The Forever Home

A Woodhouse Project

Step 3: Interior Framing and Mechanicals

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17. Garage & Interior Framing

The basic structure and sheathing of the home is now complete and interior framing is about halfway done. In this video, I walk you through the interior showing ceiling panels and interior framing.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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19. More Concrete & Mechanicals

While waiting for Israel and his crew to return, we made good progress on the plumbing and electrical rough-in as well as pouring the entry porch slab, garage slab, and footers for the deck piers.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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21. Splitting Stone & Deck Prep

A short week due to Thanksgiving plus the fact that all Amish weddings are in November (so, every Tuesday the guys don’t work – something to keep in mind when scheduling with an Amish crew in the Fall) but we made progress getting ready for exterior stone work and timber covered decks!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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26. Stonework & Drywall

Beautiful stonework reveal and beginning the drywall finish.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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28. Coated Timbers, Primed Drywall, & Chimney

The timbers are sanded and finished, chimney is done, copper flashing on the pergola, more drywall being spackled and the lower level is primed.  Things are moving along!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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30. Paint, Metal Roof, & Garage Doors

Garage doors are installed and the standing seam metal roof is in process while work continues on the exterior stone. Chimney and fireplaces are complete (just waiting for stone) and color is going up on the interior walls.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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32. Stone Progress, Cedar Closet, & Cleanup

Bob and Jeremy continue to make progress on the exterior stone and we’ve prepared the interior for the hardwood floor to be installed.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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34. Stone Progress and Hardwood Floor

All of the stonework on the front of the house, including the entry porch, is now complete and most of the hardwood floor has been installed.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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36. Completed Hardwood Flooring & Cabinet Installation

Really good progress on the interior this week. Jake, our finish carpenter started and moved all of the cabinets to their intended location and fully installed the kitchen. Work continues on the outdoor fireplace stone.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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38. Stone, Tile, Siding, and Trim

Bob and Jeremy are about half done on the interior chimney, Steve is laying tile in the primary bath, Israel and his guys continue to progress on the siding, and Jake continues with interior trim.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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40. Trimmed Out, Finished Chimney, and Siding

The interior trim is all installed and the chimney is complete!  Got rained out for much of the week on the exterior so no progress on the septic system but the siding progressed.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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42. Completed Siding, Appliances, and Plumbing

The siding is finished!  On the inside, Jake is now working on all of the closet shelves, etc.  We’re getting very close!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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44. Driveway, Final Grade, & Finishing Touches

Last week before final inspection!  Electrical passed, septic passed, blower door passed, final grade and finished gravel driveway are complete.  Even the mailbox is working!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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18. Mechanicals

The crew has left for a month and we’re working on preparing for concrete pours while rough plumbing and electric are installed.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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20. House Wrap, Windows, & Piers

This week you’ll see that house wrap has been installed, windows and doors delivered, piers are poured, rough plumbing is complete, and rough electric is almost done.  Happy Thanksgiving!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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25. Sheetrock & Chimney Framing

Sheetrock was installed on the main level and that always is a huge step because you can really see what the rooms are going to feel like.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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27. Frame Finish, Deck, & Exterior Chimney

Another short week due to the New Years holiday.  The guys put a coat of finish on the frame while continuing to finish drywall in the non-timber frame areas.  Israel’s guys finished the decking and Bob and Jeremy worked on the chimney.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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29. Copper Flashing, Completed Drywall, & Hardwood Prep

Stonework continues as does copper flashing and drywall finishing on the inside.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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31. Completed Roof, Front Stone, & Stairs

Interior colors are complete as well as most lights, outlets, and switches and the permanent stairs were installed.  On the exterior, the standing seam roof is done and the guys keep going on the stone.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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33. Stone Progress, Completed Closet, & Floor

Work continues on the exterior stone and we begin installation of the hardwood floors on the interior.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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35. Hardwood Floor Progress & Exterior Chimney

Dan and Chris are applying a finish to the hardwood floor, as Bob and Jeremy continue on the exterior chimney.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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37. Septic, Completed Exterior Chimney, Siding, & Interior Finishes

We’re (hopefully) down to the last 6 weeks or so.  The septic system is being installed as well as fiber cement siding.  The exterior chimney is finished and the guys are moving inside.  On the inside, Jake is really moving on the trim after all of the cabinets are in.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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39. Septic, Siding, and Stone

The sand filter was completed within the septic system which leaves just the leach field before that’s done and we can get to final grading.  Israel and his crew began installing trim and battens on the exterior as well as installing the front door.  On the interior, Bob and Jeremy are still working on the stone chimney and we did a lot of pre-finishing on the pre-assembled trim which should be installed this coming week.  Five weeks to go!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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41. Railing, Carpet, and Granite

Progress on the siding continues as well as the installation of the stainless steel cable railing system.  Carpeting was installed in the bedrooms as well as granite and other finishing details.  Three weeks to go!?!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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42. Completed Piers, Septic, and Utilities

The project is swiftly coming to a conclusion.  We’re about a week away from the post-construction cleaning crew!  Septic, electric, and plumbing are now all complete.  Working on closets and about to start final grade and driveway!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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45. Completed Flyover and Certificate of Occupancy *NEW*

Well, the first phase of construction is complete.  We received our Certificate of Occupancy!  There’s still a lot of work to be done (Lawn installation, landscaping, fencing, lower-level construction) but here’s a video that gives a good overview of where the place stands now.  This week, the boys come home from college (Connor and his friends) and we start moving in!

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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Bonus Content

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Solar Kiln *BONUS*

As a small bonus video, I hope you enjoy this description of a solar kiln we made and have been using to dry the maple and ash lumber we sawed from the logs we cut down for the driveway and will ultimately use as trim for the new home.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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Color Revamp *BONUS*

I hope your Thanksgiving was as fun as ours (although I still can’t believe the Lions lost).  Tracy and I decided to change the exterior of the home from natural hemlock board and batten and trim to a fiber cement board and batten and trim in a taupe color with white trim and from an asphalt shingle roof to a standing seam metal roof.  Both are more expensive but less maintenance and we think look better.  The Woodhouse design team produced a rendering showing the change.  We hope you like it.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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Foundation *BONUS*

Just a neat detail of the Superior Wall foundation system.  I hope you enjoy this short bonus video.

-Pat Seaman
Owner, Woodhouse, The Timber Frame Company
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