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Subfloor Being Laid on Main Floor

The floor trusses are up and the plywood for the base of the main floor started going down yesterday. It’s supposed to be finished today. Since the new house plans have the garage in the basement with living space above (instead of the reverse in the old house plans), the main floor is significantly larger than the basement. So we look forward to seeing how the space really looks when we get the entire floor space blocked out.

Seeing the basement rooms actually enclosed — ceilings and all — is a big thrill, too. I told the kids they could sleep in their rooms last night, since they had walls and a room over their heads. They didn’t go for it.

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  • bbrian017 March 11, 2010, 6:44 pm

    Alison the kids are smarter than you think lol… I can tell from your post you are pretty happy with the recent progress of your home. You should be I still pay rent and I’m wasting my money… I wish I was buying a home or paying a mortgage. Very soon thought very soon.
    .-= bbrian017 hopes you’ll read Blogging back to basics =-.

  • Sarah Patino March 11, 2010, 7:32 pm

    If it wasn’t in the 30’s they might have taken you up on the offer…I would.

  • Tinatown March 11, 2010, 10:10 pm

    It’s starting to look like a real house, almost. Can’t wait to see the main floor!

  • Todd - Home Construction & Improvement March 12, 2010, 9:18 am

    What are you using for the sub-floor material?
    .-= Todd – Home Construction & Improvement hopes you’ll read Rim Joist Insulation — Insulating Options =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 12, 2010, 10:52 am

    I think it’s just plywood. Then there’s more stuff going on top of that, I think. Whatever the concrete guys specified. (Very technical, eh?) They are building up the sides for the pour, but we have some more radiant, etc., going in first. I’ll ask Sam for more specifics and post them.

  • Todd March 12, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I ask because I’m curious what products they are using to deal with weather and also the future concrete. We only use AdvanTech now because it won’t delaminate due to wet weather.
    .-= Todd @ Home Construction Improvement hopes you’ll read Rim Joist Insulation — Insulating Options =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 15, 2010, 12:11 am

    Can you explain that more? Delaminate? (You know, for the layman? 🙂 )

  • Todd - Home Construction & Improvement March 15, 2010, 5:05 am


    Regular plywood and OSB have a tendency to delaminate when exposed to rain/snow/sleet. Basically the glues used to hold the layers together arean’t meant to be submerged in water. To combat that we now use a product called AdvanTech sheathing. The stuff is amazing, it can get totally submerged in water for days on end and never suffer long term effects. When we built our new home it rained every day during the framing process and the floors never had problems.
    .-= Todd – Home Construction & Improvement hopes you’ll read Bosch 26618-01 18V Impact Drill/Driver Review =-.

  • Victor March 15, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Wow, that house looks like a mansion. I recently order a new townhome in the SF Bay Area and the footprint of the house is TINY! I bet your place will be awesome!
    .-= Victor hopes you’ll read Katana-Ya in San Francisco =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 15, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the explanation, Todd. I don’t think they are using anything special. But it will be covered with cement in the next couple of days since the main floor will also be cement. So it won’t be exposed for more than a few days. Hopefully we’ll avoid much nasty weather!

    Victor, this is the small house! 🙂 We built the mansion in 2003 and learned our lesson about living in mansions! Then we designed a smaller home that was still too big. Now we’re down to a just right house.

    But it’s all relative — and location plays a big part!

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