Thursday, December 1, 2011

First Floor Structural Framing Complete

Hopefully everyone had a restful Thanksgiving Weekend.  Our building team must have as the framing has been attacked with enthusiasm.  Despite the snow and rain and freezing temperatures, the first floor structural framing is 100% complete.  Interior partitions remain to be built, however, that did not stop us from moving on to the second floor.  As of yesterday, the second floor joists and subfloor have all been installed.  Tomorrow the second floor wall framing will begin and will be followed shortly by the installation of trusses from Juneau Truss.  The framing was not without its difficulties, with many sore fingers struck by errant hammers, tools lost by falling snow, boards cut too short or too long, or stud spacing not quite at 24" on center, but overall everyone is very satisfied with the progress of the building.  Framing is one of those areas of construction that is very fulfilling to the students as there is a very visible result of their labor each day. 
The first and longest wall (45 ft) is erected

Alex does his best to keep on top of the mess while Jesse reminds Moe that his lifting the wrong end of the wall

Alex continues his housekeeping while Andy searches for a lost contact

Jesse squares and plumbs a cripple stud beneath a window rough opening

Ready, 1, 2, 3, lift!

Halfway there

Sean nails the wall walls together with a  double top plate

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Framing Ready to Begin

With the completion of the foundation, this week the students worked on water proofing the stemwall and started to cut trimmers and assemble headers for framing out the window and door openings in the walls.  On Monday, Tyson from Aggpro was kind enough to give the class a tour of the concrete batch plant and explain all the logistics of procuring materials to the plant, mixing, and delivering concrete to the site.  Admiralty Construction has been working hard yesterday and today to backfill and install drainage around the foundation.  Framing should begin in earnest tomorrow. 

Moe carries a heavy load of water proofing towards the anxiously awaiting stemwalls

Sean and Moe apply waterproofing to the stemwall as Jesse keeps a wary eye out for invading precipitation.

Matt follows behind with a heat gun to adhere the waterproofing

Logan bravely prevents the pebble wrap from escaping so Justin can trim it to the proper width

Logan explains to Tim the principles on unwinding a long roll of material.  The pebble wrap will be fastened over the water proofing and will allow ground water to trickle down to the perforated draining around the perimeter of the foundation. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2011-2012 House Well Under Way

As of yesterday the foundation of the 2011-2012 house is complete.  All that remains is stripping of the forms and back-filling and then the framing can commence.  Over the past couple weeks:
  • Admiralty Construction has graded and leveled the site
  • Footings were laid-out, formed, reinforced, and poured
  • Stemwalls were formed using insulated concrete forms (ICF's) and reinforced
  • And yesterday, Aggpro brought out their pump truck and we placed 10 yards of concrete for the stemwall and set anchor bolts for our framing.  
Next week a lot of visible progress will be made with framing beginning.  The students performed very well on the foundation phase and look forward to next step.

Admiralty Construction grading the building pad with a mini excavator

Jesse and Sean help Justin square up footing forms

Justin teaching the tricks of the trade to Matt and Alex

Sean and Moe making templates to hold the vertical reinforcing for the stemwall

Footing forms reinforced and ready for concrete

Alex dumps a load of fresh concrete into the forms 

Wheelbarrows line up to load more concrete

Andy and Moe spread the concrete while Logan screeds and Alex goes to get a new load

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Large Crowd for 2010-2011 Openhouse

Student designer Caitlin De Rocher (center) along with key members Justin Fantasia, Jared Wharton, Carin Smolin, and Tamara Rowcraft.

On September 16th, 2011, the house was opened to the community to celebrate the completion of the 2010-2011 house designed and built by students from Juneau Douglas High School.  A special thanks to all the individuals from the Juneau and Douglas communities who donated their resources, time, and labor to make the house building program a success.  The 2011-2012 house is well underway and will hopefully have the same level of success. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

New hand rail

Second Floor Bath

New lights in

Front porch finished

Back deck finished

First floor corner shower installed

Front porch lights

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Washer & Dryer along with HRV unit in downstairs bath

New oven and hanging microwave

Downstairs bath

New Fridgidaire appliances

Carpet is in second floor and on stairs

Dishwasher in kitchen peninsula

Master bedroom

Making the hand rail

Setting the foundation to grade level

Monday, July 18, 2011

New counter tops are in

Hand rail stained

Exterior doors painted

Cabinets with crown mold finish

Front door handle

Cabinets finished with crown molding