the forms for the footings.
Forms fill the back of the A&E truck.
Placing the footings in the cellar hole.
The footings are in place.
Colorful cranberry bogs. A picturesque pond. A neighborhood park complete with a gazebo and benches. Stand on Kingsbury Hollow’s Lot #6, future home of the Idea Home, and every direction offers a fantastic view! Once the lot was selected, the permit preparations began including site plans, building plans and a well drilled to test the water. Soon, the site will become a hub of activity!
Cranberry Bog view from Idea Home site
Construction Manager Tom Grew studies Idea Home plans
Idea Home address selected: 11 Redtail Lane
Water well drill test on Idea Home site