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This section shows pictures of the beginning of the 2nd floor construction. Be sure to visit the main page and see all the steps of construction and other details.
The 2nd floor is put in. This is the final floor, not a sub floor or temporary floor. As the roof was not put on for several months after this, the 2nd floor required sanding to get rid of mildew and crud. Over 1,000 screws were used to screw the floor in place.
Looking at the front of the house from the southeast side.
Another front view
Looking at the front of the house from the southwest side with the photographer standing in the driveway.
Here the start of the back porch begins. The porches had to be done at the same time as the 2nd floor was put in.
2nd Floor and porch
The 2nd floor can be seen here as the beams to the back porch go in. The porch roof beams will join in at this level and have to be done before any of the 2nd floor logs can be put up around the porch area.
Here is the chimney frame. On the outside of this will go tar paper and Florida field and stone masonry work. Note Clyde inside the chimney.
Here the beams to hold the front porch are put in place.
Back porch beams
Here the back porch has its posts and roof beams in place. The chimney frame has its tar-paper on.
Here the last logs beside the triangle windows go in place. The living room is a cathedral ceiling.
One of the sons of the owners helps lift logs from the living room up to the 2nd floor. Note the contraption being used to lift the logs. It was invented by Clyde to help lift the logs. Once again, the engine hoist/chain is being used.
More 2nd floor level logs get placed in the living room. Notice that the triangle windows are already installed. They are fixed windows that will not open. Picture is taken from the 2nd floor balcony. The triangle windows and the curved windows below required the use of a chainsaw to cut through the logs. Another contraption is being used to lift the logs. The big opening at the bottom is the fireplace opening and is a little over 6' high. The opening itself will not end up being that big and will be covered in by the fireplace workings and log facades as needed.
Rear window frame
The rear window frame for the 2nd floor north bedroom.
All logs are up
This shows all the logs completed. The next step is the installation of the roof support beams.
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