Where's the house at now? Well, it has a total elevation of 4''.
While that may seem like a puny first step, it's pretty exciting for us. Our house has gone from a whimsical dream, to a concrete slab, and now, something you can actually trip over!
The strata of that 4'' goes like this:
Layer 1 - A thin foam sealer
Layer 2 - Sill plate: Pressure treated 2X6s wrenched tight to the concrete with the imbedded J bolts
Layer 3 - Base plate - plain old 2X6 lumber, which marks the beginning of our walls.
It was a tedious process getting everything cut and laid down. We had to double, triple and quadruple check ourselves, because any mistakes this early can cause real headache and heartache further down the line. To complicate things, our slab was poured slightly out of square, and a few J bolts were askew. The price you pay for getting a great price on a poured slab, I suppose.
Holding the plates down are some pretty substantial washers. They're required by code because of our earthquake-proneness. Those, combined with J bolts which are slightly too small, lead to us, well, Christy, spending the better part of today chiseling the washers in flush to the plates. Tedious work.
Over the couple of days we're going to draw all over the base plates. First, we'll mark where all the doors and windows will go. Off of those we can draw the trimmer, king and cripple studs associated with them. After that, we'll mark the rest of our studs from the corners in, making sure to stay at most 16'' on center, and land a stud at every seam of the 4' OSB that will eventually sheath the walls. We learned the importance of that from building the shop. The hard way, that is.
This way, the base plate will the serve as an easily-referenced road map for when walls start going up!
Soon soon soon.....