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Building A Deck House: A Photographic Record of the Homebuilding Process
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The roof is on and the Rumford fireplace is under construction...
The roof is on, windows have been installed, the Rumford fireplace is under construction, interior framing is ready to begin, and the junior building inspectors are making their rounds.

After several years of extensive planning, research & design work, Scott and Chris are finally building their new home on a wooded building lot in northern Maryland. What follows is an attempt to document, in words and pictures, the design-build process of a panelized post and beam Deck House, which this husband and wife owner-builder team is constructing.

At the present time, the shell of the house is complete and the roofing has been applied. The upper level interior framing is almost finished and the plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors are starting to layout and rough-in their work. During the early stages of assembling this photo album and commentary, pictures may be added out of sequence. However, as more photographs are included over the next few weeks, the photographic timeline should catch up with the actual jobsite progress in the rough-in stage.

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  • The design process
  • Building layout
  • Lot clearing
  • Sediment control & construction entrance
  • Strip topsoil and excavate foundation
  • Footings and block foundation
  • Panel delivery and framing
  • Waterproofing and drain tile
  • Underground plumbing
  • Rumford fireplace installation
  • Roofing

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