Waterproofing and Radon

In spite of some pretty wet weather we have been making progress on our east side home. The foundation was completed over the weekend. As noted in an earlier posting we used Reward insulated forms for the house. The garage and screen porch foundations were constructed using concrete blocks as they are not heated areas.

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Garage and House Floors

We compacted the garage floor soils at our East side house and installed reinforcing steel in preparation for pouring the concrete floor. Monday was a good day for this work. I like to reinforce garage floors with steel reinforcing bars as floors like this are subject to freezing conditions. Most concrete floors this size will ev...

East Side Carpentry

With some good weather the past few days we are starting to make good progress with the carpentry work on our east side home. The main level floor has been installed. Carpenters are working at erecting the main level exterior walls. As the walls go up they are covered with . This material provides a water resistant barrier on the...

New Garage

Yesterday we started work on a new garage for a client. It is a good sized detached double garage. For this type of project we elected to use what is called a ‘floating slab’ for the foundation. This incorporates a reinforced edge beam at the perimeter of the garage floor, with additional reinforcing placed in the floor itsel...

Built Tight, Ventilate Right

Our carpenters have been busy framing the second floor of our East side home that is under construction. Weather has been great the past few days and they have made a lot of progress. The upper floor system is in place, the exterior walls are set and they are working on the interior walls of the house. The open framing always cre...

Underground Work

We have had lots of activity on our East side home this past week. Early in the week we installed a new water service to the home. This involved excavating out into Nevada Street and connecting to the existing ductile iron water main. The existing water service was a small lead service that could not be used again. Once the water...

Roof Trusses

One of the big changes I’ve seen in my 37 years in the construction business pertains to roof framing. When I started out learning the carpentry trade we framed most of our roofs by hand. This involved getting the proper quantity and sizes of lumber delivered to the job site, then setting up a sawing station. We laid out the raf...

Circle Lake home Open House, Saturday Nov. 28 1-4PM

On Saturday Ellen and I are hosting an open house at the . The home is located just off Canby Avenue on the east side of Circle Lake in Rice County (). It is a beautiful home where a family can enjoy wonderful sunsets, outdoor activities, Northfield schools and easy access to roads. Please stop out and view this home on Saturday, Nov...

Garage

Workers on our garage project have installed the windows and doors and are working on the siding. We are using a fiber-cement lap siding to match the home. The first thing that goes on the wall is a water and wind membrane…in this case a Tyvek product. This seals the wall against any bulk moisture from the exterior and lets wat...

East side home

Our East side home in Northfield has been making good progress in recent days. The workers completed the roof systems and asphalt shingles on the home. They have now moved on to framing the garage and screen porch. These are one-story portions that extend from the east side of the home. It was more efficient for the workers to wo...