|Cisco, with his keen cocker spaniel guard dog instincts, has managed to find the front door.|
|A skeleton crew builds the guest room while we wait for the rest of the lumber to arrive.|
Overall, the framing stage is one of the most thrilling phases of the construction process. Each day the house looks different and it's exciting to finally see your house plans spring to life. We initially got off to a slow start (which I barked about because I have the patience of a 2-year-old) because we were waiting for a lumber drop. To keep things moving our general contractor picked up some lumber himself, but we limped along until the full order arrived.
Lesson 1: Construction is taking off in the Bay Area. Order your supplies well in advance.
|Lumber is pre-cut, sorted by size and ready to fly up into the walls.|
Lesson 2: Ordering pre-cut lumber speeds up the framing process but it takes longer to prepare. (Now repeat Lesson 1 after me, order your supplies in advance!)
|Assembling walls on a level surface (like the subfloor) makes framing go faster. Mini-cheerleaders help too.|
|Raising the living room wall into place requires a little extra manpower.|
|Wow, a lot can happen in a day!|