Finally time to frame the walls! We used 2×6 lumber and 8’ foot lengths for the studs that are 16” OC. These are placed on a 2×6 plate and with two 2×6’s for the top plate. Of course this sits on top of the blocks and so it makes the wall height about 9’. We put the walls up in sections and used the top 2×6 to run across sections to hold them together. We did have anchor bolts that came up from the foundation, through the holes in the blocks and then up through the plate.
This photo shows the walls going up starting with the east wall which is for my workshop. There will be a door at the front and three windows along the side, so framing was done to leave the space for these:
On the west side, which is my husband’s garage, there will be two windows and a side door. Also as stated in a previous blog posting, there is a center wall to divide the garage from the workshop and also for the soon to come trusses to sit upon:
My workshop will have an assembly room in the front that is about 10’ deep x 20’ wide (the width of the workshop), to divide my section up into two rooms. That dividing wall will be added later, but here is the view from my front door:
The framing was finished by the end of July 2008, including the opening for a 16’ garage door:
Unfortunately, at this point, I had to have carpal tunnel surgery and was not much help to my husband for the next few months of construction, other than supervising :) It’s amazing to think all the work he did on this big project while still having a full-time job. Now if we (he) can just finish before the snow flies!
...to be continued…
-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca