Porta-Home Construction, Part 3: Framing & the Art of Sleeplessness

February 20, 2017

We're behind schedule. 

 

Of course, we expected that. Prototype construction is historically unpredictable, and working on a structure with a series of harsh angles and petty walls that expand and contract throughout the day, the hardest part of building was bound to be the beginning.

 

Moving into our second week of construction--conceding that the first few days were a wash of planning trial-and-error--my crew and I are finding ourselves working into the wee hours of the night to solve issues that spontaneously arise. 

Our lead builder, Nate, is not only a veteran in the workshop, he's also a professional mood-raiser, keeping things light during the longest of days.

 

Trying to juggle a consistent part-time work schedule with an aggressive construction timeline has been a fool's errand. We've found it in our budget to compensate Nate for his time, with a little extra to fund Geno's helping hand and expertise as well. My mission has been to stay present, pitch in where I can, and make excessive runs to Home Depot to ensure the project stays on track. There'll be plenty of time for making money at work later.

 

The current stage of construction has seen the most visible gains, as walking into the structure no longer feels like entering a tin foil spaceship. The walls are covered in 1/2" plywood, bolstered by planks along the six ribs connecting the walls. Insulation is only visible along the upper ridges connecting the ceiling and walls. We even installed a window on the wall above the bench and bed.

 

As we start to install the horizontal surfaces, it's starting to feel like the project is moving now. Not a bad reward after countless hours of planning. And nearly no sleep.

 

Plenty of time for that later.

 

-TK

 

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