Back in April, we finally got through the foundation work and rain and started framing the project at 1566 Sanchez.  Framing – or putting up the rough lumber that establishes the structure of the home and layout of the rooms – is usually a homeowner’s favorite stage because it happens FAST.

Within a couple of weeks, the whole structure of the home can go from how it used to be (for the last 132 years) to how it soon will be.

Here, before start of deconstruction of the original roof, we see these beautiful and long pieces of the original redwood.  Rather than dumping or recycling them, though, we kept them on site and will be making our new planter boxes from the wood that was originally in the home.

The garage gets framed out (with a bedroom behind plus a stair to the rear patio)

When the wall’s right next to the neighbor’s, you build the wall on the ground, finish and waterproof it, and then tilt it up into place

The new third story takes shape

The interior stairs to the new third story go in (but like with any project, the builder missed that the stairs were not supposed to have a wall underneath…luckily a quick and easy fix at this stage).

Here in San Francisco, though, Framing is not all woodwork.  To make structurally-sound homes that can withstand the impact of earthquakes, there’s almost always some steel I-beams involved, usually welded into a frame that will help keep the whole structure together when the shakin’ starts (and it will start…someday).  These beams are big, they’re expensive, they make it a pain to run plumbing and electrical (since you can’t drill through them) and they’ll probably save your home when the big one hits.