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Posted by Kirk in Mesa, AZ on 11/12/2007

Well the house is finally going vertical. I meet with the framers on Thursday and we went over house, utilizing the plans, room by room. The framer asked several questions I wasn't prepared for. Mainly dealing with window and door openings. I had options on whether to set back the windows and doors, and if so by how much, and how much of a wrap (curve) to give the window and doors. Since I'm doing a Tuscan style home, I set the windows back 2.5" into the (2x6) wall with a 3-inch wrap. This meant the rough window openings needed to be 6" larger both vertically and horizontally.  Same applied to the doors. We also reviewed the ceiling height and drop downs for every room. All the rooms will be coffered, and all will have its own unique style. Also added a shelf and arch to the end of one hallway and changed the entry into the master bedroom to allow for a wider double entry door. The framer is moving pretty quickly, the pictures I took only show the first one-and-a-half days of framing. I'm very excited to see the house taking shape.

I have a mason coming to build the bases for the columns for the front porch. The four columns are load bearing, made of solid concrete and weigh 2,200 lbs. each. I hired a sub to pick up and haul the columns to the job site. He will provide a crane to set the columns. This has to be done by Wednesday, so the framer can start building the porch and set the beams that will handle the trusses for that part of the roof.

I discovered the plumber was off on setting the underground, and will have to come back out and saw-cut the floor to relocate a couple drains.

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Posted by S.A. in Grass Valley, CA on 11/15/2007

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Hi Kirk,

I'm right around the corner from you.  I'm curious about your window details as I have similar styling for my home.  I tried to do a web search for Tuscan window opening details, but I came up dry.  Could you elaborate on your detailing there? Any links?

-Alex

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