Plans, drafting & design
THE small HOUSE CATALOG designed, drafted and built the little beach cottage, the Beekeeper's Bungalow, in Point Roberts, Washington. It was featured online and is available as a free building plan download.
The Beekeeper's Bungalow Takes Form
Here we can see the structure of the house really taking shape. We will attach dummy rafter tails later on...
Balloon Framing Detail
Here we can see a detail photo of the balloon framing used in building the Beekeeper's Bungalow.
Floor Joists and The Boss Cat
It seems like our construction site Cat, Penny, approves of the floor joist layout.
Installing a Stick Framed Roof Assembly
Here you can see the individual rafters being attached to the 32' LVL ridge beam.
Blessing the Beekeeper's Bungalow
Here's a photo showing the official name dedication for building the Beekeeper's Bungalow. The foundation is poured and setting up...we are about ready to start
The beekeeper might enjoy bees, but she is not too skilled at rendering their likeness in concrete and beach pebbles!
The crawlspace has been poured
A photo showing the completed concrete work on the crawlspace foundation, with our tiny house in the background. What a size difference!
Sealing the foundation with Non Toxic Barr from Chem Link
Here's a picture of me slowly painting on ChemLink's Barr foundation sealant.
Sealing the foundation deal
We are nearly done with sealing the crawl space foundation using ChemLink's Barr product to protect against hydrostatic pressure.
The foundation is sealed
Another photo of the newly sealed crawlspace foundation at the Beekeeper's Bungalow. We used non toxic Barr from Chemlink to do the job.
A little help from a large friend
Here is a photo showing us backfilling around the newly sealed foundation with gravel for good drainage. We brought in a lot of gravel and sand to make sure the foundation would stay nice and dry.
The crawlspace is poured, sealed and backfilled
The first photo of the completed crawlspace foundation of the Beekeeper's Bungalow. Time to build a house!
The subfloor is completed!
A photo of the completed foundation and fresh new subfloor of the Beekeeper's Bungalow.
Raising the walls
Here is the south wall of the Beekeeper's Bungalow, ready to raise in one fell swoop (with lots of friends to help!)
First Floor...Going Up
This photo shows the 32' north and south walls erected, and the beginning of the east wall frame up.
Balloon Framing Detail
A photo showing detail for a small house built using balloon frame construction technique
Gable end wall framing
A photo of the process of laying out and framing up the second floor gable end walls.
LVL ridge beam...
A photo of marking layout for attaching rafters to the 32' LVL ridge beam.
Raising the Ridge Beam
One of a series of photos detailing how two (small) people can raise a 32' LVL ridge beam into place by themselves...using hand built jigs
Raising the Ridge Beam
Another detail photo of the LVL being raised (using site built jigs) into place.
Continuing to raise the ridge beam
This photo shows how we lifted the LVL ridge beam into place using site built jigs, lifting one end at a time higher and higher...
The Ridge is Up!
This photo shows the ridge beam in place at long last...note how the sun has changed position along with the height of the beam.
Site Built Jigs for Ridge Beam Installation
This photo shows how we used simple site built jigs to slowly raise the extremely long and heavy LVL ridge beam into place using just two people and scrap 2 by material.
Framing the roof, one rafter at a time
This photo shows how we stick built the roof, attaching the hand cut rafters to the ridge beam one at a time.
The rafters are installed
This photo shows all of the rafters installed on our stick built roof. Next step is to frame in the south facing dormer.
Can you pick out the dormer?
Here is a photo of the roof rafters from the inside, you can see the dormer framed in as well.
Framing in the dormer
Here's a picture of the small south facing dormer being framed in.
Sheathing the roof from the inside
Here's a photo of Shawn sheathing the roof in plywood from the inside. We found this technique worked really well for the two of us working together.
Building the Barge Rafters
A photo showing how we sanded, primed and painted the barge rafters on the ground before installing in order to save us doing detail work at height on a ladder.
Trimmed and Painted Barge Rafters
Here's a photo of the West facing barge rafters. They are sanded, primed, painted and installed.
Riding the Bungalow
Here's a fun photo of Shawn riding the bungalow (and doing some roof sheathing at the same time).
This photo shows the small south facing dormer peeking out of the roof...
The Beekeeper's Bungalow from the South East
Here's a photo of the house nearly framed in completion. Time for some doors and windows
This photo shows the footings poured with fresh concrete...waiting to set.
Lots of metal goes into a foundation
This photo shows the rebar in place as we prepare for approval to pour the crawlspace foundation of the Beekeeper's Bungalow.
Now comes the fun part
Here is a photo of me enjoying the solidification of the concrete at the Beekeeper's Bungalow jobsite.
The concrete sets along with the sun
The photo shows the exterior drainage being readied for installation while the freshly poured concrete cures.
Sunset over the dummy rafter tails
Here's a photo of Shawn using the last of the summer sun to install dummy rafter tails - so called because they are attached to the roof rafters after the rafters are installed.
Excavation begins. The cat is not impressed.
This photo shows our cat (and construction director) Penny observing the arrival of the excavators with feline disdain.
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