We first introduced you to this Des Moines custom home project in Project in Progress: Planning a Not-So-Big Custom House. Our clients purchased an old house on a great plot of land, but it was not feasible to renovate the existing building. They asked us to design and build a not-so-big custom home for them. The old house must come down first, and then we can start building the bones of the new one.
How exciting it is to watch the magic of construction begin!
Weather Beacon Red, Warmer Weather Ahead
Weather is our most significant challenge when we’re dealing with the wet process of concrete work. It was very important for our team to deliver a high quality product. Because the foundation of a home is a very significant structural element, we were not making any compromises.
We had to extend the schedule slightly to hit the appropriate temperatures. Such adjustment allows for quality work in placing the formwork and also provided enough warm days for the concrete to cure. Our subcontractor follows The Weather Channel rigorously and we trusted his professionalism and expertise to accomplish this goal. During the formwork phase, it was impressive to see such a well-oiled machine – everyone had a task, the team was focused and precise, as the forms were erected.
Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together
In the following weeks our crew was busy erecting the basement floor walls and laying out the floor deck of the first floor. One board at a time, the pieces are fitting perfectly together to compile our framing puzzle.
Still, there is a lot of work ahead. More framing elements are to be nailed together, more spaces are to be defined. It is joyful to see how careful planning has led to placing this new home in its appropriate location, thus providing strategic views from the interior towards the nature outside. There is a great joy in seeing the skeleton of this custom new home completed as we move on to its final beautification.
Up next? Framing the first and second floors, sheathing the house and setting the roof trusses to form the roof is our next exciting stage. Stay tuned for the next reveal of this not-so-big custom new home where we will show you more details and share the use of continuous exterior insulation for better thermal performance of the building’s shell.