December 2017 - August 2018
This project was designed and built by Alex, 6th grade, and instructor, Eddie Merma, over the course of nine months from December 2017 - August 2018. The design phase occurred over the winter months with Alex learning a 3D modeling software called SketchUp. His final drawing project involved creating a scale model of a house using dimensional lumber, which would be built in the spring and summer months. Construction in Alex's backyard started in April 2018. Each week provided an opportunity to reference and implement the plans he created and to learn construction skills in the framing of an 8'x14' shelter.
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.
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.
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.