Hit hard by the flu bug and relegated to bed for the last two days, I still managed to get to the Dunes Club to handle issues, at least Monday morning that is. The opportunity to go into the structure and take some photos yielded these pictures of the variety of plate heights present on the job. Ranging from 10′-0″ to 18′-0″ tall, the angled walls on either side of the great room were the most striking. This afternoon, the general contractor sent me the one where trusses were set over the same area, a “little house he was building in the Dunes Club” he called it. Thought it was fitting showing the massive great room walls capped with the vaulted ceiling that will house the exposed timber trusses below them. Actually, as mentioned in the previous post, nearly the same amount of trusses started shipping today to occupy the same area vacated by what was set. The wall panels using the Framers Series lumber were erected without much of a hitch. Not the same result for the roof trusses though, as three problems arose leading to creative problem solving. I am fortunate to have a design staff and an insightful general contractor to review the situation and choose the correct course of action to solve them. One of them involved the 4 ply girder bearing height. You can imagine the amount of materials and labor it takes to screw, bolt and arrange the hangers prior to setting it. Being able to use it and stay on schedule, finding the most advantageous solution, was probably the most significant single decision of the whole project thus far.
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Wall panels were shipped to the Barefoot Landing community arriving late Thursday afternoon. These pictures were taken Friday afternoon and all walls were stood and braced into position. The house has a number of different plate heights (9′-0″ 12′-0″ and 14′-0″) yet presented few problems for the IG Construction crew to make excellent time on setting them. Usually, a unit of 2x4x16′ spf (spruce pine fur) and a unit of 2x6x16′ spf are delivered by the lumber yard for bracing, top plates, soffit material as well as many other purposes. Sill seal or subfloor adhesive create a bond between the treated bottom plate and the slab. With the temperature hovering over 100 degrees, the options are to work or sit stationary and melt, but most of the time melting occurs in both situations. The schedule for this house was moved up by one day due to shipping restrictions with wide load panels in a tourist destination. Between the Memorial and Labor day holidays, wide loads cannot be hauled on Fridays, so as this set of components were manufactured on Thursday morning the decision was made to ship them in the afternoon. The slab was marked on Thursday allowing walls to be set on Friday. Monday the roof trusses will arrive along with all the sheathing requirements for the roof and walls. Beams between the levels were also shipped with the wall panels. Engineering dictated muli-ply LVL’s 18″ deep are shipped loose for the garage door header and the rear patio door. The maximum length for the panels are 12′-0″ under normal conditions. Being constructed out of the Framers Series lumber, they can be heavy, as dense southern yellow pine is notorious for being. Babb Custom Homes, the general contractor of this project, uses all premium lumber in both the walls and the roof system, which is particular important with the use of slick ceiling finishes. To differenciate oneself in this economic climate the use of component construction offers speed, accuracy, and quality lumber to the equation.
Moving up to the first level of the Ocean Blvd. house has clearly improved the view of the Atlantic Ocean. The title is a little play on words as I looked out the rear frames of four windows. Actually the Ides of March occured on March 15th, but please afford me predating this article modified to fit my needs. The first floor was set and decked and very quickly the panels were hoisted via crane on top of the level and braced into position. Being elevated this high, using the crane to put the components in place makes alot of sense both from a safety and time perspective. Once braced, the first floor walls are prepared for the 2nd floor trusses. Today’s photos demonstrate what a few hours onsite yield. Once the 2nd floor trusses are nailed the crane swings the sheathing into a position where it can be distributed across the floor system. New 3/4″ T+G product Pinnacle is what is being used on this house. It has a 50 year warranty similar to the Advantech sheathing and saves a few dollars a sheet in the process. Sitting oceanfront, bracing every component is essential both permanently and temporarily. This is a high wind zone and to meet code contractors and vendors must have their products design for 130 mph bursts. Next week, the 2nd floor panels will be set and the decks will be constructed prior to the roof trusses being delivered capping the component construction masterpiece…
Quite a progress report for this 5000+ sq ft house in the Longs community off Watertower Road. Mike Bell Construction ‘s crew accomplished framing to this stage of construction in two of the coldest days in recent memory with the use of Component Construction wall panels. Annas Development and Building, Jeff Annas is the general contractor who chose the use of wall panels for the second time. One of the great points about the use of wall panels remains they are manufactured in a controlled environment unconcerned about weather conditions facing conventional job site “stick” framing. In walking the house you get a real sense of how much lumber a house of this size consumes. Here is another excellent point. In the two and 1/2 days since they started a dumpster has not been used. If you are familiar with the “cull” rate for an average bundle of studs, you are easily looking at 30% downgraded to blocking or not usable period. The customer would have the lumber supplier to come back to pick them up for credit. Hmmm, wonder what the lumber yard does with the unusuable returns (not to mention the cost of diesel fuel used to and from)? Mike mentioned he would have to dispose of the small braces nailed to the sides of stacks for transportation of the panels which had accumulated. Actually this type of framing yields very little waste making it a “green product” extremely enviromentally friendly. Attention to details are evident when viewing the column cap hardware used for specific load transference from second floor LVL’s through stud clusters in the panels to foundation. The right side two story roof trusses were being swung into position before I had left. I can safely estimate the entire roof system set and being sheated by the end of day four. Predictable results in minimal time with maximum results. Makes you wonder why more people don’t use this method.
Drastic temperature swing incurred, struggled to hit 38 degrees with a wind chill factored in. Tough conditions for Southern boys but Babb Custom Homes crew braved the condition in style. Lot 41 Thistle marks the second house in the development for Component Construction. This 4500+ sq ft home presented a variety of design alterations and several approval meetings to get straighten out prior to production. Panels delivered Monday and this represents day one of construction. The treated sole plate was shipped loose to be continuous per the local inspector’s request and was the focus of initial activity. Panels were unstacked and located around the house in there approximate location at the same time. The walls were set into place and connected with a top plate as the day progressed. The panels are no more than 12′-0″ in length due mostly to handling and weight considerations. These exterior walls are 2×6, which is common these days for energy conservation insulating the 5 1/2″ cavity. This home has a second floor and light attic storage over the garage area as well as specific roof areas where a steep pitch allows for upstair storage. Babb Custom Homes specializes in making these area not only accessible but functional in their client’s best interests. Tomorrow, the 2nd floor trusses arrive and the wall sheathing will be applied as the crew moves forward strengthening the structure as they progress. The best feeling for me were NO PROBLEMS, smooth construction and happy customers.