Raising the first wall

We got absolutely rocked by the storms on Saturday night down here in the Hollow! The pond and creek overflowed their banks in every direction. We woke at 4am to see a large tree trunk just float by our front porch. My workshop had water all around it, but survived flooding by about two inches! We spent every daylight hour on Sunday cleaning up the debris, replacing a couple of bridges, and having our neighbor come by on his tractor to fix flood damage to our driveway, as we had a big truck scheduled to deliver propane yesterday. It was exhausting, but the sun and wind yesterday has it almost back to normal.

Today, I framed up the first wall, raised it, and tacked it into place. It is the left (or Northwest) wall, as you enter the house from the parking area. The framing was pretty uneventful, as it it the only wall that currently will not have a window (that may change at some point). 

Saturday, we went to a salvage and overstock builder's supply store in Woodstock. I had gone by there a few times and found it a little hard to understand, as they do not have anything marked with a price. Met a nice guy who shot some pretty good numbers at us (and gave us a discount for cash), so we walked out with a really nice set of french doors for the front of the house, and a couple of windows; one will go over the french doors, the other will go over the sink. So, we have all the windows and doors, and there's nothing stopping me from framing up the rest of the house...except time!

The walls are nine feet tall, with the loft clearance being 7 feet. Once I had the first wall erected, I realized just how high that's going to be! It looks like I'm going to have to install the loft before I can install the ridge beam or rafters for the roof, as I don't have a ladder tall enough! I thought about reducing the height, but I don't want the loft to feel cramped.

After getting the first wall in place, I took some time to lay out the bathroom, sink, and main entrance, just to see how it felt. The bathroom will just be a toilet, and will sit diagonally under the landing of the loft. A little cramped, but it will do. We'll just have a small bar sink, and enough counter space for a coffee maker. Above the window will be a small cabinet, and somewhere along the side will be room for a toaster oven or microwave. 

Gotta get back to work, but some pics of the progress are below.

By mid-morning Sunday, the waters had receded somewhat. We were pretty spent after the clean up process. 

By mid-morning Sunday, the waters had receded somewhat. We were pretty spent after the clean up process. 

The Northeast wall is up.

The Northeast wall is up.

Just enough room for business.

Just enough room for business.

The stairs are 8" deep with an 8" rise...currently.

The stairs are 8" deep with an 8" rise...currently.

With everything permanent in and along the far corner, it leaves a nice amount of area to play with in the rest of the space.

With everything permanent in and along the far corner, it leaves a nice amount of area to play with in the rest of the space.

Our house faces directly west. I put the compass on the guest house, and was a little surprised at the orientation. It doesn't feel like it is 20+degrees different, but it is.

Our house faces directly west. I put the compass on the guest house, and was a little surprised at the orientation. It doesn't feel like it is 20+degrees different, but it is.