It doesn’t seem like much has changed, but not having the windows in was preventing me from “weatherizing” the cabin. With the windows in, I know where to put the insulation, nails, and chinking. We can also think about permanent … Continue reading All windows are in!
No, it’s not a typo: I have the second floor (just the floor) installed. Relax, Ivan…. Installing the boards was fairly easy until I reached the back wall, then it got extremely difficult. For one thing, the log is very … Continue reading Another small milestone: Second floor floor installed
I haven’t updated in a few weeks – mostly because there’s not just “one thing” to write about. How about a mishmash post, then? 2nd floor The second floor continues to progress, slowly. The price of lumber isn’t helping. I … Continue reading The way things are going
A custom log home is complicated. When we designed the floor plan, we wanted it open between the kitchen and the living area. The only obstacle will be a wood stove and an island. To add a sense of separation between the living and the dining area, we wanted a 2nd floor beam to be the dividing line. Our plans say the 4×12 second floor beams should be spaced 24 inches apart. Normally, you would start at the wall and measure 24″ all the way across, but because the beam acts as a divider between rooms, we set that beam … Continue reading 2nd floor Tongue and Groove – edge detail
In my last post, I got the second floor joists installed. In this post, I talk about how I levelled them. With the second floor joists in place, I went back with a water level and made a mark on … Continue reading Levelling the second floor joists
I don’t know why, but I’m always surprised at how much more there is to each phase when I really get into it. The 2nd floor joists did not disappoint… As usual, it was about solving problems. Attaching brackets to … Continue reading 12/23/20: 2nd Floor joists in place
The second floor will be held up by 4×12 beams spaced 24″ apart. On one end, they are supported by the girder log we installed back before we completed the roof. The other end is supported by brackets that are … Continue reading Second floor steel brackets
I estimate the roof of my log home will weigh around 50,000 lbs. In class, they taught us that you need a girder log that is crosswise to the ridge pole to increase the strength of the structure. The girder log is also known as a collar tie. Its job is to keep the walls from spreading apart due to the weight of the roof, as well as to support the second floor. Since we used pulleys, we knew we could install the girder log at any time after we reached second floor height. We decided to wait until … Continue reading Girder Log & Girder Support Log