As we approached the holidays at the end of 2020, framing continued to progress. The framing crew finished the second-story walls on 2/3 of the house, flew roof trusses onto the walls, and sheathed the roof. It was starting to look like a house! Seeing the windows starting to frame the big views from the site was particularly exciting. It’s one things to see the open views while standing on the second-story floors, but seeing them framed into actual windows was something else.
The framers also got most of the interior walls into both the first and second stories, since we were still waiting on some of the steel work for the window frame and garage door, which we needed to finish the section of living room over the garage. The steel was onsite, but our welder claimed he was coming onsite on three different days before he finally showed up.
Then, once we got the steel welded, we needed to wait for a crane to fly everything into place. The big steel beams were too much for our framing crew to handle themselves, even with a big ‘ol forklift.
Mapping Out Interior Space
With the interior walls in, the floorplan started to take shape some more. Fortunately, it continued to fit our mental model of what everything was going to look like, in large part thanks to our sidewalk chalk experiment.
One surprise was the interior height on the second floor. Thanks to the long shed roof, our interior ceiling height rose from the “private” spaces in the house to the “public” spaces in the house (another Pattern Language idea). But even on the “low” side of the second story, we had plenty of height to work with. Our master closet, for example, felt super high.
Master Closet Design
I started sketching out options for building out our master closet, since now we had an idea of what the space was like. Closet builds can be expensive or ugly or both. I wanted neither.
Fortunately, thanks to our pinterest board, I stumbled on some designs for built-out closets using the venerable Ikea Billy Bookcase, with clothes rods strung between them. This would allow us to use our existing dressers for draws, the bookcases for open storage, and then hanging storage between them. My rough plans looked like this:
Even with the tall bookcases, we still had 3.5′ of space over the top of the bookshelves – plenty of space for another rack of hanging clothing or shelving, depending on what we needed.
A few quick book reviews, with no real stand-outs:
Pottery Barn Workspaces: Not a bad collection of ideas for different home offices, which have become more relevant post-covid. The color palettes are a nice addition.
Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses: Not as “modern” as the title would have you think. Lots of very fussy wall treatments and formal seating.
The Healthy House Book: I quit reading after the advice regarding avoiding electromagnetic radiation.