With the floor completed, it’s time to get started on building the walls! We are using a simple dimensional lumber frame construction to make it as painless of a process as possible. The plan is each wall will be built laying down on the ground and then we will raise it into place.
First we measure the studs to be 16″ on centre apart from each other and trim off the excess from the top and bottom plates.
Where the windows and door will go, we must make headers and cripples to support the weight of the rest of the house without breaking the windows. They are sort of like arches that we make from two boards nailed together on each side (cripples) and three boards nailed together for the top (header). Below, on the right side, we didn’t make it as described, so we will have to take it apart and do it correctly.
The back wall is very easy because there are no windows or anything to concern ourselves with. It’s very fast to build and goes up quickly. We have temporary diagonal braces to hold the walls in place while we try to get the side walls made.
Next, we raise one of the reclaimed logs that we took from the old draft dodger cabin. There will be two of these logs that will hold the ridge beam (top beam of the roof). It was all hands on deck to lift this thing up into place, so we didn’t have any pictures of the actual process, but here is the result, after putting some temporary braces to keep it in place.
After both logs are in place, we build the side walls into place. These walls will hold large windows, so there are virtually no studs in them, just the headers and cripples. The next hard part was putting up the second floor walls. They are only 4ft high, so they are manageable in weight, but still take a bit of a process to lift into place. We placed some pieces of wood on the outer edge of the wall to prevent us from dropping the wall outside of the house.
And so very quickly we have the frame of a house. Now that all the walls are up, everything feels much more stable. The braces are staying in for now, but we’ll remove them before we put the roof on.
Next up, putting a 500+ pound ridge beam 20ft in the air! That’s going to be a tough job, and we might have to call in some help for more muscle!
Costs of Materials Used:
2″x6″x16 SPF dimensional lumber x 96pcs = $6.40 x 96 = $615
4500pcs nails = $36
Cost for this update = $651
Total Cost = $1410 ($1044 US)