We completed several tasks on our critical path to completing our SIP roof today. An important task was to have all of the beams on site so they could be graded. Having our beams is critical so the structural framing can be completed on the ground floor so we can move the SIPs onto the roof with the crane on Wednesday.
Picking Up Our Reclaimed Beams After Milling in Watsonville
Dave Merchant, from Out of the Woods, loaded the three beams that we milled to size on Tuesday at his site in Bonny Doon. Dave met Bryan in Watsonville at Jackel Enterprises, where we loaded the remainder of the beams that were being milled. From there, Bryan followed Dave up Highway #1 and over the hill to our project site. There, our framing crew unloaded the beams by hand and staged them for grading.
Charlie Jourdain, from Redwood Inspection Service in Pleasant Hill, arrived on our site as planned and the beams were ready for him. Charlie examined and graded each beam, then stamped the end of each beam. He will be sending us a certificate stating the grade of each beam. Note that Redwood Inspection Service is a division of California Redwood Association, of which Charlie is the President.
Making Insulated Headers
On the West side of our house we have two bathrooms. The beams that support the SIP roof at the front and back of the house extend through the building. However, we have two bathrooms on the West side and, even with exhaust fans, these bathrooms will have a high moisture content.
To provide greater protection from condensation, our durability plan requires insulated headers to keep keep the surfaces of the exposed beams warmer and prevent condensation from occuring.
From two of the reclaimed Douglas Fir beams, we had Jackel Enterprises cut two 1-3/4 inch wide planks. Using these planks, we sandwiched 2 inches of rigid R-10 insulation. Thus, we end up with an insulated header that is 5-1/2 inches wide and over 19 ft long. This insulated header will be over the windows in the two bathrooms.
Similarly, we require a small insulated header on the East side of the house, above the exterior Kitchen door.
Moving the Temporary Steel Beams
The temporary steel beams supporting the existing East and West walls of our house were moved clear of the structure today. Several inches of the concrete haunches were removed so the existing walls are now free and clear, and are entirely supported by the house once again.
We’re ready to remove the temporary steel beams from the site on Wednesday, February 24.
Reducing Construction Waste
Renovation and construction projects can generate a tremendous amount of waste that goes to landfill sites. According to the LEED for Homes Reference Guide, ‘Construction and demolition wastes constitute about 40% of the total solid waste stream in the United States.’ For our project, we are targeting to create as little construction waste as possible. When our Green Rater, Darrel Kelly, came to our project site on Tuesday, February 16, he was surprised, and delighted, to see how little waste we were generating as we were using three 35 gallon garbage bins to hold our framing debris.
Earth Bound Homes delivered a trailer to our job site today that will be used for all the framing debris. All the framing waste on our job site was dumped into the trailer as it will be taken for recycling. We will obtain tags on the debris removed with the trailer.
Overview and Inspection of Progress this Week
Given the days are longer now, Jo-Anne was able to drop by the job site at the end of the day today to inspect our progress.
Our first major shear wall is in place in Kate’s bedroom (formerly the Master Bedroom). Having the shear wall in place prior to Jo-Anne’s inspection showed significant progress.
In line with that shear wall is another shear wall adjacent to the Atrium. Scott Andersen, who did the conceptual design of the remodel, specified during his most recent job site progress review that we include recessed art niches in the wall behind the glass bridge to the Master Suite. Three recessed art niches were framed in today and the plywood will be nailed in place next week.
Jo-Anne walked the property and was smiling as she was pleased with our progress this week.