Deck Framed

The deck has been framed, but does not have any stairs, decking, or posts yet. Excavator should be there this week to dig the forms for the posts. The deck extends 10′ off of the back of the house and runs more than the full width to allow for stairs up on each side of the house.

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So excited to use the deck when the weather warms up next year. IMG 0429

Rough Electric & Plumbing Complete

Rough electric complete in kitchen. Recessed lights will go in after the cabinets. Also, you can see the slider going onto the deck in the back of the kitchen.

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Cable and receptacle in the middle of the wall ready to host our flat screen.IMG 0076

Top of the stairs

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Master bath rough electric and plumbing

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Windows In and First Floor Opened

More and more noticeable changes over the past couple of weeks. Almost all of the windows are in, the first floor demo is 90% complete and the messy back yard has been re-graded. The crew was at the house this morning waiting on stock to start framing the deck. 

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New stairs to come in the front. The overhang will have brackets, when completed. not columns as we initially planned.

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First floor opened up. No more chimney. Wall to the left of the stairs will be brought out to meet the column in the middle.

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Whole for slider onto the deck has been opened up.

Some pics of the back yard after regrading.

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Multitude of perennials have been moved to the back of the yard for replacement around the property. That’s some work we will tackle, cutting in new beds, moving plants around, etc. Most likely, we’ll end up using the services of a local garden center such as Mahoney’s or Corliss Bros to give us some direction, so that things look as good as could be.

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Framed Second Floor

There isn’t much left to frame, except for some minor details here and there. The rooms all have walls now.

View of rough stairs leading up to second floor. The stairs bottom out against a wall on the first floor, but that wall is to be removed when work on the first floor begins.

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Looking over to back left bedroom from what will be the hallway.IMG 0041

Front of wall for common bath.

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Front bedroom.

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Looking through door to master bedroom.

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From master bedroom, looking back towards master bath and walk in closet.

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Modified Layout for Master Suite

Initially, I tried to come up with a layout for the second floor that I thought would work well.


Realizing that this is the first time I ever put together a floor layout, the first thing I told my GC when I handed this off was that it was my attempt to do my best to show what we are wanted in spirit and that he should take liberty to suggest changes where he sees fit. Last night he provided me a drawing of a layout for the master suite that changes my layout a bit, but for the better. You can tell he’s done and seen many layouts.


Pushing the shower into the master closet space is a no brainer. Seems obvious now, but I didn’t think of doing that. I also like that the doors will fit, so that the bath and closet have separate doors.

The crew was on the second floor this week cutting in and framing stairs to the second level and framing the second floor. As of this morning, the bedrooms had been framed with the master bath and master closet to get framed today. More pics of the completed second floor framing to come later in the week.

Update 8/20:

The master suite was actually adjusted again before they framed. Here is the latest copy. The shower heads are not going to be as planned. Those are going to be moved to the wall that backs up to the walk in closet. Plumbing on outside walls in New England is possible, but not worth it, if not necessary.

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The door to the walk in closet is actually located within the bathroom now. We like that because it should leave more room on the master bedroom wall for furniture.

Minimal Framing on Second Floor Interior

As the first week of construction came to a close, I climbed up to the second floor to check out the framing completed, as seen from inside. The second floor has 2 bedrooms, a common bath, and a master suite, so there is a lot more interior framing to be completed and some window location to finalize.

View towards open space for master suite.

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View towards master bedroom.

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View towards front bedroom.

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View towards back bedroom.

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Opening for a ridge vent.

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With the hallway and master bedroom configuration, a carrying beam was used.IMG 0028

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A view into my neighbor’s yard. The neighborhood is quiet, so the back yard space is tranquil.IMG 0036

Window for master bath.

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The Roof Takes Shape

A day after the second floor was framed, the roof started going on.

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Plywood went on first, followed by Grace underlayment 6′ up from rafters with tar paper for the remainder of the roof and Timberline architectural shingles on top. We went with a Pewter Grey shingle color.

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Second Floor Framing Begins

Immediately following the demo and removal of the roof, the framing for the second story begin and finished up quickly. With good weather planned for the week of 9/10-9/14, the GC got a big crew working to get the second story framed and roofed before the week finished. There are a few windows  that we are still working out exact size and location for, so for now, you see less openings than planned. Putting a window in after framing is much easier than moving one. 

The second level is 2×6 construction with 2×10 ceiling joists, and 2×10 rafters.

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