If you’re new here, we started building a new house about four weeks ago. We have been acting as our own general contractors to save some money and to give ourselves a challenge! You can see the final house and a weekly summary here.
This week Steve and Matt (Dovetail Carpentry) started framing our raised bungalow 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 the house.
The picture below is of the mudroom/laundry room and the front entrance. The building of this part was a little tricky to figure out, which was probably due to our blueprints. We went a little cheap on the house plans, and there were some changes to the plans that we probably should have made before we started building. In hind sight, spending a little extra money to get proper plans would have been a good idea. It will all work out fine, we just might have avoided a few headaches if we had better plans.
Under the mudroom is the crawlspace that will be used mostly for storage. This is also where the stairs will go.
And the view from the inside of the basement. The holes for the windows will be cut out later. Next week they will continue working on the raised bungalow knee wall, and depending on how everything goes, after that will be the beams and floor joists.