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

Claim of Lien
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Well, here we go. Week before last I learned that my original framing contractor–the one whose work had to be demolished–filed a legal document called a “claim of lien” against my home. I’d searched the public DNR database where liens … 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

More mistakes with original framing job
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I really thought that I was done finding mistakes with the original framing job, but as the reframing has progressed we’ve identified more and more errors made by the original contractor. These include egregious structural mistakes with the roof, shear … Read More

Tidying up the jobsite
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Rodney and Patrick took a few days off because they couldn’t stand walls in 70mph wind gusts, but as soon as the weather settled down they got back at it. The living room walls are all up, and they stood … Read More

3D Renderings
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And, it’s done! Ok fine… not really. But 3D renderings are about as close as you can come to seeing the real thing before it’s built. A little while back, Envision Home Designs reached out to offer to do a … Read More

Framing into fall
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The framers were hoping to stand the first living room wall today, but the forecast called for wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. Alaska has relatively extreme seasons, and September is a time of chaotic transition. We’re losing … Read More

Temp electric
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Not every part of a construction project is especially photogenic, but I’d like to cover all of the major steps of owner-building. So for anyone looking for prettier photos, maybe tune in next week. For everyone else: temp electric! Every … Read More

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