House 2.0 – upstairs sub-floor and ceiling

House construction update for this week: The noticeable progress includes the sub-floor for the upstairs, and we have a pine T&G ceiling on the second floor as well. We noticed other details like hurricane straps, and other small changes made in preparation for SIPS arrival (hopefully next week). The power line is also run underground the entire way now, although we don’t have a meter yet.

Kevin and I enjoyed walking around the upstairs for the first time, and you can really start to picture the finished spaces now.

I’m not the first person for whom the sense of space and scale changes dramatically throughout the project. When just the foundation is laid out, the house looks impossibly tiny. I was aware of this, but even still the footprint still seemed so very small. Then, as the frame goes up and the project gets further and further along, the sense of scale comes closer and closer to reality. Now some rooms already feel pretty large.

One goal of this house was to keep the size reasonable, and not too big. Yes, this keeps the budget (and amount of house I have to clean, and the space we have to heat and cool) down, but even if I had twice the budget, I still wouldn’t want to live in a really large house.  The question was always how small can we make it without being cramped, and still have spaces for (almost) everything we want. The trend in home design is bigger bigger bigger, with higher and higher ceilings that require bigger and bigger footprints to keep everything in scale, which requires more and bigger furniture so the furniture is not dwarfed by the scale of open space, which feels a bit like a warehouse. We wanted our home to be human scale, and mostly feel cozy. Like a really nice cabin, which is the appeal of so many timber frame homes.

We’ll see if we succeeded as the interior spaces become more defined. I’m a little concerned that  a few spots are going to be too small/cramped. I really didn’t want to get to the end only to think, “Gee, I wish we had two more feet here,” but so far its looks like we mostly hit the mark. I’m also waiting to see what mistakes we made in design. Despite our best efforts to consider every choice, there are guaranteed to be things we overlooked, or didn’t realize would turn out quite the way they did. This won’t be the end of the world, I’m just wondering what those things will be. Optimistically, we also may end up with some happy surprises as well. So far, the house looks great! Its only existed in our minds and on paper for so long, its fantastic to see it become physical reality.

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5 Responses to House 2.0 – upstairs sub-floor and ceiling

  1. Beth says:

    Looks amazing! How many square feet will it be? Are you going to finish the basement right away, or are attacks the southern thing?

  2. amytracker says:

    Beth!!!! :) No basement, crawlspace only. People only pay for basements up north because you have to dig the foundation so deep to get below the frost line anyway. Since that’s not required here, and our land doesn’t really slope enough to have a walk-out basement, the increased cost wasn’t worth it to us. The crawl space will be conditioned. No attic either! Its a timber frame! No worries though, there’s lot’s of storage, and there is a small bonus room over the garage that we’ll finish at some point. Its moving right along!

  3. Beth says:

    I haven’t checked your blog in so long, and this past week I thought…”hey, what is Amy doing lately….is she taking another motorcycle trip cross country?” I was shocked to see all these pictures of the house going up! It looks awesome so far and I can’t wait to see more! That’s interesting about basements—I didn’t know all that! We feel like we are busting out of our house even with our basement space, but that’s because we are pack-rats and never have time to de clutter! I’m sure you will have plenty of storage space…if not, I’m sure Kevin can whip up a shed in an hour or so ;-)

    • amytracker says:

      Oh there will definitely be an outbuilding or two. Even with the 3-car garage, we still need a workshop, and a place to park the tractor and work truck. I do wonder if I’ll regret not paying for the basement. We thought about it quite a bit before deciding against it. (But where am I going to send the kids when I can’t sent them outside??? I mean, we’re probably not having any kids, but where am I gonna send your kids when you come visit??:) The bonus room over the garage will have to do. There’s so many decisions when building the house, no matter how hard we try, we’re sure to regret some of them, even if we (hopefully) mostly get it right. I hope you are doing well, its way past time to catch up!

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