Saturday, July 07, 2007

Letting in the light

After mysteriously disappearing for nine days (NINE DAYS!) the crew was back on the job yesterday cutting the widow openings into the SIPs. (Aside: what is it about this business [contracting] that those you have hired to do a job can simply *disappear* for nine days? If I had dropped my car off at the mechanics for a tune up and I didn't get a call for nine days, can you imagine...? This has been one of the most frustrating aspects of this project: the unpredictable nature of the work schedule of our builders. From everyone I have spoken to, this is entirely typical...all the more reason to scratch one's head and wonder about the profession.)

We have a front door! (Or an opening for one, at least.)

This has been really cool: watching the window openings being cut into the SIPs: being able to see where the windows will go, where and how the light enters the interior, watching as the fa├žades begin to look more and more like the drawings we have been looking at for nearly a year now. Basically how this works is that they mark out the dimensions of the opening and simply cut out the hole. Since SIPs are structural, this is nearly all that is required to prepare for installation of the windows. NEARLY all. I don't have a good image of this yet, but once the opening is cut, they take this electric heating coil-thing (technical term) and MELT out the insulation around the window leaving a channel in the SIPs exactly the size of a 2x4. Then 2x4s are inserted into the channel and nailed in; these will act as nailers for the installation of the windows. Pretty cool stuff.

One of the interesting aspects of our house is that the windows (since they are inserted into the SIPs and the SIPs are attached to the exterior of the frame) are outside of the frame and in a number of cases are interrupted by certain members of the frame. This is the window in the upstairs bathroom. Looking through this window will require a visual encounter with a hurricane brace.

...same is true in the boy's room. This window is about 12' off the floor.

To see the architect's renderings of what these facades will eventually look like, click here...

...and here.

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