Inside the Momplex, it's pretty exciting. The walls are finished and painted (thanks to you!) and we just can't wait to start finishing rooms out. We'll definitely be taking your advice and focus on a bathroom first.
But before we get to any of that, we decided to tackle the decks first. The big reason for this is with the walls completely finished out, moving things from unit to unit has become quite a task, involving going down stairs, out the garage, in the other garage, and back up the stairs ... just to move a tool through a wall! Multiply that by every single tool or piece of material, and you get the idea.
But if the front deck was done, we could simply walk out the front deck doors, across the deck and into the other unit's deck door.
And also if the front decks are done, we can set our tools up outside. You all know all about sawdust, so I'm sure you completely understand!
Just so we are all on the same page, here's a diagram (source) of the different deck parts.
Since last summer we invested the time in pouring the concrete foundation for the decks and already attached a ledger board to the Momplex and sided around it, we are two steps ahead of the game.
See the board attached to the Momplex? That's the ledger board.
We left the the concrete curing with J Bolts sticking out the top.
And I wrote: "And sometime next spring, we'll come back and build decks off these posts!"
Well, it's not spring, but that day has finally come!
The concrete cured up nicely, so all we have to do is attach a post base bracket to the bolt.
These are really nice because they are adjustable.
Grandpa Tim and our cousin Jared use the laser level to adjust all the post base brackets height to exactly the same height.
And then a string line is used to make sure they are all in line.
I really like the Ram's cross bracing!
Then it was just a matter of stacking up more rafters
By the end of the day, it was almost like you could just walk out the door on to the deck ....
But uh, not quite.
We still need to put decking on, add railings and stairs, and the end ledger board (we ran shy of materials)
But as is always the case with framing, a little bit of work feels like we've moved mountains!
While we were at it, we also framed up the front entry porches too.
Ready for decking!
Have you framed a deck? How did you build yours? What was the hardest part? We'd love to hear your side too!