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John_M

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2006, 06:09:14 AM »
As far as the 4 x 12 beams go there are a couple of factors to consider.

The most important is species.  If you are considering something like Douglas Fir and they are of high quality (#1 or better) then you could probably do that.  I believe that is what Mickey used.  Any other species might not have the strength.  Ask your local building inspector.

Also spacing of the beams obviously.  The weaker the beam, the closer the spacing of the beams.

Overall, depends on type of wood!

jraabe

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2006, 06:59:51 AM »
Yes, for the loft framing plan on sheet 5 you can substitute D/F #1 or select structural 4x12's. You could also use glulam or LVL beams. Do check that out locally, of course.
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roger(Guest)

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2006, 08:56:54 AM »
I thought this house was really most impressive and certainly encourages me to consider getting my finger out and building one.

AAA-DAY

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2006, 05:36:24 PM »
We bought the 20' 1-1/2 story cottage plans and are almost finished building. Mickey's house is very much like ours. I hope to figure out how to post our "story" and photos soon. I was looking at the staircase photo and this is how ours will be laid out. I would like to know the dimensions of this staircase, it looks steep, which is what ours will be. Could Mickey please share the specifics! Thanks, Amy

Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2006, 09:55:54 AM »
It is steep.  I kept the dimensions the same as John detailed on the plans.  It is a tradeoff between how steep the stairs are versus the floor space they take up.  Floor space won.

John's plan also has an option for stairs wraping around the landing.  The would help not make it as steep, but may also by a little tricky to navigate.

Also, 30" is pretty narrow for the width.  However, it should allow room for the stove pipe to be routed up through the opening in the ceiling between the stairs and joist.

Here is a link to a drawing I made to help me cut the stairs.

I would love to see some of your pictures.  The snow has finally melted so I am getting back to work this weekend.
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bartholomew

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2006, 12:18:27 PM »
Even though it's steep, does it still feel safe to use? thanks

AAA-DAY(Guest)

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2006, 12:42:28 PM »
Thank you so much for the link to the stair construction. Did you use these exactly, or did you make them steeper? I will look again at John's stair plan. I hope to get my photo's submitted soon, like I mentioned, out cabin looks somewhat like yours, only we have a half loft with a cathedral style greatroom and a dormer in the loft. I would love to see some interior shots of your place if you ever get around to it!
Amy

Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2006, 02:09:32 PM »
The stairs feel "safe" to me.  But that is realitive.  My young kids can go up and down, but we have to be carefull.  I don't think my grandparents will be going upstairs.  Hopefully it will be better when I get the railings installed.

Make sure that if you put a window at the landing that it is tempered glass.  If someone trips down the stairs there is a chance they could hit the window and break it.

I built the stairs to the drawings I attached in the previous post.  I based this drawing off of John's plans.

bartholomew

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2006, 08:39:54 AM »
Micky, is your cabin in the Nicola Valley area?

Your stained cement board siding was mentioned in another thread. I was wondering who manufactured the siding and the stain, or did it come pre-stained?

Sassy

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2006, 09:40:51 AM »
Micky...looking at the pictures, I would never have thought it was sided with cement board.  Looks really nice.  I like real wood, myself, but in talking to others, they like something that is rather maintenance free.  Our house in the valley has wood siding & was just painted approx 2 1/2 yrs ago & it has been chipping off in places already... :(
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Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2006, 11:54:27 AM »
Bartholomew, Our place is in Northern Idaho.  

The lap siding is Hardie Plank. http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/prodhome/hardiplank.php
 
The shake that I used on the gable ends and bump out is Nichiha. http://www.nichiha.com/sierrapremshake.htm
 
The Nichiha is similar to the Hardie except it is 1/2" thick versus 5/16".  This gave it a thicker profile that looked closer to cedar shake.  Also, the stainer said the Hardie Shake is very fragile.  I was very impressed with the Nichiha.
 
I had them both pre-stained locally with masons select.  The stain was designed for the cement siding. http://www.superdeck.com/masonsselect/6700spec.htm

The Nichiha also comes prestained from the factory.  The factory also uses Mason's Select.  This work well because I was a little short on the Nichiha.  I was able to order it stained from the factory and it matched what I had stained by a local company.

bartholomew

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2006, 12:56:39 PM »
Great, thanks a lot for the info

Jimmy_Cason

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2006, 02:52:26 PM »
Micky..
Do you have any updated pictures of this area?

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Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2006, 09:06:08 AM »
Here is a picture from last fall.  We didn't get much work done over the winter (too cold, dark & snowy).  I am having the plumbing and elec inspection this Friday.  Hopefully I will have the upstairs bathroom sheetrocked this weekend if all goes well.  I will take more pictures then.



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Jimmy_Cason

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2006, 09:29:37 AM »
Thanks Micky.. That looks like how we will live in ours for a while. Build it as I save.  That picture will help my wife visualize where I am headed with ours.

Jimmy_Cason

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2006, 09:47:50 AM »
Quote
The lap siding is Hardie Plank. http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/prodhome/hardiplank.php

The shake that I used on the gable ends and bump out is Nichiha. http://www.nichiha.com/sierrapremshake.htm

The Nichiha is similar to the Hardie except it is 1/2" thick versus 5/16".  This gave it a thicker profile that looked closer to cedar shake.  Also, the stainer said the Hardie Shake is very fragile.  I was very impressed with the Nichiha.

I had them both pre-stained locally with masons select.  The stain was designed for the cement siding. http://www.superdeck.com/masonsselect/6700spec.htm

My goal was to have something that looked close to rustic but very low maintenance.  

Micky,
 What color stain did you use? Mahogany?
Now that it has been up for a while and weathered a little, have you noticed and changes, blemishes, or such?

Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2006, 10:58:06 AM »
You are right, Mahogany.

It has only been up since last Fall.  I have not noticed any change.  I don't expect it to change much....

Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #42 on: July 24, 2006, 10:28:50 AM »
Here are some updated photos if anyone is interested.  We still have some major projects (ie cabinets, finish stairs, floors & porch), but the inside is finally starting to come together.







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Sassy

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #43 on: July 24, 2006, 11:37:54 AM »
Looks really nice, especially like the bay window/seat!  Keep those pictures coming - are you living in it now?  There's always those "details" to finish...  :-/ :)

Sassy
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Jimmy_Cason

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #44 on: July 24, 2006, 12:13:45 PM »
Great Job! Very Cottagy!  Is that a word? Cottagy?

Micky

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #45 on: July 24, 2006, 12:35:33 PM »
Jimmy, In the West we call these cabins,  so I think the term is Cabiny.  Cottages are too up-class.

Sassy,  This is only a vacation place.  So we have been "living in" it since the subfloor was on.  Kindof fun if it is only on the weekends.

jraabe

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2006, 02:33:29 PM »
Nice window seat Micky! You did a nice job on the decking as well.

cecilia

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #47 on: July 25, 2006, 04:19:10 PM »
Oh how I do love your window seat! And with those trees just outside I think I'd be spending way too much time sitting there watching for local wildlife when I should be working.

I found myself mentally wandering around our home here at the Duckpond, wondering if we perhaps had a window where I could persuade Jonni to build us a window seat!

We used to have one in our old house in England, upstairs in one of the bedrooms. It was actually a priest's hole, and had steps that went down to the cellar.

cecilia
www.duckpond-design.com.au/theduckpond


peteh2833

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #48 on: July 25, 2006, 05:44:03 PM »
Mickey, Very nice job. If you don't mind me asking, whta was the cost for getting it framed in and sheathed? We are planning on building the same 20' wide 1 1/2 story in the north central mountains of Pa. How long did you make the cabin?
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Amanda_931

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Re: Micky's 1 - 1/2 story cottage
« Reply #49 on: July 25, 2006, 06:56:59 PM »
A priest's hole with a window?  (and hidden steps to a little noticed exit?)

Cecilia, tell us more.