Shingles, Windows & Doors: OMG, It Looks Like a House!

Shingles, Windows & Doors: OMG, It Looks Like a House!

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Maxwell Ryan
Sep 16, 2016
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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 Five.

August was another amazing month as the new house was officially "closed up" within the thirty-one days. From "sticks" in July to walls, full shingles, windows and doors, the house now became impervious to rain, allowing work inside to begin and my neighbors not to hate me so much. Below you'll see the key things that happened to close it all up and allow for the next steps: electrical, plumbing and heating!


Walls up and shingling starts

August, 2016

Front view: you can see here that after the plywood walls go on the roof is the first to be shingled. Outside walls can't be done until the doors and windows are in.
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It's fun that we're now able to look out of the upstairs windows. This is looking out at the yard from what will be the master bedroom.
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Master bedroom: Really big windows upstairs add to the drama of the Stacked Barn
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I love this pic of looking across the top floor. You can look right through the walls and see the sunlight pouring in.
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My daughter Ursula heading down into the basement, which you will see is just a pile of sand still.
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What a mess! Still untouched since the foundation walls went in, the next step to this basement is raking and leveling all the sand so that the basement floor slab can be poured - with radiant heating inside of it.
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Windows & doors in, shingling complete and basement slab poured

August, 2016

Ta da! Here's the front of the house again, now a few weeks later, and you can see windows and doors all installed so that the shingling was finished. Shingling goes REALLY quickly.
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Looking across the upstairs. Everything is now sealed so you can see electrical and plumbing starting. The big white plastic square on the right is the toilet tank for an in-wall Toto toilet.
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Looking from the kitchen down the long hall to the guest rooms, you can see the beginnings of the fireplace on the left. It's a huge metal unit what won't require the building of a brick fireplace which would have to go right down into the foundation.
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Looking down the straight downstairs hallway to the two guest bedrooms on right and left.
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Looking back down the same hall towards the kitchen. What I love in this house is the great symmetrical balance of everything.
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Downstairs bedroom which has no real window, but a big glass sliding door and a skylight.
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Just a few weeks later in the month you can see here that the basement slab is all done and the framers are leaving after spending four hours to frame the entire basement - all the walls.
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Rear View: you can see the glass doors for kitchen on the right and living room in the center. All the work will now be inside for awhile, but a dramatic moment will come when we stain the entire structure black to match the windows.
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Next: The Guts Go In

September, 2016

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Resources:

Architect: John Berg, Berg Design Architecture
Contractor: Peter Germano

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