Construction of the chapel indeed began on July 6, 2015 with a brief visit from our contractor and a first removal of some siding where the door of the chapel will go.
From that point, I was a little prepared for the hole that would ensue in our backyard in order to place the frost footings and foundation. A little more grass planting will need to happen than I was planning!
You need to go at least 42 inches down in Minnesota if you don't want your house to move after winter!
Next the concrete pouring began, and boy do the kids love to watch everything as it happens. Kind of a fun side benefit of the whole project.
Now on to laying the footings. Virtually all of this will be below ground.
Insulation is laid in preparation for the hydronic radiant heat installation (which is an extension of the radiant heat we have in the rest of the first floor).
All that dirt now goes back where it belongs and the radiant heat tubing can be installed (I remember installing the radiant heat tubing with Molly and my brother in the original house construction :-).
The concrete floor is then finished over the tubing (a tile floor will eventually be installed on the concrete when I do the interior work).
Which brings us to today, the start of framing! Previously for the main house we used Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) for the framing of the house (see here and here), and it's been a great choice. SIP's are very energy efficient and cost effective for a new house. However, for this small addition, the economy of scale just isn't there for the SIP's and it's more cost effective to go with 2x6 stick framing and spray foam insulation. The room itself is still going to be very energy efficient with the radiant heat and not as many windows as elsewhere in the house.
To walk into this unfinished space for the first time is truly exciting! It's going to be awesome.
Here you can see the siding cut off where the roof will intersect with the house.
Here is one of the roof trusses that will start being installed in the next couple days. This part is going to go very quickly!