Reusing framing lumber
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While rebuilding the house it was important to me that we reuse as many materials as possible from the first framing attempt. Unfortunately, the vast majority of studs and sheathing could not be salvaged because it was damaged from the … Read More

A little extra of everything
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Progress on the house was relatively slow during the latter half of the winter. Most activity at the project site happened in bursts, often separated by long periods of unavoidable but occasionally frustrating inactivity. One piece of advice I would … Read More

EPDM Roofing
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In mid-January the EPDM roofing was installed, topping off the whole roof assembly. Getting the roof finished and protected from the elements before any weather could hit was an enormous relief. Many houses use asphalt shingles or metal roofing, but … Read More

Cold Roofs vs. Warm Roofs
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Roofs can be separated into two categories: cold roofs and warm roofs. Some roof designs blur the lines between these two types, and the terms only make literal sense in northern climates, where interior spaces are heated and exterior air … Read More

Taiga
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Meet the newest member of the AK House Project crew, Taiga the puppy. Taiga is an 18-week-old samoyed pup. Samoyeds are Siberian working dogs known for their high energy, friendly characters, and extreme floofiness. I’ve had Taiga since he was … Read More

Upper roof framing
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After over a year spent framing and reframing, we finally reached the very top of the roof. The upper sheathing was fastened with a thousand 12″ screws and large galvanized washers. I’m not gonna lie: buying the screws gave me … Read More

Update
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It’s been a pretty interesting last few weeks. A Facebook post I made months ago about my framing problems suddenly went viral and was shared over 24,000 times. I received hundreds of messages from around the world and picked up … Read More

Flickr
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I’m excited to say that I’ll be making much of my akhouseproject media available for free public use via the project’s new Flickr account. I’m currently uploading full-size, full-quality photos and videos under a Creative Commons attribution license. This more … Read More

Reinstalling roof beams
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Roof beams are going back up! Luckily, it looks like we’ll be able to reuse most of the original glulam beams from the first framing attempt. Harry and his crew stacked them nicely during the demo, and I’ve kept them … Read More

Final engineering report
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I wasn’t planning on sharing the final written report about the original framing job, but recently I found out that the original framing contractor has filed public legal documents related to the project. I hope this post makes it abundantly … Read More

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