It may not come as a surprise—to those who know me, at least—that I'd made many changes during construction, and will likely continue to do so even after I've "finished" my home and moved in. Here's an overview of some of the bigger changes I made along the way.
Without question, the roof saw the biggest changes of the entire project. Even after I'd nearly finished framing the garage, I was still going to use my architect's "reversed facing shed roof" design (shown in Blueprint vs. As-Built). As I worked through the framing challenge in my head, I came to the conclusion that it would be more trouble than it was worth to build that way, and I switched to a simple gable roof with a 12:1 pitch, which was far easier to build. I was only going to use gable roofs on the top and bottom levels; the middle level would be a short shed roof, and I started building it that way, as seen in the 21 April 2017 photo below left, showing the header board and rafter hangers in place.
However, I began to sense that the shed roof didn't fit with the rest of the new roof lines. After making some pencil sketches, I confirmed that it looked odd, almost like a mistake. So, a week later I'd torn out what I'd started, and began building another 12:1 gable roof (above right), which nicely unified the appearance of the house.
As the sheathing started going on in late April, I began to get a good sense of the interior spaces; in particular, the foyer seemed dark and claustrophobic. Since it faced east-southeast, it was graced with lots of early morning sunlight, and on 8 May I was inspired to add a window, as seen below. I made it the same size as several of the other smaller windows in the house to (hopefully) save a little money.
Speaking of windows, the office originally had two; the remaining wall space would be occupied by a floor-to-ceiling bookcase. It didn't start bothering me until late July, after the sheathing finally went on that area (below left).
By late October, I'd decided to dispense with the tall bookcase, and punched out a third window (above right). I might not have done it, however, had it not been for the fact that a third window of exactly the same size as the others just happened to fit perfectly in the remaining space, with 1/2-inch to spare.
Many more changes, large and small, have been—and continue to be—made; see Chapter 9 and Reconsidering. I've also made hundreds of other tiny, subtle alterations that are not worth the bandwidth to document.
Look Ma, No Nails!
Incidentally, these changes would have been incredibly difficult had I not used screws to assemble everything. That's right, I've not used any nails. Screws make a structure stronger yet infinitely easier to modify if necessary. I've rebuilt some parts of the house three or more times.
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