Our last post was about demolition starting at the end of December – now fast forward a month to the end of January 2019. Framing is going up!
The perimeter walls have all been framed, and you can start to get a sense of the different rooms and spaces. The living room is pretty defined, with a large case opening. Our contractor has installed a steel header for the large open span between the kitchen and the informal living space. All-in-all, you can start to see the first floor floorpan coming to life.
The second floor has a temporary load-bearing wall in it that makes getting a sense of the final room sizes a little difficult. In the master bedroom, the separate sitting room is defined by the original tall french doors and a large case opening to the rest of the master (where we’re planning to put a fireplace). The master closet and bathroom aren’t framed out yet, nor are the two back bedrooms and back bathroom, so you still need a bit of imagination to see the final layout.
The basement can’t be framed out until the new concrete floor is poured, which can’t happen until the plumbing is put in – so no pretty 2x4s in the basement yet. They did put in new support columns (which is good since the whole rest of the house needs those to stay up), and poured footers below the ground rather than chunky footers sticking up to trip over.
When I saw all of this initial framing go up and new basement columns go in, it felt like there is still so much to do (true) AND I could suddenly imagine things going very quickly. I’ve been thinking a July move-in isn’t crazy, and I could imagine it going faster (knock on wood, spit three times, whatever avoids jinxing it) – but I’ve also seen enough HGTV to not anticipate totally smooth sailing. Either way, seeing the partition wall framing go up will really help us see individual rooms and get a sense of how the floorplans we settled on translate to real physical space. Gulp.