The Guts Are Complete: Air, Insulation, Sheetrock and a Hole for the Pool

The Guts Are Complete: Air, Insulation, Sheetrock and a Hole for the Pool

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Maxwell Ryan
Jan 23, 2017
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Welcome to The Stacked Barn project where I lead you through a year-long odyssey that I've never been on before: the building of a new house. I'm going to show you how my new home gets built - step by step. This is Chapter Six.

I have to apologize for not posting in awhile. While the house has been steadily moving along, the last three months were not nearly has dramatic as the previous ones, and I kept looking for something visually amazing to post. A highlight is the pool above, which was really cool to see created, but the main guts of the house — from wiring to plumbing, followed by insulation and then sheetrock — took a few months and were hard to photograph. But take a look below!



The Pool Is Dug, Lined with Rebar & Sprayed

October 2016
I didn't show the stage before this, where the pool was staked out with surveying lines, but the final hole is amazingly precise. I wish I had seen the machine that did it.
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Shortly after the hole was dug, rebar was placed against all the walls to form the shell. Additionally, all the piping for inflow and outflow were trenched and lined up.
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It all happened in October, with the nearly final step of a special concrete - called Gunnite or Shotcrete - being sprayed into the hole, which was also used to form the shapes of the steps. There was concrete ALL OVER the place afterwards.
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Isn't the stairs/stadium seating cool? Designed by John Berg, this allows for many different ways of hanging out in the shallow end.
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Okay, it's sort of grim too, but wait till you see it get tarted up!
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Downstairs Walkthrough, October 2016

Here you walk through the ground floor, end to end, starting in the kitchen, passing through the living room and ending at the two guest rooms at the end of the hallway.


The Basement Is Where all the Air Flows Starts and Ends

A huge part of these two months had to do with the heating and cooling system, which is moved by air through the house, flowing through shiny silver tubes that look like space suits for worms.
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In addition to all the air ducts going in, the machine room got its heart during October. Here you see the super efficient boiler on the left and the storage tank on the right. All the piping is nicely organized (unlike the old house) and the heat was actually working in November.
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Shiny Worms! This stuff takes up space and we had to add more sofeting in the basement to accomodate it all. It also runs up and through the house.
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The air is moved all around the shiny tubes by "air handers" which sit in the basement and also up in the ceiling on the top floor. Here you can see the air hander in the master bedroom - it's a small car - and the shiny worms coming out of it. This all had to be hidden away behind sheetrock in the end, though there are nice, big doors to service them.
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Upstairs Walkthrough, October 2016

Here you walk up the stairs and get to peer around at the office in the middle and the two master bedrooms on either side. You end up looking out the window at the back yard on a rainy day in October.


Insulation First & Then Sheetrock!

October & November 2016

While ductwork went through the walls, insulation went over and around it and ceiling lights were attached to the rafters. Here is the downstairs kitchen. You can see white foam that was used for the ceiling and pink fiberglass for the walls.
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Ceiling foam up close!
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Here's a view of the living room through to the kitchen. It's very woody.
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Downstairs hallways to the two guest rooms.
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Living room with fireplace now sheetrocked.
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KItchen sheetrocked.
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This is a view you're going to see again and again. It's the direct center view through the bottom of the house from the kitchen to the door in the distance, which is right next to the downstairs bedrooms.
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This is looking back down the same hallway at the kitchen door in the distance.
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The downstairs bathroom is rocked in different, water resistant, sheetrock... This entire room will next get a metal catch for the shower area, concrete floor, heating layer and then tiled all around.
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This is the master bedroom. After the walls, the ceiling gets its own cover up. Upstairs it's cheap, ceiling planks that we reverse for the rough side to show and then paint.
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Basement is rocked too.... and all the shiny worms are hidden!
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Finally

Here's a view from the road at the end of October. It didn't change much at all during these months. No drama!
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Ah! We also went to the stone yard because I had to pick stone for in front of the fireplace as well as for the kitchen counters. The folks here were super nice and walked us around their yard of stone. It was very cool to look at slabs of stone, imagine what a piece would look like in your house and then tag it for cutting later.
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Here's a view along the back of the house. To the right are the doors to the living room and the kitchen. There will be a deck here soon!
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A parting shot. The pool and all the mountains of dirt that have needed to be dug up are all over the yard. It's a mess, but it's about to all change in December....
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