Finished installing floor joists and laid down the subfloor. Pretty painless, and I'm proud to report that it is very square and very level. I've been lucky with the weather. It's been a little cold in the mornings, but no rain. Headed out of town this afternoon, so I'll get some plastic on top to protect it. Probably won't make any significant progress for a week or so. I have decided to literally go back to the drawing board concerning design. Shannon and I are going to look at some books and I'll sketch out a couple of options. I may end up going with the original design, but we'll see.
I was actually under my projected budget for the last couple of days, which makes it kind of a wash to date because I underestimated the amount of concrete when I poured the piers. I am trying to be meticulous about recording the time and $$ so that I will have a true idea of what it will cost to build one for customers. I'm glad that I chose a "challenging" build site for our project, as I will probably never be building another on quite this steep a slope.
I drove by a community that appears to have popped up over night. Some guys were laying subfloor and fastening it with a nail gun. Hopefully they are using ring shank nails, because I can't comprehend why someone would not use screws these days. Squeaking floors are a huge complaint with people that buy new construction. Yes, screws take longer and are more expensive, but it seems like a place where you could save yourself a lot of headache down the road. Of course, home builder's warranties are notoriously pretty crappy. I was working on a commercial project the other day. When I questioned whether a piece we had installed was adequate, the head contractor said "As long as it lasts a year and a day, I'm good with it."...Their warranty is for one year.
Have a great weekend!