Tuesday Morning - February 1st, 2010 @ 4:07am
I really appreciate all of the time you've taken with all of the great pics of your progress, I'm about ready to start my own house using the 'Little House Plans' that I've already purchased from here.
My piece of land is about 80 miles south of you in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Actually it's Checotah but I'm 1/4 to 1/2 mile as the crow flies from the lake. I have a small lot which is only 134x75 but it's nice. My perc test passed a few days ago and my septic and water will go in right after this little bit of weather. I bought a 12x32 Derksen building (Derksen is the largest manufacturer of portable buildings in the US) and had it brought in as a temporary place for me and my wife to be while we build the house right in front of it. Problem is, I'm starting to spend a lot of money turning the portable building into a temporary home - oh well, it'll be worth it in the end.
I've been constantly on countryplans now for about a month and find it to be invaluable. I am a very 'green' builder and have barely made a wall or two in my whole life so I need all of the help I can get.
My first inspiration came from the Nash cabin here at countryplans (http://www.countryplans.com/nash.html
) - yours is great too. It's so cool to read through these 'Owner Built Projects' like a book and learn from all of you pros! (Some of you guys may not think your a pro but as I look at what you've accomplished, your a pro in my eyes). I did go out to Lowe's and purchase those main books that John suggested here - the one on Framing in particular.
I'm going to start my main posting in 'Owner Built Projects' any time now. I have been documenting my whole process with many videos and pics. Here's a few starters:
My main question to you now is about the blocks you've used for footings/piers. I really like the way you did it, it looks like it might be easier for a beginner like me to handle. It looks to me like you dug pier holes, layed in rebar/threaded rod, filled up and leveled with concrete, and then added blocks which you filled with concrete while letting the threaded rod protrude at the proper locations? (How'd you do that?) From looking at your foundation pics, it looks like the threaded rods are going through pieces of wood that nail to 2x6's that act as the main beams. Then you put 2x6 floor joists on top of that? I'm I right in my thinking? Maybe when I get to that point, you could help me and answer a few questions I'll have?
You've done an awesome job sir. Kind of reminds me of what Mr. Magoo used to say, "Oh Magoo, you've done it again!"
Thank you ScottA and all others!