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Title: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 08, 2011, 11:44:13 AM
After 10 years of planning, design and working through the bureaucracy we're almost ready to start!  Took 4 years to come to agreement with town over lot line and right-a-way adjustments, 2 years working with an architect on the design and having it fail to pass the historic design review, and finally grabbing the bull by the horns and doing my own design...the plans were approved last fall and the permit issued in January of this year.  Costs todate for survey, lot line adjustment application, design work, design review application, engineering, plan check, building permit, mitigation and utility connection fees come to $58,000.  That's $20,000 more than I paid for my first brand new house in 1970.  Here are site photos...I will provide plans and a running update as we break ground.

This site was purchased for the view over historic downtown and the mountains beyond, not to mention a convenient 2 minute walk to main street

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View from town...orginal house on site built 1890's, burned to ground in 1980's

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A through lot... garage to be accessed from rear street

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Current conditions that will need to melt before ground breaking, hopefully by May 1st

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: SouthernTier on April 08, 2011, 12:24:14 PM
In the first picture, is the place in the far view where the Tahoe to Truckee ski race ends?  Are they still running that?  I used to love doing that race back when I lived in CA in the 80's.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 08, 2011, 01:16:22 PM
Correct...The Great Ski Race from Tahoe to Truckee continues every year and ends at Hill Top, which is at the ridge top left in view photo.  Hill Top is the site of the first mechanized ski lift in the western U.S.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on April 08, 2011, 02:35:20 PM
Whew, they sure made you jump through hoops, not to mention how much it cost & you haven't even started building yet  :-\

But the view is beautiful, conveniently located & you can finally start your dream cabin!  Glad you already realize we like pictures  :)

BTW,  w*
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 09, 2011, 02:08:57 PM
Experimenting with posting plan documents...here is the floor plan and 3-D of the new house...

FLOOR PLAN:

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3-D:

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: SouthernTier on April 11, 2011, 07:40:53 AM
Correct...The Great Ski Race from Tahoe to Truckee continues every year and ends at Hill Top, which is at the ridge top left in view photo.  Hill Top is the site of the first mechanized ski lift in the western U.S.
Yeah, I googled it after I posted (I know, supposed to google first).  Brings back old memories.  Browsing through the website I found I actually made it into the photo of the 1987 mass start (http://www.thegreatskirace.com/images/1987/1987Start.jpg)!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on April 11, 2011, 10:34:57 AM
Great - we often stop off for lumber from TTLCo and food at Bar of America or the Squeeze Inn on the way up to our place (http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=3854.0).  Now we can check up on another Country Plans project whilst we're there too!

Nice design - that style of porch is ideal for snow country.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 19, 2011, 12:22:26 PM
Warmer weather has brought us close to ground breaking...looks like first week of May...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 15, 2011, 08:22:48 AM
Ground Breaking May 6, 2011, equipment arrives and goes to work

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First comes the grubbing

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...and then the "Historic" apple tree comes down

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Finally a clean job site and temporary errosion control

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: duncanshannon on May 15, 2011, 11:19:08 AM
 [cool]

must be exciting to get started!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 22, 2011, 07:42:53 AM
Underground Utilities go in!  Since so many postings do not involve the regulatory nightmare we experience here in California, especially in the Lake Tahoe area. I will give comments on same as we go.  On one day alone we had four inspectors, all from different agencies, on the site.

First and formost call before you dig!  There is a 8" transmission pressure gas line to the left of where they are standing, with a 4" distribution pressure line next to same.  The gas company stood by as the trench was opened...don't need another San Bruno.

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Electric Company personnel arrive to place pole standoffs for electric riser and drop off pull box for base of pole.

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Electric is in the ground...utility required a 3" conduit...looks like we are running a commercial service...take note of that 3" steel riser req'd by the utility, almost as large as the pole!

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Next the telephone and cable TV go in the same trench.  Now we have more stuff hanging on that poor pole.

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And then comes the water service...

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Followed by the water crew to install the meter and connect service...

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And program the new electronic water meter.

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Gas line goes in same trench with water.  Interesting process here, gas company requires that conduit be placed in trench so they can come back later dig up ends and shove gas pipe through .

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And finally the sewer.  Anyone care to quess why two cleanouts at the connection to main sewer?

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Anoter clean out required just outside of foundation.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 27, 2011, 10:56:05 AM
As part of the permit package we are required to have an engineered temporary and permanent errosion control plan.  The plan requires that all surface water generated on the site (roof run-off, etc.) shall be contained on the site.  To accomplish this it was necessary to dig permanent rock wells sufficient to absorb the 100 year design value and provide lined drainage swales to direct flow into these rock wells.

Due to the tight working area on this lot we were forced to dig these rock wells prior to excavation for the foundation...

Layout of drywells, east and west side of front yard...

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Uncovered old 2 inch boiler tube water line

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And then ran into this six inch steel line which, as we dug further, became an abandoned clay sewer pipe

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End product with rock and filter fabric in place (large boulders to become future landscape features)

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 27, 2011, 11:16:24 AM
Footings dug, other than one area where they must have dug a hole and buried the remains of the prior structure destroyed by fire, no real surprises

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Because the orginal soils report indicated potential for fill on the site, the permit required that we have a special inspection once the footings were dug.  The soils engineer did some probing and took photos for the report...only recomendation was that we run a wacker over the length of the trenching to insure adequate compaction...took an extra couple of hours work...but solid as rock afterwards. 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 31, 2011, 05:10:56 AM
Every job site needs a supervisor...grandaughter ready to fill the shoes...

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Forming the foundation

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 05, 2011, 07:12:23 AM
Will we ever see summer???

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on June 05, 2011, 01:35:31 PM
It's been a cool, wet spring, for sure!  Guess it's better than the fires Arizona & Texas have been fighting or all the flooding & tornadoes - although there's supposed to be some flooding when the snow starts melting.

Cute supervisor!  At least you've jumped through a lot of the hoops...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 06, 2011, 01:01:51 PM
Sassy, thanks for reminding me that our local weather is just a minor inconvenience when compared to what mother nature has done to others!

All commnents are appreciated   :).
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rich2Vermont on June 07, 2011, 11:32:27 AM
Hi Danfish - my son was biking in the century ride around Tahoe on Sunday, and I'm sure he appreciated the weather even less than you do. Looking forward to seeing the progress, once the weather gets better.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 07, 2011, 06:13:04 PM
Hi Danfish - my son was biking in the century ride around Tahoe on Sunday, and I'm sure he appreciated the weather even less than you do. Looking forward to seeing the progress, once the weather gets better.

Unfortunately Sunday's bike ride was only for the very brave and hardy.  After last month's canceling of the first leg of the Tour of California I was surprised they went ahead with last weekend's event. 

Today we finally have spring weather!  Passed our foundation inspection and ready to pour concrete on Thursday.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 10, 2011, 06:37:12 AM
Let the pour begin!  Due to access problems at site it was necessary to pump concrete.  orginally wanted to use overhead boom truck to speed things up, but overhead utilities and narrow roadways made that impossible (should be interesting when we get to the stage of getting a crane in place for lifting of trusses and large beams).

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Setting up...note that viewshed...top of this wall will be the front porch.

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Let the concrete flow...

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All important holddowns..

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Here's what you get when prior proprty owners decided to bury the garbage...one hell of a footing and added cost...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 11, 2011, 06:40:56 PM
Forms stripped off of first phase...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: duncanshannon on June 12, 2011, 03:18:15 AM
very cool!  [cool]

cant wait to get to that point!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 14, 2011, 04:39:25 AM
Due to tight access on site it is necessary that we leave out interior foundation walls and piers so we can get equipment in to backfill and dig the perimeter drainage swales.  This is where you need an operator that is good...Wayne could brush your teeth with that machine!!!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 17, 2011, 08:49:14 AM
Roof gutters in the mountains are nothing but a headache so we moved them to ground level with drip-line trenching:

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First step was to install waterproof membrane, followed by stone to prevent washout and movement of the membrane (15 tons of granite).  Note these trenches feed into the rock drywells previousily installed:

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Because it didn't make since to walk around on a bunch of cobbles the next step placed 3/4 inch crushed rock to level out perimeter drainage (18 cu. yards):

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The finished product:

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 17, 2011, 08:52:55 AM
Everyone should have one of these radio controlled toys to play with...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 26, 2011, 08:02:56 AM
It's been a busy week on the site, start of 2nd concrete pour...interior foundation walls and piers.  After a few days to let concrete cure we'll backfill and begin building base for garage and shop slabs.  Nothing like wrestling with 80 feet of concrete hose to start your day...

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Don't forget rebar in those footings & center things up...

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Landing for front porch stairway...tied into steps and foundation of 100 + year old fence..

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Finished foundation and another view of extent necessary to gain good bearing soil in the area of the old burn pit...don't think the house will tip over...on the other hand since they just uncovered an unknown earthquake fault (6.9 potential scale) just 5 miles away, may be a good thing to have a solid foundation!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 29, 2011, 06:04:46 AM
Ready for garage and shop slab...too many truck loads of 3/4 inch crush rock and a lot of wacker and vibratory plate work, but it is as solid as a rock...

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After crawling under many a house, I always told myself if I had the opportunity start from scratch I would make sure it was all covered with pea gravel and include no large roocks...the results...

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The last of the permanent erosion control...just in time, it's raining cats and dogs as I post and "snowing" at the higher elevations...

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Finally, first wood goes down...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on June 29, 2011, 07:34:51 AM
Yeah, the weather looked pretty unpleasant yesterday.  I was supposed to be bringing up a load of pine to our place (http://://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=3854.0) but changed my mind when it looked like there might be snow over Donner Pass.  I thought Winter was finally over!

At least your construction drainage plan got some use...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: duncanshannon on June 29, 2011, 04:14:47 PM

Finally, first wood goes down...


yaaay!! [cool]
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 03, 2011, 06:13:33 PM
Finished up week with pour of slab for garage and shop...

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Finished floor...that tops out at 70+ cu. yds. of concrete in this foundation...one small pour left for garage door trench drain and mandoor landing...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MushCreek on July 04, 2011, 02:51:25 AM
Yeah, the weather looked pretty unpleasant yesterday.  I was supposed to be bringing up a load of pine to our place (http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=3854.0) but changed my mind when it looked like there might be snow over Donner Pass.  I thought Winter was finally over!

At least your construction drainage plan got some use...

Seriously- How do you folks decide when last winter ends, and next winter begins? d*
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: altaoaks on July 04, 2011, 04:40:33 PM
Hi Danfish, very impressive!  We passed through Truckie on the way home from a 3 day trip to Reno.  I wish I had spotted this link sooner, I would have enjoyed stopping in to see the progress.  When you got your ducks in a row you really got to the business at hand, CONGRATULATIONS!  I just love Truckie.

Well, is it finally summer up there, I agree that it was looking bad for us for a minute.  We had our dog with us and stopped for "doggie business" at Truckie, then at Kingvale.  You know there was still snow behind the gas station there!  Well, the dog was digging it, but its the 4th of July for God's sake!  Then we made a quick stop at our property in Alta before leaving the mountains.  I wish we could have bottled some of that snow and rain and sent it to NM and Mountain Don! 

Keep up the posting.  Its looking really good!

 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 07, 2011, 05:32:22 AM
More wood goes down as the pony walls go up for the floor.  Supplier had to sneak 40 foot "I" joist through town early this morning so as to not cause anyone alarm.  Girders to arrive on site tommorrow.  Sure is nice working over all that gravel with afternoon T-storms of the past two days!!!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 11, 2011, 05:08:25 AM
Girders going in...amazing how we once upon a time got away without all these metal connectors...

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Girders and rim joist in place, next come the floor joist and then it's time for the rough plumbing...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 14, 2011, 06:50:48 AM
Floor joist in, decided to go with a wider flange on the "I" joist, gives more nailing surface for subfloor and stiffens the joist.  Only added about $350 to toal cost.

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Sanitary plumbing complete...

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Interesting quirt of local building official...yea old metal plumbers tape strapping is out, replaced by plastic.  Feels that expansion/contraction will cause metal to abrade pipe.  Should be interesting to see how long before fastners pull through plastic strap.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MushCreek on July 14, 2011, 11:40:21 AM
Your place is coming along great!

Re: Plastic plumbing straps- Wouldn't it make more sense to use metal, and simply line it with plastic or rubber to protect the plastic pipe?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: duncanshannon on July 14, 2011, 05:43:06 PM
you are making some awesome progress!! nice work.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 17, 2011, 05:13:05 AM
Another busy week...finish up plumbing...because this area deals with a lot of second home owners that forget pipes can freeze in the winter and both the town and local fire dept. are sick of dealing with broken pipe issues, local code now requires that the entire water system (hot and cold) drain to a low point.  That means all the water piping must slope back to that point.  Makes for a much more complicated water install.  Here's the central point and drain lines.

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To further complicate matters, building dept. wants easy access to drain valves and that doesn't include traversing the full length of the crawl space to reach same.  They figure no self-respecting San Francisco yuppie is going to crawl under the house.  Therefore, if you look at the floor joist photo you will note the trap door blocked out in a closet floor to reach these.

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Hold down bolts brought up through subfloor.  Connected to Simpson High Capacity anchor bolts, that should keep walls in place.

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Sanitary drain stand up test ready for inspector and finally the big inspection prior to subfloor...passed with flying colors!!!

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Insulated 100 percent of water piping...I have done my share of laying on the back trying to thaw out frozen pipes with a hair dryer...this will make the fourth house where I have insulated the under floor piping and never had to deal with the pipes again.  Of course all those extra fittings with ups and downs to comply with drain requirements made this one tough job!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 22, 2011, 11:37:06 AM
Let the dance begin, subfloor down and ready to start framing walls!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on July 23, 2011, 04:11:12 PM
this is an awesome build!  I can tell youve had some practice ;)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 27, 2011, 06:48:13 AM
Walls just about ready to go up...1st wall with sheathing on...

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Second wall framed and ready for sheathing...

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With most of the sheathing on these walls being shear, lots of nails...thank you to the inventor of nail guns!!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 04, 2011, 06:09:01 AM
Exterior walls up and working on garage/shop walls...

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4x6 detail for shearwall edge nailing , only problem is two of these landed dead center on where I planned for fireplace ducts to penetrate wall...now some creative duct work...

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Typical holddowns...walls not going anywhere!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on August 04, 2011, 08:17:04 AM
My buddy and I were just talking about the nailing paterns for sheer walls when we built his house, they really are no joke. Didn't help that my dad was the inspector and he lit us up because some of our nails weren't sunk enough.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 06, 2011, 06:58:47 AM
Trench drain just prior to last concrete pour...a 10 percent grade on the driveway could result in melting snow in the garage, so hope this does the trick!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 09, 2011, 08:09:11 AM
Garage and shop walls up...

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View of job site from hill top across valley (center of photo, above town)...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: suburbancowboy on August 10, 2011, 01:57:12 PM
It looks a lot like the old town part of park city, utah.  I use to work there.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 11, 2011, 05:32:12 AM
Yes, Truckee is reminiscent of many of those small mountain villages than sprang up around mining and other overnight booms.  In Truckee's case becoming a staging area for the Sierra crossing of the transcontinental railroad really put it on the map.  Then came the lumber industry for the Virginia City silver mines and the railroad.  Before the invention of refrigeration, ice farming was a big industry.  In the late 1990's there was talk of Truckee becoming the next Aspen...sure enough when the big resort developers got through with Colorado, they moved to Truckee.  Now the town is surrounded by gated golf communities.  Probably the saving factor has been the recent housing bust!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 12, 2011, 04:48:55 PM
The first big lift...placing beam that supports a good portion of the front of the structure...

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Cranking away...

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A bit of raw encouragement...

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Final resting place, bolting in...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 13, 2011, 06:44:59 AM
Front porch posts go up...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on August 13, 2011, 07:53:04 AM
Thats a very large beam!  6"x24"?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 15, 2011, 06:34:55 AM
You're in the ballpark...actually 6 3/4 x 22 1/2!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 15, 2011, 06:48:44 AM
Interior walls now complete...interior designer gives blessing...

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Porch beam in place to hold up front loft area...on to the roof structure!!!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 18, 2011, 07:22:09 AM
Big day, truss load arrives...

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After some head scratching, can do it, can't do it...finally position truck and trailer (more pictures and discussion later) and get crane into operation...

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About getting in a position to even do this job...trailer squeezed into place...

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Then the challenge of working with all the overhead utilities...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on August 18, 2011, 03:07:37 PM
Nothing seems to be simple there...  you're making great progress tho.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 21, 2011, 05:44:45 AM
Final site clean up and drainage install...driveway at end of August...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 24, 2011, 06:30:37 AM
Topping out Trusses...then on to the garage truss work...real fun comes on cathedral rafters over living room and loft.  Trying to schedule crane to lift 3 large glue lams that support this last roof section.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on August 24, 2011, 07:00:21 AM
do you mind posting a close up pic of how the 2 trusses connect?  in the pic they look like they are floating!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 26, 2011, 08:22:12 PM
Nathan, flying in the trusses is just eye candy, the real detail work always follows.  First the top sections are sitting on and nailed to 2x4 web stiffners spaced 24" O.C. (that's why they appear to be floating up there).

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Next comes 7/16" 8x10 plywood gussets 4' O.C. to connect upper and lower sections.

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You can imagine the fun nailing these babies in place...

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Finally, a 8 foot 2x4 is sistered to each top and bottom truss rafter...

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All this for an engineered roof system designed to take 140 mph winds.

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on August 26, 2011, 08:45:57 PM
Very  [cool] ... and I hope you never have to test those connections with 140 mph winds.  I think your structure would do better than many others though.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on August 28, 2011, 09:08:47 AM
Ok, I see now, didnt notice the 2x4s laying perpendicular between the trusses.  Man, I dont envy you for having to install all those gussets, or cutting them out for that matter!  looks to be a very solid constructed roof tho, is that typical in your area? or are you just going above and beyond for piece of mind
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 28, 2011, 11:44:26 AM
Fortunately the plywood gussets came supplied by the truss manufacture along with all the eave blocking (predrilled for venting).  All structures in the town of Truckee require engineered plans, thereby eliminating building code references to conventional construction.  Basic wind speed design criteria is 95 mph (three second gust); however, exposure and topographical features are site specific and actual design criteria is determined by the engineer of record.  The town indicates there is no historical record of wind related strucural failures...I have personally witnessed 100 mph gusts in the area.  The downtown Truckee ground snow load factor is 175 pounds per sq. ft. and even with a 10/12 pitch you will note this roof has a large amount of surface area.  This past record winter resulted in a significant number of structural failures due to snow loading...mostly structures built in the 60's and 70's before strict codes and during the days of anything will work craftsmanship.  I own a house in town built in 1892 with pioneer craftsmanship and old growth lumber that is still standing tall...even though it might be leaning a bit!!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on August 28, 2011, 12:07:07 PM
Wow!  175 psf ground snow. That's a lot od snow! Of course that area is famous for snow. Is it wet or dry snow mostly, or depends?   How mana feet on the ground, depthwise?

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 28, 2011, 12:27:29 PM
Often wet snow, that's why they call it "Sierra Cement"; however. this past winter it was occasionally dryer than normal and made for a lot of happy powder hound skiers.  In town gets a lot of sunshine so ground build up usually a few feet between storms.  Roof sheding, drifts, etc. can build up to 8 feet or more.  At one point the ski area on top of nearby Donner Summit had a base of 30 feet this past season.  Keep in mind that the camp of the infamous "Donner Party" was just a short distance out of town.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on August 29, 2011, 03:35:58 PM
Finally had chance to stop by and check out your project on Saturday - looks great!  And what a fantastic location - views and seconds to downtown (probably about 2 seconds with enough sierra cement on the ground - the vertical and horizontal distances seem about the same).  Interesting to hear you get the vented blocking from the truss vendor - I was gonna ask how they looked so perfect.  I guess you're not covered by wildland-urban-interface fire rules otherwise you'd be spending a lot on fire-resistant vents...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 29, 2011, 05:08:37 PM
David sorry I missed you, Saturday was a day off...thanks for the comments.  Wildland-Urban requirements do apply and yes will be installing those very expensive vents in the soffit.  Current plan is to go with the continuous strip vent by Bandguard.  Foundation vents also have to be approved type. 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 03, 2011, 02:06:38 PM
Driveway goes down and errosion control work complete...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 05, 2011, 08:56:41 AM
Barge rafters going up on rear gable...

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Time to stain the fascia...

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And finally, installing the faux beam outlookers, real supporting beams on front gable/cathedral ceiling structure go up this week with crane scheduled for Wednesday.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on September 05, 2011, 12:15:37 PM
You're place is really coming along nicely!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 06, 2011, 05:12:35 AM
Thanks Sassy...still a lot to do before old man winter rears his head!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on September 06, 2011, 06:55:09 AM
Out in the trees, Fall unofficially starts the weekend after Labor Day - with the Sun lower in the sky there's a lot less light and it really changes the feel of everything.  We've already started splitting wood and thinking about where to store everything over the Winter - only 8 weeks until things have to be mostly put away.

But with your fantastic Southern exposure you can pretend it's Summer for a few more weeks...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 08, 2011, 05:35:37 AM
Big lift day...

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Staging for action and pre-lift meeting of the minds...

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Crane arrives...

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First thing get out instructions...just a joke, actually varifying boom extension Vs. load, it's a long way out there!  Next comes set up... all you female builders out there, note the crane crew.

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Change tires anyone?

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Rig up first beam, then up and away...

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Next comes the ridge beam...

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Finally beam #3...

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View from the top, total setting time , start to finish...20 minutes...now on to the rafters...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on September 08, 2011, 08:04:08 AM
View from the top, total setting time , start to finish...20 minutes...now on to the rafters...

Nothing like a good crew and good operator!

Your place looks amazing and has been a big inspiration for me.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on September 08, 2011, 08:49:07 AM
is there a specific name for the type beams you are using?  they look kinda like a bunch of white pine 2x6 laminated together! ( Im sure theres more to it than that)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rdzone on September 08, 2011, 10:00:26 AM
I believe they are called glulams around here.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on September 08, 2011, 11:30:35 AM
Yeah they look like glulams to me, if you are unfamiliar here is what wikipedia has to say about them:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glued_laminated_timber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glued_laminated_timber)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 08, 2011, 08:34:00 PM
Glulam is correct!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 10, 2011, 08:20:38 AM
Gable end over porch (loft) takes shape...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on September 10, 2011, 08:38:39 AM
Thanks for the info! Its coming along great!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Don_P on September 11, 2011, 06:24:36 AM
Looking good Dan, I'm sure it feels good to have the beams set. Don't mean to drag the thread off track, I saw a little discussion on glulam and thought more reading material might be of interest to some folks. Many of these are free downloads, the standard details section has ideas for more than just glulam.
http://www.aitc-glulam.org/shopcart/index.asp

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 12, 2011, 05:35:10 AM
Thanks Don, some real good glulam info on that referenced link.  Of course it has not rained all summer, but now that I have those beams sitting up there exposed to the elements...we have had two days of afternoon thunderstorms!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 21, 2011, 05:26:54 AM
No new photos to post just chewing up time with a ton of framing detail work.  Should get shear inspection today and on to main roof sheathing this week.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 24, 2011, 06:44:07 AM
Fascia board installed...spent all day yesterday crawling around putting a last coat of stain on the installed board...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on September 24, 2011, 09:16:52 AM
Your place is looking so nice...  when do you think you'll be able to move in?  It's moving along so fast  c*
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on September 24, 2011, 07:23:38 PM
I always love seeing your progress posts, you are doing an awesome job!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 26, 2011, 04:15:55 AM
While it appears the project is moving right along, I am a bit nervous about getting the siding on before the snow flys.  I had hoped to be well into that work about now! Master plan is to have everything closed in before winter sets in and shut down project until next spring.  Next season is the interior finish work with a move in target of next fall.

Considerable time has been chewed up the past couple of weeks with things like blocking, shear transfer and metal connectors, witness below...

A lot of blocking up there...

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And of course all those connectors...

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And finally little details like the engineer's shear transfer blocking in the loft/porch area...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 27, 2011, 09:10:19 AM
Electric Meter Base and temporary construction power circuits in place, as soon as inspected can call for permanent power and pull the temp. power pole...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Rob_O on September 27, 2011, 01:13:40 PM
Nice... 400A service?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 28, 2011, 04:56:25 AM
It will be a 200 amp service...looks larger because of minimium underground conduit size, etc. dictated by local utility.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 01, 2011, 07:17:17 AM
Roof sheathing is on and roofer scheduled to start in 3 days.  First snow is forecast in 5 days...this should be interesting!!! Picked up windows and exterior doors from storage and delivered to site, 400 mile round trip to save $2,000 on total cost of package.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Don_P on October 01, 2011, 05:14:25 PM
It's certainly in the air and keeps one pounding this time of year. We had a few moments of snow today. We're hoping to let the roofer start in a week.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: henderson on October 01, 2011, 06:57:22 PM
I was just past Truckee last night. A beautiful place for sure.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 06, 2011, 05:22:56 PM
Roofer drop the ball and did not beat two days of rain and snow, project shut down in hopes that things will dry out.  Schedule is now in the toilet!!!  Weather didn't stop my little friends waiting on the front porch for their morning peanut.  This is the view of Lake Tahoe this morning...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on October 06, 2011, 07:26:16 PM
This is crazy for for me to even fathom!  Here in Texas it has just in the past few weeks become bearable to even be outside due to a severe heat wave and drought we have been experiencing.  Im guessing that by not having the roof on this haults all hopes of any interior work this winter?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 12, 2011, 09:55:33 AM
Almost 5 days of no pogress due to rain and snow.  Always wanted a swiming pool in the master bedroom...

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Job site meeting tent...

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Managed to get foundation in for gas meter shed...will show more on this subject later, no one can believe what the gas company and town require to protect the gas meter...

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Good news is that the roofer started yesterday and it looks like we have at least a week of clear weather in front of us!!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on October 12, 2011, 01:19:20 PM
Almost 5 days of no pogress due to rain and snow.  Always wanted a swiming pool in the master bedroom...
My wife was upset because I was sanding inside due to the weather.  Now I can tell her that at least I wasn't water skiing!

Sorry to hear you got hit so hard - it was a pretty heavy storm.  The only consolation up our way was that now we can burn our debris piles.  Probably not much need to do that on your lot!  A friend who's building a cabin up our way has been hit hard too - his roofing and windows will be arriving just at the end of the next dry spell...

Nice that your gas meter cover will also double as a bomb shelter for squirrels.  However, I did read somewhere here that a whole house exploded when snow hit the gas regulator and, aparently, propane pools nicely between snow drifts and can be a rather unpleasant suprise for the first person who walks into the dip smoking!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 13, 2011, 06:35:56 AM
With respect to the squirrel bomb shelter you are correct about the dangers of propane.  Fortunately we are dealing with natural gas here in town (lighter than air) and it dissipates faster than propane.  The gas company had a perfectly good shelter in the past that was more than adequate protection ( I will show a picture later to compare the different designs), but they had a leak incident and felt the need to go overboard on this new design.

First window goes in...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on October 13, 2011, 07:45:33 AM
It may be better to go overboard on this than the other way around. I don't have a photo handy but here in NM there are nat gas meters in the open hanging on two pipes sticking out of the ground. And by out in the open I mean out in the open where they could be run over by an errant driver. I don't think it's permitted for new construction anymore but I see these here and there and shake my head.

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: jbiehl on October 13, 2011, 08:20:58 AM
Great pictures!  [cool]
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 15, 2011, 07:14:32 AM
More on the bomb-proof gas meter shed...joke on the job site is this looks like a test piece in the apprentice carpenter's school...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4213/35549361111_63da2d807b_o_d.jpg)

Not to belittle the importance of protecting the meter, regulator and associated piping from snow load, but I installed the shed shown below three years ago and it has been through some tough winters without incident.  This shed was avaialble from the local gas company for $200 and took about one hour to assemble and install.  Word on the street is that local contractors are charging $1,500 for the new design and it takes two days to install...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4127/35292599320_cbe7c9f854_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on October 16, 2011, 11:20:48 PM
Looks like you had the tar paper on when I passed though Truckee on Saturday...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 18, 2011, 09:57:10 AM
Looks like you had the tar paper on when I passed though Truckee on Saturday...

That is correct, "only" took roofer one week to get underlayment down and start putting down starter strip...

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All the final roof materials delivered yesterday...46 squares is one lot of roof...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4067/34838750184_5dca1192f2_o_d.jpg)

All windows in and got a coat of primer on the front porch columns...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4089/35549354721_7be9b72a3e_o_d.jpg)


Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 27, 2011, 06:54:47 AM
Well we're into week number three with the slowest roofer I have ever seen...workmanship appears to be Ok, just can't stay on the job and make progress...at least waeather is cooperating, even with those twenty degree mornings.

For those not acquainted with the new California fire code requirements...here's the most expensive soffit installation you will ever see.  Ordinary vented open eaves are no longer allowed, so we begin with this new vent that includes a honeycombed piece that is treated with a special paint that expands a fills the internal space when exposed to high flame temperature...10 foot strip costs $80.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4266/35549354991_3535f89d84_o_d.jpg)

Then we must use "fire resistant construction", which means we begin with 1/2 inch exterior dry wall...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4061/35549355131_6e29191acb_o_d.jpg)
Then we install the new vent strips and 1 x 6 cedar T & G...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4124/35549355231_bd66d0dbe4_o_d.jpg)

And final result...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4070/34838748794_953b104a4f_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on October 27, 2011, 09:27:20 AM
Intumescent paint, I think. You can get it to paint exterior wood surfaces. When the temp gets high enough it expands as an insulative layer. Easier. less expensive to do cement board or stucco.  But good to use on older existing wood structures.

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on October 28, 2011, 05:52:10 AM
They're letting you use T&G cedar?  That's good news - last I heard the only stuff that was approved for soffits were a couple of brands of cement board.  And the vents are getting cheaper too - when I priced mine it was gonna cost something like $15/linear foot.  But I managed to sneak in my permit a couple of days before the WUI stuff hit so I went with 1/8" hardware cloth and the whole thing cost me <$50 total!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 30, 2011, 06:27:14 AM
The Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) is a big thing now in California and while fire resistant construction with materials like cement board and stucco would pass...not in the Historic District of Truckee!  The Historic Review Commision will not approve the application of these materials.  Western Red Cedar is listed by the State Fire Marshal as passing the requirements for flame spread rates.  The construction of soffits with the layering of dry wall and jointed cedar is an approved method.  Siding becomes the next big issue.  The use of a shingle would require it have a Class B fire rating and you can guess at what that would cost.  I wanted shingles on this structure and an approved material is the shingle panel with cedar permanetly afixed to a plywood backer.  This combination meets the fire resistance test and is on the "approved list".  I have used before and the 8 foot panels are pretty easy to install.  This is what they look like...

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First two courses installed...by the way these panels were ordered prestained, last time I stained myself before installing (actually I had the wife and every available friend staining)...will not do that again!!!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 02, 2011, 05:04:59 AM
Roof's done!!!  Well almost, still need to get roofer back to finish roof on the gas meter enclosure...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on November 02, 2011, 06:36:40 AM
Did you have to run those soffit strips the whole length, or some engineered formula of inches required? 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on November 02, 2011, 02:41:36 PM
Roof's done!!!  Well almost, still need to get roofer back to finish roof on the gas meter enclosure...

Glad to hear the gas meter enclosure gets its own roofing job.

I wonder if there are any countryplans cabins that cost less to build than your gas meter enclosure...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: davidj on November 02, 2011, 02:45:28 PM

First two courses installed...by the way these panels were ordered prestained, last time I stained myself before installing (actually I had the wife and every available friend staining)...will not do that again!!!

Sssshhhhhhhhh!  Don't mention pre-stained siding!!  My wife might see it and ask for the two Summers back that she spent staining our cabin.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 06, 2011, 06:25:30 AM
Did you have to run those soffit strips the whole length, or some engineered formula of inches required?

The Net Free Vent Area (sq. inches) of these new flame resistant vents is significantly less than old conventional vents; therefore, the length of strip venting required to meet the calculated vent values dictates that strips run almost the entire soffit length.  For appearance sake and to reduce the additional detail work to break up the run, it was decided to slightly over do it and make it a continuous run.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 06, 2011, 05:27:25 PM
Winter has arrived...

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Pretty much shot down exterior work this weekend, did manage to get some trim made up for foundation vents.  Discover a major drawback to my gutterless roof...when the snow starts to melt on the roof I cannot work under the eaves installing the siding...it was like working under a waterfall!  The day before this snow fell I was making some real progress placing siding on the gable, after snow fell it was an ice skating rink on that roof...better left to another day!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 24, 2011, 11:41:32 AM
Too busy working on house, hence no posts lately.  As mentioned in early post, had planned to have exterior complete and dry wall up by end of October.  So much for planning!  Electrician has one more day on rough-in and insulation scheduled to begin next week.  Dry wall sub already staging and ready to follow on heals of insulation.  I have about a third of siding on and it looks like at least a week of clear weather in the pipeline.  Garage door scheduled to go on December 16...then it's close up and I am out of here till next spring.

Mason's crew finished rock veneer around porch yesterday...rain, snow or shine this crew was amazing!!!

Have plenty of photos to post when time permits.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on November 24, 2011, 04:12:45 PM
Wow, you did have winter!  Amazed at how fast you've gotten that house so far.  Are you only going to stay there in the summer or will you eventually live there?  Looking forward to seeing more pics  :)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 27, 2011, 08:35:49 PM
Wow, you did have winter!  Amazed at how fast you've gotten that house so far.  Are you only going to stay there in the summer or will you eventually live there?  Looking forward to seeing more pics  :)

This will become our full-time residence.

A couple of photos to update the shingle siding work...first the south facing gable over porch...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4021/34838748184_7b52ffd0d1_o_d.jpg)

and then got the north gable complete in between snow storms...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4103/35549360771_fb02337ea0_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 27, 2011, 08:53:31 PM
Walking up the hill after breakfast the other morning and noticed this picture presented a bit of Truckee history...

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The gazebo looking structure on the left is a replica of the orginal museum that housed McGlashen's famous butterfly collection that is now in the Donner State Park museum.  If you look to the right, my project is now a part of the scene.

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 27, 2011, 08:58:58 PM
More siding goes up...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4030/34838742834_5a201d323d_o_d.jpg)

And my new shop gets a workout early in the game...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4076/35679510875_a4118f0aa2_o_d.jpg)

The front stair stringers and post go in...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4131/34870564753_34fe91d9ae_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 27, 2011, 09:08:36 PM
First stone in place for rock veneer under porch...

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Then it's time to batten down the hatches for the next storm...

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And the finished product...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on November 28, 2011, 12:06:49 AM
I really like the rock work, that is a real plus!  It adds a great deal to your home.  We love that area!  Hope you get settled in soon and enjoy the house. 

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on November 28, 2011, 08:08:40 PM
That siding looks really sharp, I also really like the stone work.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on November 30, 2011, 01:05:11 PM
Have always loved shingle siding & the rockwork looks fantastic!  Your place is really coming along nicely...  all your neighbors are gonna be jealous  ;D
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: cbc58 on December 02, 2011, 09:21:22 AM
add another compliment on the shingle siding and stone work... beautiful...
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: metolent on December 02, 2011, 10:26:45 AM
Indeed, that stone work and siding look incredible...  really, really nice....   [cool]
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 07, 2011, 06:16:42 AM
Thanks for all the compliments...really pumps up the spirit when the body is beginning to drag from the current all out pace!!!  The long dry spell in weather has really helped, but it sure has been cold.  Got the ceiling on the porch, the beadboard adds to the "old world" look...first came the sheet rock to meet new fire code...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4047/34838752394_c33cdeebd5_o_d.jpg)

Then finished ceiling...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4281/34838752264_cc095961c1_o_d.jpg)

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 07, 2011, 06:26:27 AM
Drywall crew hard at it on interior...

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Decided I would take advantage of that  heater and move inside for priming of porch rail posts...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 09, 2011, 07:32:03 PM
Porch deck going down...when cleaning up this evening noticed the full moon really looks out of this world from the new porch...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4258/35549358921_a4bfcf4186_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 15, 2011, 03:21:21 AM
Porch decks are complete and working like mad on siding.  Drywall scheduled for completion in few more days and garage door installation scheduled for today.  Just about ready to shut down for winter.

Front porch...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4279/35292602210_b1741c882f_o_d.jpg)

Future screened porch off laundry or "Catio", porch for the cats...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4283/35292608230_293a5e8516_o_d.jpg)

Completed siding east side of garage...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4210/35292604760_c6f18af3a5_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 16, 2011, 06:19:41 AM
Garage door in...one more item checked off...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4240/34870566713_b928444c93_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on December 16, 2011, 06:53:30 AM
Just love how your place is looking - great style!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: UK4X4 on December 16, 2011, 08:47:03 AM
looks great !

what decking is on your catio ?- love the color

is the garage door an up and over ?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: metolent on December 16, 2011, 11:20:53 AM
I agree with Sassy ... your place is beautiful... love that garage door!  I consistently look forward to your updates to see what the next thing to be finished looks like... and I'm never disappointed. 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 16, 2011, 06:19:09 PM
looks great !

what decking is on your catio ?- love the color

is the garage door an up and over ?

All the decking is western red cedar with Sherman-Williams Deckscape stain in cedar bark color.

The garage door is up and over manufactured by Carriage House Doors and of course it is fire rated in compliance with our new wildland fire codes (cedar faced).

As always thanks to all for the positive feedback!!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 17, 2011, 05:03:39 AM
More progress...railing for front porch and stairs complete...

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Unfortunately new code requirement on railing height doesn't do a lot for view when sitting...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4282/34870553273_e736d49fc7_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: duncanshannon on December 17, 2011, 05:08:11 AM
this is one of my favorite projects to follow.... awesome looking place so far. keep the updates coming!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 27, 2011, 03:12:35 PM
Two days before Christmas I ran out of gas and decided that was it for the year, badly need a break.  The interior is taped and textured, ready for primer.  Exterior siding about 90 percent complete and rest can wait till spring!

Can't wait to sit here and eat lunch when work resumes next spring...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4023/35292599660_8447630fed_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on December 28, 2011, 08:32:52 AM
You had a pretty good run at it, place looks amazing.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: altaoaks on January 30, 2012, 09:22:04 PM
It is really looking fabulous!  love the deck, and if the garage doors are missing, you might come check on my property! :-\ c*
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Barry Broome on January 31, 2012, 04:22:32 AM
Beautiful home! When can I move in?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on March 07, 2012, 11:15:53 AM
Spending winter in hunter/gather mode building an inventory of materials for the next big buildout come spring.  Found a good on-line buy of airless spray rig to tackle all that interior painting...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4216/35549360611_59b9fd8e71_o_d.jpg)

Also made a mockup of proposed door trim for interior designer... would have been a lot easier if all my tools weren't a 3-hour drive away...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4209/35292606340_a7afaf92a6_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 22, 2012, 05:08:02 AM
Winter vacation over, time to get back to work!  First order of business to install front entry lights that wife (designer/boss) has been staring at all winter.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4051/34870556173_b5b897d1fa_o_d.jpg)

Helps to have a helping hand from the boss...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4283/35549363631_2aa2879029_o_d.jpg)

Then it's time for a little celebration...and some more pressure, when are you going to finish those shingles?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4216/34870556063_652392e82b_o_d.jpg)

And finally, nothing would be complete without a picture of granddaughter and her friend enjoying those new front steps...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4098/35549392131_0a0c60c59f_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on April 23, 2012, 08:31:46 AM
I know I've said it before and I will continue to say it, your place looks fantastic and is a big inspiration for me. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 26, 2012, 07:15:37 AM
Pmichelsen, thanks for the compliments!  Decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather (considering it was snowing a week ago) and put some more effort into finishing the shingle siding.  Almost complete, perhaps two or three more days...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on April 26, 2012, 07:57:07 AM
Shingling is such a tedious task, but well worth it in the end. We have shingled all of the cabins on our property and mine will be no different.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Sassy on April 27, 2012, 06:57:39 AM
Just love your house!  Love the shingles, doors, windows, etc etc.  You've done a lovely job  :)  Did I tell you I love it?   c*
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 08, 2012, 12:35:28 PM
Well almost done with siding...under estimated by 65 sq. ft. and that little error would cost me an extra $450 for special handling and freight if I were to go back to orginal pre-finish supplier...so ordered from local distributor and will do my own finish.  Lesson learned!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 20, 2012, 09:53:42 AM
Finished the siding...even the infamous gas meter shed.  Could have build a real garden shed for the time and money I have in that thing!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4032/35292602820_d7c0a2c7f4_o_d.jpg)

Now it is time to move on to the interior painting...set up scaffolding for beams and ceiling in loft area.  Some sanding and a conditioner on the beams, then wrap to protect from the spraying operation.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4208/34870555603_69d94f4f95_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 05, 2012, 04:42:21 AM
First full day on job site after a few weeks off.  Rain and snow, sure was nice to be working inside.

After unloading materials and finishing up a few odds and ends it was time to stop procrastinating and start sanding those beams.  Of all the tasks in building, I dislike sanding more than anything...3/4's done with one beam and two more to go.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 09, 2012, 08:52:56 AM
Check another item off the list...final sewer inspection

First comes the air test

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4024/34870550023_24922476ca_o_d.jpg)

Plug downstream

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Verification by inspector

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And then run TV camera through lateral to the main in street

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Finally approval to remove seal cap and hook up house...now I can install a real toilet

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4070/34870549873_d1e2cc6c44_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 15, 2012, 02:02:51 PM
Finally, beams sanded and wrap in place to protect from painting.  Took four days sanding and another day to clean up the mess.  There is a lot of wood in those beams and as pictured below...it is a long way up there!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4099/34838750874_761229694f_o_d.jpg)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 08, 2012, 01:37:29 PM
38 gallons of primer on the interior and the first round of painting complete...13 gallons of finish on with about 40 more gallons to full completion.  Primer makes for a lot of white!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4067/34870553523_b87699d002_o_d.jpg)

First real indoor plumbing up and running...no more walking down the street to use facilities at son's house.

The "throne"...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 05, 2012, 06:39:58 AM
Except for trim to come later, all the exterior and interior painting is now complete.  Hard to believe that this house has consumed 120 galons of paint and stain.

Finished beams...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4207/35292603110_1ac2a79319_o_d.jpg)

Now it is time to get busy on the surrounds for the four gas fireplace units (sole source of heat).

Living Room...

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Kitchen...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4081/34838758374_e7e88d1ff7_o_d.jpg)

Master Bedroom...

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2nd Bedroom...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on August 07, 2012, 08:49:07 PM
  Hard to believe that this house has consumed 120 gallons of paint and stain.


It becomes easy to understand why contractors buy paint in 5 gallon pails....

Looking nice  :)


I think Karen & I will need to make another trip to CA next June.   :)
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on August 08, 2012, 09:24:55 AM
Are you using natural gas or propane? 

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 09, 2012, 05:31:39 AM
Mountaindon...Thanks for comment and yes those 5 gallon paint buckets stack up!

Rick...fourtunately we have natural gas at this site, came to town about 12 years ago.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 12, 2012, 03:58:59 PM
Making some progress on fireplace surrounds...living room about 2/3rds framed...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 20, 2012, 05:37:48 AM
3 fireplaces down and one to go before ready for mechanical inspection.  After inspection I can install plywood and prepare for stone work...

Living Room

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Master Bedroom

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Kitchen

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Start of layout for beam end profile for Corbels on living room fireplace...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 22, 2012, 07:11:42 AM
Cannot believe a month has gone by since last post and yet it seems I hardly have any progress worthy of a picture.  Finally closing in on completion of fireplace surrounds in preparation for stone work.  Got held up for a week because inspector went off on a tangent during the mechanical inspection.  Approved the mechanical and was just about to leave when he decided the gas appliance valve (provided and installed in access compartment by unit manufacture) was not accesible enough in an emergency.   He wanted me to install a log lighter type valve within 6 feet of the upstream side of the unit.  Tried to explain that this is a "service" valve used to work on appliance without the need to shut gas off to the entire building, it is not an emergency shutoff valve.  The valve at the gas meter serves as the emergency shutoff.

Now I am held up completing the enclosures until this is resolved, so I contact Chief Building Official and ask him to render a realistic decision.  He comes out, looks at installation and I show him how easy it is to turn off gas and he says he agrees it is not an "emergency" shutoff, but he is still not sure about accessibility and has to go back and read code (this as after I gave him a direct quote of the code in an E-mail).  Finally he gets back to me and states code says it has to be "accessible" it does not use the wording "readily accessible"; therefore, he will pass...but I still have to demonstrate it is accessible at the time of final inspection (what ever that means).  I discussed this with the dealer and they said they have installed hundreds of these units in this area and this has never come up before...they questioned how accessible the valve is on gas stove or dryer!  Anyway the piping is now buried in the surround and will soon be buried under rock!!!

Gas meter has been installed and fireplaces all fired up.  Electrical panel complete and about 80 percent complete on electrical terminations, permanent lighting installed in garage and shop, temporary lights hung throughout interior  Several  meetings with cabinet shop, meeting with tile supplier, trips to rock yard for choices on fireplace surrounds, and meetings and decisions on appliances.  Put down epoxy coating on garage and shop floors and set up temporary steel racks in shop to get tools and materials off of floor.  Wood flooring has been delivered and sitting in one of bedrooms climatizing.

Just need to install and paint trim on fireplace surrounds in area of rock work and then it's on to waterproofing showers and my second to last inspection...the shower pan test.

Guess I have been doing something!!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 07, 2012, 02:32:09 PM
Spent a ton of time terminating electrical (plugs, switches, smoke/CO alarms, etc.), gathering materials, visits to tile supplier, installling doors, etc.  Met with steel fabricator on design of hand rail for front porch stairs...as usual, new building codes making this anything but simple.  Requirement for extension of rail beyond top and lower stair tread make this one ugly accessory.  May have to go back to building official and argue my case...soon they will tire of me questioning code interpretations.

Been receiving some pressure to hang the better half's prize...antique chandler someone pilaged from a French chateau...it's up!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 20, 2012, 07:05:34 AM
This summer I had the opportunity to attend a training class put on by the Schluter Corp at their Western Regional Distribution Center in Reno, NV.  They make Kerdi water proofing membrane, Ditra underlayment and many other products for the tile industry.  While their product prices may be a bit on the high side for the average DIYer, the quality and bomb-proof solutions they offer can't be beat.  Needless to say I am sold and using these products on my project.

First test was building a shower bench using Schluter Kerdi Board, beginning to end in one hour.  All starts with layout and using a table saw for all cutting...

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Assemble the parts and glue together with tile thinset and Kerdi-Fix adhesive...

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End product, since Kerdi Board already has waterproof membrane finish, the bench is about 90 percent waterproof...only requires Kerdi Band on edges to complete...

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Also used the board to finish off shower niche...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 20, 2012, 07:16:16 AM
I have two showers that I want to be 100 percent water proof and as mentioned in my previous post, using Kerdi membrane by Schluter Corp.  Installation takes a bit longer than other water-proofing methods, like hanging wallpaper using unmodified thinset.  Here is the result on wall and niche...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 04, 2012, 11:31:50 AM
One problem with being an owner-builder is that the permit process might not allow enought time for completion within the normal term of the permit.  My permit's two year term expires the first week of Janary 2013 and as I look at the number of details to complete between now and then it's overwhelming!  So why kill yourself...went down to the building department and talked them into a two year extension.  Of couse it cost me $550 and the wife said I better not take that long.

Been a busy two weeks with delivery of appliances, and start of cabinets and rock work on fireplaces.

Cabinet install...

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Living Room fireplace...

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Master Bedroom fireplace

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 11, 2012, 12:50:23 PM
Rock work finished on two of the fireplaces (kitchen will have to wait until counter top in place).

Living Room arch...

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Rock fnished in Living Room...

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Master Bedroom...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 11, 2012, 12:59:55 PM
With the exception of some crown molding, toe kick trim and adjustments, cabinets are all in.

Kitchen south wall...

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West wall...

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North wall...

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Coffee Bar and China Hutch, north wall...

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Pantry...

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Laundry...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: nathan.principe on November 12, 2012, 08:18:20 AM
Very nice stonework! Ive always admired craftsman who can manipulate the stone so perfectly to achieve "dry joints".  Is that a pizza oven in teh kitchen?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 13, 2012, 08:25:06 AM
Thanks...there was a lot of cutting and chipping to fit the stone.  While cutting was done outside, all the chipping was done inside.  Fortunately no windows got broken, but I am sure there will be a few dings in the walls to touch up.

No pizza oven, that is a gas fireplace unit to take chill off morning coffee.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 25, 2012, 09:39:00 AM
Last of the major projects...stairs to the loft over porch.  Access to the loft has been a design challenge from day one,  minimizing the impact on floor area was overall consideration.  Building a complex stairway was not something I felt qualified to tackle, so turned design and construction over to the experts...

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Foundation in, center pole and landing...

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Loft railing...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: germangirl on November 26, 2012, 03:46:17 PM
Such a gorgeous place you have there! I may have missed it but are you heating the home with all those fireplaces? Thank you for including all of the pictures. It sure is cozy and inviting!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 27, 2012, 06:33:16 AM
Germangirl, correct sole heat will be the four gas fireplace units.  These units are quite efficient and allow for heating only occupied zones (each unit has a separate thermostat).  Installed two of these in a house down the street and very comfortable in 1900 sq. ft.  Fired up the living room unit while installing stairs (20 degrees outside and no heat in building overnight) and in 30 minutes everyone was working in shirt sleeves.  In 45 minutes had to shut unit off.

Getting ready to shutdown project for winter.  Some iron balusters glued in place to support railing, other 118 will have to wait until finish is on the wood...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on December 17, 2012, 05:51:07 AM
Completed one more detail before year's end...steel hand rails for front porch stairs.  Now we are "code compliant"!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 22, 2013, 07:32:37 AM
Back at it after long Winter layoff.  Sure are a lot of little details in building a house.  Just finished installing knobs and pulls on the kitchen cabinets.

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Rockler Products offers a simple template and center punch that makes this process a bit less painful!

Also installed plumbing fixtures to insure all was in in working order before counter tops go on sometime next month.  In spite of the fact I will have to take it all apart, better to find problems now (which there were a few) before counter tops limited access. 

Spending time mocking up proposed trim around fireplaces...

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Finally a bit of decoration for the 4th of July.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on June 22, 2013, 08:26:46 AM
Have not been to your site in a long time.  WOW!

Cabinets?  Did you make them?  Love your pulls.

Your staircase is not to shabby either......

I was through there a couple months ago.  Thought about driving around and see if I could find your build.  I had to be over at Yuba City to pick up bees at 3:30 PM and I was way early about 9:00.  But I stopped a Cabellas instead... ;)   
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 23, 2013, 06:30:31 AM
Rick,

Thanks...no I did not do cabinets, felt (or should say wife felt) those where best left to professionals.  Interior Wood Design in Auburn, California did the work.  Stair case also
done by pros, Sierra Stairs in Loomis, California.

Wife took some time deciding on cabinet pulls and knobs so she will appreciate the fact that others might like the result.

The house is just two blocks up the hill from main street (Donner Pass Road) in old town Truckee, so don't hesitate to stop by when in the area.

I too often drop a few coins at Cabellas while traveling to and from Reno!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 02, 2013, 01:34:35 PM
Finish on the stair case and railing, three coats of Tung Oil did a nice job on the walnut...now just install balance of iron work and one more item checked off the list.

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Wrapping up fireplace trim, paint and that too can be checked off!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 11, 2013, 03:44:44 PM
Time to start tile work...in the old days laying tile over plywood started with putting down cement board, but thanks to Schulter Corporation we now have an easy to install substrate.  Ditra mat installs with ease and makes for a bomb-proof setting bed.

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Just mix up a batch of "modified" thin set.  Always use modified to attach Ditra to plywood.

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Burn the thin set in.

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Run over with notched trowel.

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Lay down the Ditra mat, press firmly into thin set and work flat from center to edges with a wood float.

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Finished product ready for tile.

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The fabric backing bonds to thinset like a glove.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 17, 2013, 06:01:17 AM
One tile project down, counter top over Ditra shown earlier...only 500 sq. ft. of tile left!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 24, 2013, 12:03:58 PM
Finally...counter tops installed...

Travertine  in kitchen...

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Used same material for kitchen window sills...

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and pass-thru to dinning room

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Marble in pantry...

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and master bath...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 25, 2013, 09:34:46 PM
Iron work complete...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 30, 2013, 05:05:24 PM
Finishing touch...kitchen fireplace

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View from entry looking through dinning room/kitchen pass-thru...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 19, 2013, 06:37:30 AM
Passed last inspection before the final, shower pan test...Schulter systems makes the process bomb proof, held 25 gallons of water for two days without loss of one drop!

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 20, 2013, 04:46:32 AM
It's tile time... one shower floor down...

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The wife always likes a creature feature in the kitchen backsplash, had this guy left over from a previous project...

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This machine will get a real workout on this project...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on August 20, 2013, 05:14:43 AM
Wow the tile saw is something I dream about!!!  They are so nice and so much better than anything we have used.   [cool] COOL TOOL!!! MAN COOL TOOL!!! 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on August 20, 2013, 05:23:13 AM
Nice saw setup. My tile cutting has always involved getting sprayed / wet and having water running down my driveway.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: UK4X4 on August 20, 2013, 09:48:53 AM
mmmm tile saaawwww

I've always had to score hope and hit !

Nice stair case by the way !
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 23, 2013, 06:15:24 AM
That tile saw set up was one of the best tool investments todate and the saw shack allows working inside with no mess, with no need to constantly set up and disassemble as when working outside!!!  There are a number of complex cuts on this job and a good saw makes life so much better.

Flooring off and rolling...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on September 10, 2013, 07:41:09 AM
Tile, tile and more tile...put sealer on kitchen backsplash and checked one more item off the list

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Seems like I have been stuck in the first of two showers for weeks now...just so McDonald's doesn't have one over me have created my own "golden arches", which I felt required a form to get everything in the right place...

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Finished product right after grout

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Another tool every tilt setter should have to cut and polish those odd cuts...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: pmichelsen on September 11, 2013, 05:24:57 AM
Each set of pictures is even more amazing than the last. I can only hope the finishes in my place are half as good as yours.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 03, 2013, 07:17:30 AM
Finished shower tile on to the floors!

Bath #2 after grout dried (tumbled marble)...

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Master bath (polished Carrara marble)...

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Kirdi-Board shower bench...

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A sea of orange as Ditra uncoupling membrane goes on master bath floor...

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Layout of tile (honed Carrara marble, 2 inch hex pattern) to determine best cuts and edge treatment...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 14, 2013, 07:15:44 AM
Bouncing around trying to finish items before carpet installation in bedrooms.  Just finished master bathroom floor tile and now trying to wrap up fireplace cabinet in second bedroom.  Face frame built for fireplace cabinet...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: mwhutch on October 14, 2013, 04:33:21 PM
Your house looks amazing! [cool] If you dont mind me asking what does your corner kitchen sink and cabinet measure? Did you make it yourself or did you have them made? We are putting in a corner sink, but I didn't think there would be enough room for more than a 24-25" wide sink. Also do you like working with ditra and kerdi, and where do you buy it from? Thanks so much for your time!
-Marcy
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 17, 2013, 09:17:05 AM
The sink is 30 inches wide and the counters are standard depth.  To avoid wasted space in the corner behind the sink I designed the inset with small pull out cabinet faces on each side.  These units where custom built by a local shop.

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I am sold on the Schulter products, both Kerdi and Ditra are a snap to work with.  Laying tile over Ditra for floors and counter tops makes the job so much easier.  However, they are expensive products, but the German quality is unbeatable!  Their products are available at most large tile suppliers and even some of the big box stores.  Also, remember you get waterproofing and uncoupling with these products...something you don't get with most tile underlayment.  Recently, I was about to order some Schulter metal profiles for tile edge treatment and discover a similar product carried by a local box store at less than half the cost.  Wasn't entirely sold on the quality of the box store product and when the Schulter product arrived I saw why, it was 100 times better.

Had I known about Kerdi-Board before installing the cement board on the shower enclosures that would have saved both money and all the work of installing the Kerdi membrane.  Kerdi-Board already has the waterproof surface and all you have to do is seal the joints with Kerdi-Band.  I was able to use Kerdi-Board for the shower bench and soap/shampoo niches. 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 17, 2013, 10:15:51 AM
Primer on bedroom #2 fireplace, a couple of coats of finish and that will be done!  Well almost, doors on bottom, crown molding, and some exterior shelves on the sides will come later.

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Master bath floor complete, toilet installed so I can remove toilet in 2nd bath to begin floor tile.  Tub positioned for future install after bead board wainscot installed behind tub.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 20, 2013, 06:32:05 PM
Jig saw puzzle anyone?  Laying out this Versailles tile pattern can be interesting.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 28, 2013, 11:49:59 AM
Floor coverings almost complete, so won't have to look at the subflooring anymore.   Master bedroom carpet...

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Guest bedroom...

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The design team beat me up and convinced me leopard carpet would be just the ticket in my loft office, so now we are calling it the Serengeti room...

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Laundry room tile floor...

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Coat closet off the mud room has an access hatch to reach water system drain valves and I wanted it to blend in with surrounding floor.  Used metal edge profile to set tile against...

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Finished product...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on October 28, 2013, 11:55:29 AM
"Snow Day"   I needed a break anyway!  Didn't stop Mr. Jay from begging for his morning peanut...

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First snow of the season for Lake Tahoe...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 21, 2013, 01:41:30 PM
Another snow day, time to sort out progress.  Finished up cabinet toe-kicks and bases...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on November 30, 2013, 07:35:25 AM
Starting to wrap up!  Kitchen finished...

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Laundry room (almost)...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on March 05, 2014, 03:25:33 PM
If we're not going to have winter in Northern California might as well work on house.

Put in some time installing interior doors.  Mud Room: coat closet on left, left center is weather-stripped water heater closet (takes combustion air from outside), right center is bath #2, and right is fire door to garage (self-closing and weather-stripped)...

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Pocket doors in pantry and master bath...

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Bi-Fold closet doors in master bedroom (got to love that Johnson hardware for these doors)...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on March 08, 2014, 10:50:42 AM
Putting up light fixtures is something we don't give too much thought to when it's one or two...but a whole house full can chew up some serious time.  Would hate to pay an electrician for this work!  The Chinese manufactures (try and buy one not made in China) have managed to design fixtures that make the electrical work next to impossible.

Master bath, bath #2 and hall...

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Finally getting into the fun stuff, trim work. Mock up of window stools and gluing up stool assembly...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on March 21, 2014, 06:36:32 PM
Will soon be back to tile mode so started to lay out backsplash pattern...

Laundry sink and bath #2 sink:

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on March 22, 2014, 04:33:16 AM
I am so enjoying your build.  You are going so way above and beyond.  Love that area as well. 

 

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on March 23, 2014, 06:43:22 AM
Well Rick, to go further beyond... custom milling some window stools:

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The mill set up, it took four four different bits to make final product ...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 29, 2014, 06:42:27 AM
Working on a bunch of not so exciting details, installing light fixtures, cabinet knobs and the beginning of door trim/baseboard inside water heater closet.  Waiting for it to warm up a bit to begin some trim and door painting.  Hung some wall items for wife as the house begins to take on its French Country feel.  Also set up beds in bedroom #2.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 10, 2014, 09:11:03 AM
End almost in sight...installed gas water heater

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Note the required inlet surge tank tucked behind

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Finished tile back splash and sink install Bath #2.  All the compression fittings drove me nuts trying to stop small leaks.  That finishes one bathroom

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Next up is tub install in Master Bath.  Put up wainscot behind tub, just needs chair rail and paint

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All the window stools installed and painted

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And best of all installed my coffee machine so I can now enjoy a morning cup on the front porch

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: metolent on June 17, 2014, 02:44:47 PM
Beautiful! 

Which built-in espresso machine did you go with?  I'm currently redoing the kitchen and am contemplating a built-in perhaps a Dacor? 

I have two Gaggia super-automatics right now that I love, but they are both freestanding units.    Speaking of which, I think it's c*

matt
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 20, 2014, 06:19:41 PM
This coffee unit is a Meile that has been in service for 8 years with no problems.  Moved it from house that we are selling because don't like the look of the current models...too high tech for look of new house. 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 21, 2014, 10:47:22 AM
Every good project eventually comes to an ending point.  Passed the final inspection with flying colors and ready to move in.  Four years seems like a long time to build a house but as most know there are a lot of things that go into building.  Last big thing was installing the bath tub and best of all trying it out!  Thanks to all for positive feedback over the years and good luck on your next project.

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on June 21, 2014, 10:54:14 AM
Sir just because your project comes to an end and they all must or so I have been told.  (Banker and building inspector)  Hey that does not give you licence to abandon us nor orphan us.  Dang you can at least drop in once a week and say Hi!!!.  By the way beautiful looking digs man.  [cool] 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: John Raabe on June 22, 2014, 01:25:19 PM
Thanks for keeping us up to date on your fine project. Congrats on a job well done.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 29, 2014, 05:29:08 AM
DIYers don't need no truck!

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You would think that after a total remodel on one house and complete construction of another, I would breakdown and buy a decent construction vehicle...amazing what I can haul on the poor old jeep.  Fortunately it was only five blocks from the lumber yard to job site for this load.

That's 800 feet of trim to paint and install when I thought I was almost finished!!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on January 13, 2015, 10:04:31 AM
Well almost done...but not quite yet!  Beside all the baseboard and door casing there's this little issue of the door headers, all 18 of them.  Started out with milling of the edges and cutting the various pieces:

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Then comes assembly:

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And then the installed finished product:

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on January 13, 2015, 10:23:37 AM
Hey, those are looking very nice!!

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: UK4X4 on January 14, 2015, 04:21:12 AM
Makes my trim standard look like something a neanderthal built with a flint axe.

Do they sell MDF curves ? or did you make those ?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on January 14, 2015, 07:37:29 AM
The MDF curved pieces are crown moulding from Kelleher Corporation, this is their Contemporary line and comes in 5-5/8 or 7-1/4 inch widths (5-5/8 used here).  I looked at the possibility of using a moulding knife set in the table saw to make my own...decided the time, cost, and all that sawdust was more than I wanted to take on.  16-foot lengths special ordered at local lumber yard ran $1.60 L.F.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on January 14, 2015, 02:50:06 PM
The MDF curved pieces are crown moulding from Kelleher Corporation, this is their Contemporary line and comes in 5-5/8 or 7-1/4 inch widths (5-5/8 used here).  I looked at the possibility of using a moulding knife set in the table saw to make my own...decided the time, cost, and all that sawdust was more than I wanted to take on.  16-foot lengths special ordered at local lumber yard ran $1.60 L.F.

I think that was a huge good decision.....  $1.60 L.F. against a dumpster full of MDF Dust.   :D I sort of don't like that stuff very well milling it.  There is always also some residual dust it seem no matter how good the dust collector is even in the big cabinet shop of a friend. 
   
 
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on January 18, 2015, 05:44:18 AM
With respect to dust, we should all be more aware of how unhealthy wood working can be...especially when working with MDF.
Since I wear glasses, fogging up is a problem when wearing a dust mask, so I began using a air hood as personal protective gear...

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Even with individual machines connected to a dust collection unit, there is still the problem of all the fine dust on everything in the shop, hopefully my newest addition will help...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: rick91351 on January 18, 2015, 08:31:42 AM
Those are a very nice unit.  Stuff like that use to be looked at as a pure luxury.  Now days as we become more and more aware of lung and respiratory damage hardly a luxury. 

I forgot to compliment you by the way.  WOW great job!!! on the door ways!!!  [cool]
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on February 09, 2015, 01:55:56 PM
If you have the time and proper tools DIY cabinets can save a ton of dollars; however, if time is an issue a production shop can significantly beat the DIY route.  Scheduling and not wanting to kill myself forced me into using a professional shop for a majority of my cabinet work.  I did hold out some pieces...this unit for the pantry was in the original bid at five times the cost of what I have in just the material...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on April 04, 2015, 05:51:07 AM
Finally finished the pantry: cabinet, counter top, back splash and shelving.

Cutting shelf brackets...

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Rough cut with band saw...

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Finish cut with router...

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End result...

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Completed pantry...

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Savvy on May 16, 2015, 11:10:27 AM
Greetings,
Your home looks GREAT!
I'm beginning to rehab a '70s A-frame ( 24' x36', 9' side walls 20' front and back), at Tahoe. (live in Berkeley)
Doing most work by myself.....with supervisor wife :)
I'll be adding 2' Rmax foam to the exterior on top of TyveK and replacing the original single pane front wood framed trapezoid windows in the gables, single pane aluminum windows and sliding doors. Which Milgard line did you choose (Tuscany?)
Looking at placing the prestained shingle panels, as well.
Who was your dealer for those?

I'm looking at 9/16 stranded bamboo for the flooring, what did you choose?

And.....since it has not had gas service in the past....I, too, will be constructing a bomb-proof gas meter shed.

Cheers!

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 19, 2015, 05:25:34 AM
Where on lake are you located...south, west, east or north?  Yes the Milgard windows are Tuscany and after five years I have nothing but praise for their product.  The Pre-Stained Cedar panels came from Michigan PreStain and they now call themselves Cedar Shingles Direct...http://cedarshinglesdirect.com/.  They use a Sherman Williams stain that holds up well and coverage is excellent.  They ship to your door step.  These panels are manufactured by Cedar Valley located in Hollister, California and are available without stain through Meeks Lumber or Truckee Lumber Company.  I don't recommend trying to stain yourself...done that and found it was not worth the effort Vs small savings!

The flooring is a hand-scraped black walnut, solid 3/4 - inch.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Savvy on May 19, 2015, 12:14:44 PM
Thanks for the reply.
I bought a 1300 sqft "no title" tear down" in Incline Village, north side of Mt Rose Highway, near top of the hill.
It hadn't been occupied since '89.....but for the Bear Family...as in family Urisdae.
I know the "owners" well, and had been there when they first "bought" it in '77.
At that time it had an unobstructed view of the lake......40 years later it's now filtered.
Long story short, the deed was never recorded.
They couldn't sell in open market.
I bought it for a little more than your pre-construction cost (less your land cost of course).
Spent 18 months pursuing quiet title action.
Finally got it cleared.
Neighbors were hoping I tear it down and make a real house.
No way.....fixing and enjoying.
The Family Bear used the copper pipe and romex in the crawl space as their own jungle gyms and rope swings.
Last summer I replaced the pipe with PEX and repaired the wiring.
It was a 70s time capsule.....blue and orange shag, mustard appliances, walnut paneling.
Now that I found this site, I'll start my own story thread.

The shingle site sells two brands... your brand and Shakertown, made in Washington. Any reason you chose one over the other?
Rumor has it Shakertown 7" have built in rain drain in the back.

You have a beautiful home.
Cheers!!!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 20, 2015, 06:19:11 AM
Now that's a real project!

I have installed both Cedar Valley and Shakertown products and found the Cedar Valley to have a more realistic individual shingle appearance.  Cedar Valley has very good weather-resistive barrier between cedar and plywood backing, while not a true "rain-screen" this should be more than adequate in this California climate.  Shakertown may now use a similar approach.

The Cedar Valley Product has now been up for five years with no issues.  The Shakertown product has been up for eight years two blocks down the street, again no issues.

Main reason for choice of Cedar Valley was pre-finish vendor said they experienced too many problems with Shakertown product and would no longer carry same.  Don't recall what problems were.

Both shingle panel manufactures will send you samples so you can compare for yourself.

Good luck on your undertaking...look forward to seeing progress...take lots of pictures!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on May 22, 2015, 07:29:49 AM
Ok, time out for some curb appeal...boss said she wanted some trees to eventually block view of downtown roof top air handling equipment and one thing led to another...

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Did I mention that included installing some rock?

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Finished job...trees are in there somewhere...

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Must admit, big improvement over view of ten years ago...

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Now if those trees will just grow as much as the pine on the left and the apple tree that was removed to build house.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on August 05, 2015, 09:42:58 AM
Sometimes building a house becomes more like building furniture!  The boss had this concept for the pass-thru from dinning room to kitchen.  After many hours here's the finished product:

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My first attempt at building glass panel, the router got a real work out on this:

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: John Raabe on August 06, 2015, 10:13:00 AM
Nice looking finish work. Well executed vision.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on January 22, 2017, 12:03:22 PM
Nothing like a real winter to test your engineering design!  Wind design was 140 mph and Squaw Valley ski area nearby was reporting ridge-line gusts of 160 mph.  Snow load design is 175 pounds per foot and a lot of neighbors are up shoveling roofs on older structures.

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This is one way to get to the front door:

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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 28, 2017, 08:28:11 AM
Finish details seem to go on forever!  My live-in designer wanted some exterior details on porch.

Finials for stairway
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Then came knee braces on porch columns
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which does improve exterior when compared to three years ago
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Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: azgreg on June 28, 2017, 03:27:35 PM
What is going on with photobucket lately?
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on June 28, 2017, 03:37:39 PM
Uh-oh.  That photobucket business could spell trouble. Until this came up I was not aware but it seems that photobucket may be clamping down on free use when it comes to posting the image links to forums, blogs, etc. The bandwidth used every time an image is loaded to a forum page does cost them money and I know many folks do not subscribe to their service.
http://photobucket.com/p500/ (http://photobucket.com/p500/)

Maybe there are special reasons this popped here and now?  I have no idea as all my PB images work finehere and elsewhere.
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: MountainDon on June 28, 2017, 03:51:01 PM
Note:  to see the missing images ...
1... right click on the image and select "open in new window/tab" or
2... right click on the image, then select "copy image address". Paste that into a new window/tab and go to it and you can see the images on the members photobucket page.

Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on June 29, 2017, 04:22:13 AM
Well, guess that's it for Photobucket...they want $400 for an annual membership...not going to happen.  MountainDon's method works, but a lot of trouble to view photos.

When back to last post and tried a new host...so now pictures are back, but it is a lot of work to re-link and I hate to even think about redoing posts on the other nine pages!
Title: Re: New House Truckee, CA Historic District
Post by: Danfish on July 16, 2017, 05:48:13 AM
All photos have been re-linked to a new host, see how long that one lasts!

Finally finished the cabinet work for under eave storage in the loft area.

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