Third level floor is up

A quick update with some pictures of the floor of our third level.

We were able to stand on the third floor, which will contain our living & dining room and kitchen, and see the views. They are more screened than we had hoped, but still very open feeling (felt a bit like a tree house). The roof-top deck will more likely have killer views. Here is a panorama of the views (stitched using my own technology shipped in Adobe Photoshop), and a close-up of the Ballard bridge that can been seen from a corner of our living room (unfortunately captured on a cloudy day).

Holy cantilever!

This past Tuesday Logan's Hammer shut down the street, brought in a big crane, and placed the large steel and wood beams that support the cantilevered third floor.

The first two floors, plus the support beams of the third floor, are mostly framed up! Here are a couple good images of the gravity defiance:

And the overall framing status:

It was pretty surreal to walk through some of the rooms and feel their size! Everything seems just the right size; not too small, but not big enough to waste space/money. I guess that's the benefit of working with experienced architects. You can see more framing pictures in the web gallery.

Framing Starts!

Our house is going up fast. These photos are from 8/10/2010 and show the state after the first day of framing, but today I actually walked through the first 2 floors of our house! Photos of that next week.

The first photo shows the front concrete walls with our house number. The stairs will be poured to the right of this wall towards the end of construction, to avoid finish damage. As you can see, this area of concrete is quite different from the rendering above; it was redesigned both during permitting and again after the grade surprise. I think the new wall and straight-run staircase is an improvement. There will be plants in the area in front of the house numbers.

The stairs will run straight up the incline in this photo.

Here's a good shoot of the rest of the first-floor framing. So far so good!

Concrete floors!

This post is already out of date, I'm afraid, my blogging isn't keeping up with construction! But for the last week or so we've had the slab of our ground floor!

There is radiant heat tubing in the floor, as well, but I was out of town and couldn't get the images before they were covered. You can see the end of the pex tubes, though.

I'll post more photos, soon, but they've already poured all the other site walls, and framing starts Monday!