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End of the day and the windows are all framed out

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We started out the next morning laying out the base plates for the back wall, cutting around the water supplies and waste pipes

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we then boxed out around the ends of the window headers

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Because of all the rough in openings and doorways, we decided to frame the back wall piece by piece, we started with a stud on each end

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We then set a plate at our height for the front portion of the roof.

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We then started filling in with the studs

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We installed some cross braces to the back wall.

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Back wall all framed up

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We used 2x10x20 for the rafters 16 on center.

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All the rafters up and ready. We braced the front wall before we started the back.

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We liked the large overhang on the front and decided to keep it instead of trimming it back

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Before we started on the back rafters we nailed down the top plate on the wall.

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We then put up the back rafters in a short time

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We then tied the top of the rafters together with a face plate

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All finished

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We then cut the tail ends of the rafters flush with each other and nailed on a fascia board

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When that was done we proceeded to lay the roof deck.

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all sheathed

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we moved onto the back and trimmed the rafter tails

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and nailed down a fascia board and started throwing up the sheathing

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and proceeded to cut off the overhang

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it was starting to take shape

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We then started framing out the doorways to the bathroom and pantry

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and started framing out the partition walls for the bedrooms

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Putting in the gable ends

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My wife and I were looking at the collar ties and thought we could build a storage loft in each bedroom, so thats what we did

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we started first by notching out the studs

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and nailed in a plate

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and ran joists across to the outside wall

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and did the same on the other side

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we framed out a walk in closet and utility room

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we were originally going to have a doorway from our closet right into the bedroom, but we quickly nixed that idea and framed it back in

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We framed out the windows on the top face of the roof

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and used the wood we had used for the footing forms to form up the roof on the shed

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and trimmed off the excess

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before calling it a night we framed out our island bar

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over the weekend, I started waterproofing the outside walls, we used a product called foundation guard

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we started by cutting 2 foot strips and wrapping the footers first

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and then ran sheets from the top of the walls down to the footing. We nailed the tops into the studs with roofing nails to keep it from sliding

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all finished

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we wrapped the small shed with ice and water shield

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and they dropped off the excavator to start burying the house

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we had to cover up the gable ends with osb

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and started wrapping the whole house with 2 inch blue board

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and taped all the joints

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the metal was delivered for the roof so we started by putting up the drip edge

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and started installing the metal roofing the next day

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the next day we started installing a french drain around the footer

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and covered it with crushed stone

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we covered that with a filtration mat

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and then started back filling that with shale

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We laid down insulation to protect the front footing from frost heaving

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And covered it with loam.

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We started laying out the boulders to build the retaining walls

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Had to position some of the rocks with a little help

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and back filled with shale as we worked our way up

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the next day we started working on the other side

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and back filled as we worked our way up

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they finished that side up and then just started dropping loads to fill the back

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the guys kept on working on the roofing around the trucks

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We used shale to back fill because it stands up on it's own and won't need a lot of compacting and will drain well

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retaining walls all finished

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the third day we started spreading loam over the back filled shale

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it was amazing what the operator could with a bucket

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we then proceeded to spread grass seed

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and started up the blower to spread straw over the fresh seed

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back filling and seeding all done

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