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Tour of Our Whitaker Corners Barden Home 1st Floor

clock July 16, 2009 16:43 by author Donny Kemick

While this video is coming a couple days after it was shot, I guess it’s better late than never!  If you read my previous post, you understand why it has taken so long…

I was able to do a walkthrough of the first floor after Barden delivered the materials, and the framing crew worked all day.  In just one day, (roughly noon to 8pm), the framing crew got 100% of the first floor exterior walls setup, and about 95% of the interior walls setup.  That’s absolutely amazing to me.

I will have another video tour of the 1st floor after the 2nd day of framing very soon, along with a video of day 3 of framing.  The video of day 2 was shot yesterday, but is waiting it’s turn for rendering and youtube upload. 

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Video and Photos of Barden Homes 1st Floor Delivery and Setup Process

clock July 16, 2009 16:40 by author Donny Kemick

As I said the other night, there are a couple more videos coming after this one of a walkthrough from the delivery day, day 2 of framing and day 3 of framing.  I need more computing power to create, render, and upload all of this video!!  Or so I thought… 

If you have ever used a video editing package you are probably familiar with the timeline.  Well, on the delivery day, I shot several hours of video, that I then streamed down to between 8 and 9 minutes for youtube. Well, on the timeline I missed a giant chunk of video way off at the 2 hour and 11 minute mark.  That made the video 1.24 Gigabytes (GB) when it was finally done rendering and took 14.5 hours to render.  It took an additional 7.5 to upload to youtube

Then it was rejected by youtube because of the length of the video.  They only take up to 10 minutes.  So all that time was wasted.  It did clue me in to what was happening though. 

I finally was able to fix the video and re-upload it, which you can see in the top-right.  Here’re some photos of the crew erecting the first floor exterior and interior walls of our Whitaker Corners Barden Home:

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I have a day 1 and day 2 walkthrough video coming right after this post, and a day 3 of framing video coming right after that.  We’ll be caught up then!

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Barden Homes 1st Floor Walls Delivered and Setup

clock July 14, 2009 18:59 by author Donny Kemick

DSC00152Today was a HUGE day for our Whitaker Corners Barden Home project because we received our first floor interior and exterior walls, as well as the 2nd floor deck.  Despite an issue with the delivery truck that caused a 4 hour delay, my GC’s framing crew kicked some butt by staying late and getting all of the exterior walls set, and most of the interior walls set.  Absolutely amazing! 

I can truly see the time savings and advantage of using Barden Homes as a supplier.  The delivery truck and crane showed up at about 11:15 and the crew got right to work removing the cargo straps so they could set their first piece.  By 1:00 the first wall section was up, and by 8:30pm, all of the exterior walls were up with sheathing preinstalled, and most of the interior walls were set as well.

DSC00147So, in about 8 hours, just about an entire 1st floor was set.  That is unreal!  A traditional stick–built house would be so far behind.  Consider having every wall panel studded and sheathed on site.  It would be multiple weeks before we’d be at the level we’re at today.  One great thing about it is, we won’t experience weeks of weather for just the first floor construction.  The crew will likely set the 2nd floor deck tomorrow, and possible receive the 2nd floor walls this week. 

If you follow me on Twitter or Zannel you will get my updates on the progress of the house throughout the day, 99% of which have an image.

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I took tons of video and photos of the Barden Home Process:

 DSC00143 DSC00146DSC00148They are setting the walls!
Crazy how fast they can do this.
There goes part of the family room!
They are flying!
I wonder if they'll make it the whole way around today?
Rounding 3rd, heading for home!
Now that's progress!
They're still at it!

So, Where’s the Video of the Barden Home Setup Throughout the Day?

It’s rendering as I type this!  Then it needs to upload to youtube.  I will do two follow-ups to this post tomorrow, the first being the actual Barden Homes process of setting up the first floor walls.

Another Follow-up Post – A Walk Through Video of the 1st Floor

I was able to do some video before we lost all daylight this evening, so I did a complete walkthrough of the 1st floor.  As soon as the video is done being edited, rendered, and posted to youtube, I’ll do a companion post to this one.

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