Alex's House

April - July, 2018

Over the winter (Dec 2017-Mar 2018), Alex learned 3D modeling on SketchUp by making plans for beginner design/build projects. After a few weeks of practice, he designed an 8'x14' structure with a loft, porch and balcony. Even before the snow melted in April, he started framing walls in his barn with the help of his instructor, Eddie Merma. Backyard building sessions take place weekly on Fridays until July 2018. Every session is an opportunity for Alex to learn building principles and bring his blueprints to life.


Session 1

Friday, April 6, 2018

In our first session we reviewed our plans and created a cut-list for the front and rear walls of the structure. Alex measured and marked each 2x6 board and used the miter saw to cut them to length. Once the boards were prepped, we proceeded to assemble the frames. By the end of the day we finished both walls and test fit the front window.


Session 2

Friday, April 13, 2018

Our next step was to finish framing the remaining walls. Both of these frames were identical and included an 18"x27" opening in the center for a window. Alex repeated the steps from the first session - he measured and cut 2x6 boards to their proper dimensions and screwed the frame together. Each stud was placed at 16" in on center which made a perfect sleeping nook for his puppy. 


Session 3

Friday, April 27, 2018

In our third session we finished framing our last wall and started cutting sheathing. We used Zip System sheathing which has a protective coating that is designed to help keep moisture out of the structure. Alex learned how to use the circular saw while cutting out a 16"x8' chunk out of a panel.


Session 4

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Session 5

Friday, May 18, 2018


Session 6

Friday, May 25, 2018



June 21, 2018