Monday, December 19, 2011

weekend update

happy monday morning- the sun is still shining here in Durango and temperatures we beautiful all weekend.  saturday was a very productive day with mario, pilar, and björn working hard to get the second floor system completed and ready for panels.

warmboard on the second floor

the same system was used for the second floor as seen here on the first floor.  i-joists were laid up on the tops of the first floor sip panels with some spanning the entire 35' and others being supported by the first floor structural walls that björn and i built a little while back as seen here.  rim board finished the edge of the second floor and then the same warm board product was applied with floor adhesive and 16d nails (all this refers to is the length of the nail- they are 3.25")

the view from the top

mario and pilar then applied the same 2x8 nailing plates to the perimeter of the second floor, which the sip panels sit down on.

putting on the nailing plates

björn and i worked on building the rear wall of the great room.  this piece is quite the puzzle because of all of the windows that are in this wall, and the fact that this wall is supporting the ridge beam which supports the roof.  this simply means there is a lot of lumber that we have to fit into the panels to give enough support for this wall.  we actually have taken a few days to figure out this wall and it is now finally all ready to hoist up sometime tomorrow.

working on our puzzle

other things we worked on this weekend- cleaning up the site- again!  this is a continuing project and sometimes feels like we can never keep up but björn and i made a pretty big dent and the site looks wonderful now and ready for the week.

our roof panels are supposed to be showing up on the tractor trailer today along with the old douglas fir beams that we bought from San Juan Timber Rights.  these beams should be beautiful and i can't wait to photograph them and share them with you.

looking down on the great room

proud parents of the house

the second floor is complete

big windows in the lower level bedroom

raising the stairwell walls

the second floor panels are up top and ready to rock!

the puzzle coming together- we hope to get it up monday

grandma shirley getting a lift to the second floor

photos via shirley hargraves and whitney warner


  1. WOW! you are making amazing progress! But what is a warm board ?

  2. warm board is a subfloor product which is also a radiant heat system. its is really cool stuff although expensive- you can check it out at



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