Blog Cabin 2013: Final Stages of Framing

The home gets dried in, rough-ins are installed and windows and doors are set in place.

Exterior sheathing and a special nailing pattern provide a vertical load path from the roof to footing. In areas without sheathing, straps retain the top plate and header to the studs in between windows, thereby resisting uplift.

On the south exposure, several areas between the main doors and windows cannot rely on continuous sheathing to resist uplift. Since the load path is two stories in this area, a threaded rod from the roof to plate to the footing is used.

Flipping hangers upside down increases uplift capacity.

The view from the dock will be spectacular once the renovation is complete. Foundation design maintains the home’s connection to the land and surrounding cedar trees.

The Desperate Landscapes crew will help transform the dock, which is in dire need of TLC.

Making small spaces feel expansive is a challenge this year. To maximize the feel of the Mega Dens family room space, a large, open and airy ceiling has been installed, complete with center ridge beam. All load is imparted to this beam and transferred to the footings. The online audience decided the finish of this ceiling.

Light, filtered into the core of the house, visually expands the interior. The cupola and light well pay homage to local lifesaving stations. Online voters chose the flooring pattern that will be installed under this light well.

The vertical post for the ridge beam is evident. This built-up post is stacked through the first floor and down to the foundation wall. The roof rafters of the south gabled porch are cantilevered out over the exterior wall to increase the ceiling in the family room and lower the total load imparted on the lower porch roof to support the upper gable.

A large rolling door will open the family room to the stair landing. On a beautiful day, light and air will flow freely throughout the house and increase the perceived room size.

The cupola is centered on the north-south ridge and draws natural light into the core of the house. Online voters chose the decorative accent, visible from the exterior, that will be suspended here.

Exposed rafter tails express the home’s farmhouse style.

A face-mounted header is installed to carry the load from the porch rafters and transfer it to beams embedded in the lower porch roof.

Reclaimed heart pine lumber from interior beams and columns will be used to craft DIY furniture and home details.

Cupola strapping is now installed.

These rafters, cantilevered over the exterior wall, transfer some of the porch load back into the ridge beam.

Casement windows have been installed in the new entry/sitting room and the full glass door awaits.

Interior rough-ins for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are under way. Floor joists have been expanded to accommodate rough-ins without compromising strength or requiring interior soffits.

Locations of the home’s original load-bearing walls, overhangs and roof lines remain. "Additions" include the second-floor bedroom over the master bedroom, the entryway under the original porch roof, the lifesaving station-style cupola, and the master bathroom on the west side, which offsets the area gained by removal of the south kitchen.