With the soffit finally gone Andy, Casey and I went outside to figure out window and door placements for the new living room. The windows we’re using are these 400 Series Tilt-Wash Double-Hung windows from Anderson. The only difference is we will have two over one windows, instead of three over one like in the brochure cover.
We will have a couple different sizes in the house, but in proportion. The road side of the house and porch will be 4-0 7/8 x 3-0 1/8 while the side facing the field will be 8″ taller to accommodate the view (at least that’s the plan now). Andy also asked me what the measurements he wrote down were and then laughed when I read them as “four and zero seven-eighths”. Apparently you cannot have zero seven-eighths. I understood why he laughed once I heard myself say it out loud. I guess you actually say it as “four foot zero, seven-eighths”. Eh, close enough.
The first step was to measure out the windows on the field side, to make sure they were centered properly.
We decided on a 6 inch space between these two windows. It’s wide enough to allow the proper king and jack studs, and to look balanced, but not so far apart that it will break up the beautiful view. Here’s a better explanation of king and jack studs.
Without paying too much attention to scale right now, just a rough estimate, the field wall will be laid out similar to this when done.
The measurements on the field wall, combined with the door placement on the porch wall, drove the placement of the other two windows on the porch side (one of them is seen above on the left). It will be easier to show you once we build, but the outer wall placement is similar to this (not to scale).
Finally, we have the two current inner walls. Even though neither of them will receive windows, they will each get an opening. On the left will be a wide door opening into the rest of the house. Straight ahead on the back inner wall will be the wood stove, and an opening near it that will help draw the heat upstairs. We actually will have no heat upstairs – it will be heated purely by the wood stove. This might seem crazy, but Andy grew up in a house like this and I can attest that the wood stove really does it’s job.
We were talking about putting in a built in shelf above the wood box, but that would only leave a very small opening for air, and in my opinion would look really odd. Because the door is going to be opening onto this wall, I’d rather have the opening be centered on the wall for some symmetry. Also, in person you can tell it will look a lot better if it’s open. We’ll see how it turns out but really looking at it, it seems open is the way to go. Behind the wood stove on the left and directly behind it will be some granite work Andy wants to do with the stone from our property. There will be no chimney, as we decided on a simple stove pipe. It will be easier to clean, maintain and we actually both like the look better. Using a stove pipe requires less clearance than a chimney too. If we put one in we would lose most of the wall and the wood box. That’s neither here nor there right now, getting the shell done is most important.
Once the windows, etc. were laid out properly, Andy got his laser work done to make sure the header for the second floor would be even the entire way around. He popped his head in the door at one point and said this:
“Hey, I have a tip for you to share—always do your laser work at night. You can see the laser a lot better.”
So there you have it folks, do your laser work at night.
With all of that said, I have a post with a major change coming soon. First I need to recoup from this weekend. Let’s just say it’s been…interesting. I’ll explain later.