The framers worked diligently at foaming all the exterior crevices where the I-joist met the roof and the 2x4 knee wall or sill plate. The taped over the larger openings, then attached the housewrap (stapled and caulked/taped at the joints) for a good air seal. Once that was complete they then installed the Hardi facia and soffit. The look of the house changed dramatically with the work completed this week.
One more step we took this week was to build some mock-ups of the kitchen island and cabinets to allow a test "cook" and ensure two people could move around without bumping into each other during our normal course of activity. The spacing was also measured to ensure the oven door wouldn't collide with anything and that the island dish drawers would not interfere with the dishwasher when both were open (unloading directly to the drawers). We did find that we will probably need to move the island slightly further from the South wall as well as to the West to provide good clearance without making the space too far for ease of use.
|Here comes the stairwell window - we assembled the two pieces but needed to get the base in first so out the front door it goes.|
|Those 2x4's clamped to the frame are for added strength during the move. At this point the tape is already installed and starting to expand so we're moving quickly to get the frame in place before it will no longer fit.|
|Standing it up and getting it into position as viewed from the top of the stairwell. It is not very heavy without the glazing in it but we had a lot of hands to make sure we didn't tweak the frame during movement of install.|
|Here's what it looks like from the outside -that white is the protective tape still on it.|
|A bit different view - the flash fired here so you can see some reflection in the window.|
|A bit closer view of the landing and window - the grade of the back yard will be slightly lower than it is in this picture and that silt fence (both of them) will be removed after construction is complete and we have vegetation to protect against any erosion.|
|This is the same window in the turn position. The window opens beyond 90 degrees but in this picture we wanted to show the comparison to the above picture.|