The second floor walls were the fastest construction of all the levels – by now, Austin knew his exact process and knocked it out. There was also a motivation factor that once we finished this, we will be hiring out more of the trades and the house will really start taking shape.
My grandpa was in town for a week and he insisted on helping Austin. It was over a hundred degrees, but he was out there lending his hand. Such awesome men!
The arched windows above the living room were a pain in the neck for Austin to build – but they are one of my favorite features of the house.
Here it is, on the day of the pour for the 2nd floor walls: Now it’s time to get the trusses ordered – but hold on, we’re talking a bit of a redesign for the roof to allow for a flat roof and future rooftop plaza~
It has been the rainiest May on record, so we have had to re-schedule and push our concrete pour out multiple times! Fingers crossed we can pour next week.
Meanwhile, this weekend, Austin built the stairs to the 2nd floor. This was quite the task, and involved a few hours standing in Home Depot picking out the right fasteners and lumber. In the end, he determined it would be easiest to notch the stringers rather than install a fastener clip to each tread.
You can’t see it in the photo, but the landing is spiral-stepped to allow for the 180 degree turn and return to the 2nd floor.
It’s so convenient having access to the 2nd floor – this will assist the concrete finishers greatly when the come out to place the concrete. Hopefully soon!
Looking down from the stairs, my two favorite boys – standing in the blockout for the front door.
The retaining wall is something that totally transformed our property. It made it possible to backfill, and therefore actually make the front portion of our basement underground! (The rest will be “above” the backyard, thus it is called a Walk-out basement).
It took about 9 days from the delivery of the block for the crew to complete the installation of the walls. There’s approximately 1000 square foot of wall.
The wall continues on around the side of the house, wrapping around to the driveway.
You can also see the first floor walls are up and formed! We are now working on shoring for the deck and then we will be ready to pour.