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August 7, 2007 - Construction has finally begun on the 2nd dome.This is the view from the main dome, through the utility room link.
Now, we are standing in the middle of the garage looking towards the front of the lot. The garage door walls have started to go in and you can see the 2x4s bracing those walls until the concrete dries.
August 18, 2007 - Finally, the 2 domes are completed! It would have been nice to have more pictures of this happening, but we were busy having a baby. The next step is to begin framing up the exterior walls and then stucco.
September 27, 2007 - It took more than a month, but the framers came back and began the task of putting up our walls. This is the front entrance. We will have 1 door with 2 sidelights and an elleptical transom. It was ordered a week earlier but probably won't be here for another 4 weeks or so. I can't wait to see it in place!

To the left is the rear wall that will have steel french doors leading from the kitchen into the back yard. There will be a horizontal sliding window so I can look out into the play area one day while the little Sabin children are having a good time.

We anticipate spending another 3-4 weeks waiting for the framing to be done. The stucco is the next trade to begin working and we still have to hire the company who will do the job. And of course, we haven't been able to get plumbing, electrical, or hvac estimates because the contractors around our area want to see the framing before they make a bid.
October 14, 2007 - As we've mentioned before, the 2nd floor is 'suspended' on threaded steel rods. This is a pretty good detail shot of the rod and the channel that is threaded onto it. The 2x8s rest in the channels and the floor is built on them. Eventually, load bearing walls are built up underneath the second floor, toward the middle of the house, to help out the suspension system.
This shot was taken from the approximate location of the stairs looking towards the back of the house. The wall that Bob is working on will separate the kitchen from the dining room. The other wall separates the living room from the dining room.
Finally, Bruce thought we needed another shot of both domes. I really like this photo he took, especially how the foreground and the background are so bright against the gray of the domes. The high-profile opening is for the front door and to the left you can sort of makeout the framing for the exterior french doors in the master bedroom.

 

 

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