I tried hand drawing my layout countless times. It was so frustrating! I downloaded a free trial of some design software so this certainly isn’t perfect. I imagine many things will change as we go along, but here is my plan as I currently envision it
The subfloor is down! The back wall is framed with 2×6 studs, the rest of the walls will be 2×4
It should take 2 more days of work to finish the framing. Since we’re only able to work one day a week this will take a while. At this point, I’m really relying on help from Seth since I have no idea what I’m doing! I’m hoping I will be able to do more work on my own in the future so the project will move a little faster.
I’m so grateful to my friends who have helped me the last few days by building, babysitting and driving all over the place to pick up windows and doors! I feel so lucky and loved.
I’ve also started shopping for a “normal” house so I have a place to park Little Lou when we’re done building. I kinda fell in love with a house that needs a lot of work – what the heck is wrong with me?! As if I didn’t have enough going on! It’s all a little overwhelming to say the least.
We laid 3 inches on rigid foam insulation in the floor. There is a little lip on the edge of the frame, so we had to cut some pieces to fit under the lip. We filled in the gaps with spray foam. There is sill seal on the exposed frame. This will help prevent cold spots in the floor in the middle of winter.
We attached pressure treated 2×4’s to the outside of the frame. The subfloor is extended over these 2×4’s. This gives me just a little bit more interior space and will enable us to center the framing over the existing bolts.
Next week, we’ll finish installing the subfloor and start on the framing!
I’m obviously pretty excited
I’ve been scouring Craigslist, the ReSource Building Material Store, free piles on the side of the road and the bargain basement at a local hardware store for materials. I’ve picked up a bathroom vanity and sink, windows and laminate flooring. Saving money and saving resources- I can dig that.
My trailer is scheduled to arrive in 4 days!