Week 5: Steel Beams and Floor Joists

Last week we had two ~30 foot steel beams delivered and installed. I wasn’t there, but I was told they were very heavy. We got the beams from Quintan Products in Winchester, Ontario.  By the end of the week all the floor joists were installed. We decided to go with the webbed floor joists. This…

Week 4: Framing the Knee Wall

This week Steve and Matt (Dovetail Carpentry) started framing the knee wall above the concrete foundation. We are building a raised bungalow, so the concrete foundation is about five feet in the ground. The ceilings in the basement will be nine feet, so they built a four foot knee wall all around the outside of…

Week 3: Concrete For The Foundation

It doesn’t look like a lot of progress was made this week, but pouring the concrete for the foundation was a pretty big deal and we feel like we’re getting closer to finishing the foundation. Before doing the concrete the insulated concrete forms (ICF) had to be braced so the wall didn’t fall over. (Last…

Week 2: Insulated Concrete Forms ICF Foundation

After the foundation footing concrete was poured last week, it was left to dry for a day or two before removing the forms. This past week the guys got everything ready to start the foundation walls – this included installing the weeping tile all around the footings, and then covering the weeping tile with more…