It finally feels as though we can move on, now that there is no longer a gapping hole right next to the house. And, fortunately, construction on putting up the walls on the addition hasn’t be be-labored with too many headaches.
Once the floor and subfloor were attached to the addition, the walls coming up were easier than the upstairs. This is because the addition was actually a flat and level surface (as opposed to the main house that had sunk in places and required each individual stud to be cut to a specific length to get a level roof.
First we snapped (this is the official word) a chalk line for the placement of the walls.
Next the measurements were taken and the wood pieces were cut to form the studs.
The studs were laid out to fit between the top plate and…bottom plate? I don’t remember if the bottom of the wall is called the bottom plate or not. Tyler will likely inform me after this is published. And then nailed together with the staple gun.
A piece of rubber was then stapled to match up with the chalk line. This is an air barrier to help keep outside walls from extraneous air getting in.
While I have no pictures of this part, because it was just Tyler and I on construction crew this day, the walls were then lifted into place and nailed into place. Seems simple right? But really, there was a lot of adjusting with a level, and some more string for additional top plates, and creating wood bracing to keep the walls plumb. It takes longer than one might think.
The first wall had an opening for a door that will walk out of the house. However, lest I make Tyler seem too perfect, I am suppose to mention that when he measured the opening for the door he did so from the bottom plate. He was suppose to measure from the floor, because that bottom part of the wall will be cut out so that the door is flush against the floor. Which means, his measurement for the door was off by a little over an inch. So an adjustment will have to be done to the header.
Once the first wall was up, we no longer had the space to create the other walls on the addition floor itself, so we had to build them in the muddy muck that surrounded the addition. Fortunately, the ground wasn’t terribly wet. But the dirt used to fill the hole hadn’t settled yet, so it was a little like walking in sand.
After the second wall went up, so did the third. The third has an opening for a window, as you can see the window header from a distance. By the end of the day we had three little walls on the addition and it started to feel like it was coming together.