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Boat Barn:  Construction               

Follow the construction of the boat barn, from framing to roofing to electrical.
        Framing Detail Photos
Raising the Walls      
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Click here to see some of the specific framing details.

Getting Oriented

For your convenience during this and subsequent discussions of the barn, It might be useful for me to give you, dear reader, some directional references concerning the barn.  I will generally refer to the walls by the direction they face, so knowing which is which could be helpful.

barnorient.jpg (27663 bytes)East Wall:  The front wall, featuring a large 18' wide door opening.  This wall obviously faces the driveway; it doesn't face directly east, but it's the closest cardinal reference.

South Wall:  Facing the front of the building from the driveway, this is the lefthand wall.  It's the wall that runs along the gravel boat storage pad next to the slab.  For maximum natural light, I plan on installing a series of windows high up in this wall.  There is also a 6' wide by 10' high utility door planned near the back side of this wall for easy access to and from the pad.

North Wall:  Facing the front of the building from the driveway, this is the right-hand wall.  This is a basic, blank wall, broken up only by a 3' wide entry door near the front (east) corner.

West Wall:  The back wall.  The design calls for a row of five windows, located a little over 3' above the floor and centered in the wall.  This wall backs up closely to the trees behind the site.

Monday, August 18, 2003
Framing Day 1

lumberarrives-o.jpg (75931 bytes)It was a leisurely start on the site this day for Bob and Lee.  They rolled in about 0845 followed shortly by a flatbed lumber delivery truck piled high with 2x6s, 2x10s, and a large stack of T-111 plywood siding.  I went out and discussed with Bob the final details on the rough openings for some framed windows and doors.  The lumber truck tipped its load onto the driveway in front of the barn and took off.

dumplumber-o.jpg (99130 bytes)I was gone most of the day, after Bob and I talked over a little more of the nitty-gritty, but when I got home in the afternoon there were signs of progress--though the crew had already gone home.

No walls were actually completed, but it looked like a substantial amount of pre-cutting had occurred, and the south wall, which is the most complex of the four walls since it contains window and door openings, was all laid loosely out with all parts cut to size, but not nailed together.  I made a few quick measurements of the openings and such to ensure that all was as designed--no mistakes were evident.  When I had my garage on the house built in 1996, the crew screwed up royally on the first day, framing all the walls over a foot too short.  Duh.  So I was careful to ensure that the framing--and other parts of the barn job--went according to plan from the getgo.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Framing Day 2

windowwall.jpg (64945 bytes)Another hot, beautiful, clear day--perfect for framing.  Bob and Lee got right to work, beginning where the left off the day before:  nailing up the first (south) wall.  I was away most of the day, but when I returned in the midafternoon both side (long) walls were complete, all nailed up and lying on the slab.  The south wall contains a series of openings for windows, as designed, plus a large side door opening near the back; the north wall is unadorned and very simple, except for a normal man (ingress) door near the front corner, nearest the house.  The walls are framed with 2x6 lumber over 2x6 pressure-treated bottom plates, with slim metal angle bracing at the end corners.   With roof trusses not scheduled for delivery here until the 28th, I don't think Bob felt any particular pressure to (ahem) bang the framing out as quickly as possible, so they aren't tending to work particularly long days.  Bob and I were both hopeful that the trusses might get delivered earlier and keep things moving along.

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For my own future reference and interest--and anyone else's, of course--I decided to catalog many of the specific framing details as they occur, creating a photographic instruction manual, of sorts, from which to draw information at some later date.  

Click here to see some of the specific framing details.

Thursday, August 21, 2003
Framing Day 3

After a day away from the site so he could tend to some personal business, Bob was back bright and early at about 0630.  The forecast for the day was for some pretty intense heat, so obviously he figured it would be best to get started early in the day before the heat was too bad (it gets very hot out on the slab, as it is directly in the sun during all of the morning and through the hottest part of the afternoon before finally beginning to get shaded at about 1500).

t111siding.jpg (54859 bytes)Bob and Lee set right to work tacking on the sheathing onto the two wall sections already built.  I'm using T-111 plywood sheathing, which doubles as siding because of its grooved external finish.  It's a budget choice--I'd enjoy having cedar clapboards and shingles--but it gets the job done quickly and efficiently, and doesn't look too bad.  I vastly prefer it to vinyl siding, which was the other budget choice.  When painted up and trimmed properly, the plywood looks decent.  One benefit to T-111 is that is forms a good base should I choose, at some later date, to install shingles or claps over the top, should desire and current budget dictate such a change.

backwall1-o.jpg (61854 bytes) The got the sheathing installed on both sidewalls, and then began laying out the back wall on top.  By about 1130, I guess it was too hot, because they knocked off.  When I went out later to check out the new work, I noticed immediately that they had begun to frame the windows shown on the back of the barn in the wrong place; they had begun to frame them as clerestory windows (like the ones on the south wall) instead of down lower in the wall as shown on the plan.  Fortunately, the windows were not completely framed in--only the bottom edges of all the studs were nailed, and no headers or jambs had been installed yet.

backwall3-o.jpg (77395 bytes) This mistake got me thinking long and hard about whether I wanted the windows moved down, as planned, or whether it made sense to leave them up high as framed.  Both options made sense, but in the end I thought the lower windows might be nice to allow some views outside when working at floor level in the barn--always an important consideration.  The windows' designed location is such that their sills will be several inches above a bench I planned to build along the back wall.

Friday, August 22, 2003
Framing Day 4

I had to leave early in the morning, so I didn't have a chance to chat with Bob about the window framing.  So I left a note on his trailer to let him know, and when I returned later in the day he had reframed all the openings as needed.  As it turned out, it was just as well, as Bob related to me later:  yesterday, he had framed the window openings with the wrong measurements to begin with, reversing the width and height measurements, so the windows had to be reframed anyway.  He explained that this unknown quantity, in addition to the general heat of the day before, was why they had knocked off early, and had even gone to the store to measure the windows physically to ensure which way was which.

backwall-o.jpg (60983 bytes)The newly-framed openings and back wall looked great, and by the end of the day they also had the front wall framed up; this was a relatively easy wall, as it features a large door opening (18' W by full height, minus the 10" header at the top).  They left the front and back walls unsheathed, saying they preferred to apply the sheathing once the walls were standing because it made framing the gables easier, etc.  Whatever they like is fine with me!

Click here to see a series of detailed photos of the framing.

maindoor1-o.jpg (58303 bytes)With that, the basic framing was done, and work was over until the roof trusses arrived.  The trusses were scheduled for delivery in just under a week, the next Thursday, August 28.  The walls and trusses will be raised in one day with a crane on site; the crane was scheduled for the following Tuesday, September 2.




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