Sunday, 21 August 2016

Build journal - What a difference a year makes!

Just a little over one year ago, we officially bought our lot by the ocean…

lot official

What looked like this then…


Looks like this now!


Yep, we have a garage and the main floor of a house – well, sort of :-) We just finished all the basic main floor framing on Friday, and now we can really get a good idea of what the house is going to look like when it’s done.

Here’s a review of the framing, starting with two walls at the east end.

framing started

Followed by the end wall.

framing 1

And then the ceiling joists.

ceiling joists 3

Next it was on to framing the west end.

framing west end

I really like how this end comes to a point, like the bow of the ship. The wall is going to be almost all windows, from just below the ceiling to the top of the countertop.

kitchen windows

And then the ceiling joists.

kitchen joists

Followed by two beast beams. Holy crap, these suckers are long – 24 feet, to be exact – and HEAVY. Getting the first beast beam up was a real struggle, and I was sure one of us was going to end up dead or severely injured.

beast beam

Brian came up with a better plan for the second beast beam – amazing what a difference a winch makes! Sooooooo much easier, and far less likelihood of one of us being maimed!

beast beam 2

One inner wall goes up, and now we almost have an actual bedroom!



Center south wall goes up…

framing south wall

And the center north walls…

framing 2

All done! Along the north side of the house, from left to right is the bathroom, a closet, and the front entry.

done from corner 1

And this end is the kitchen.

done from corner 2

Around to the south side, we have the kitchen, living room, and bedroom.

done from corner 3

done from corner 4

North side.

done from front

South side.

done from back

There’s still a long way to go – the second storey subfloor, second storey walls, second storey walkway and bathroom, roof trusses, sheathing, insulating, wrapping, shingling…. scary to think about all that’s left to do! But one step at a time, and we’ll get there :-)

kb logo 1a


  1. You must be so happy! Great progress!

    1. Yeah, it's pretty exciting! :-D We're really trying to get everything weather-tight before winter so we can work on the interior over the winter.