The exterior wall is 2″ x 6″ on 24″ centres for code compliance and structural integrity. I chose to keep the windows as high up off the floor as possible, using mostly 2″ x 8″ for headers. The windows, save for the 2 bdrms, are awning to prevent rain infiltrating while ventilating during warmer months. The bdrms are casement, to satisfy egress during emergency escape, fire, RCMP, drug squad or terrorists from the South Mtn. etc.
I chose to use metal corner wind braces let into the timber, with a shallow circular saw cut. These will help keep the building straight and square in the frequent heavy winds that occur up on the side of the mountain.
Aspenite is a good use of scraps from saw mills and works at least as well as 1/2″ spruce plywood. Much of this decision making between competing products for a similar purpose is a party pak, i.e., i.e., 6 of one half a dozen of t`other. The site is 287” above sea level and if Greenland and the West Arm of Antarctica let go, I can always go into the ferry business. Don’t know where we’d ship the folks to though!
Each wall is squared on the pad with its bottom plate against a snapped chalk line and then diagonally braced with 1″ x 4″ strapping.
After the walls are raised and anchored against the straight chalk line, they are straightened and held in place through window and door openings, to long stakes driven into the soil outside. My teacher on this site, Etienne pulls a dry line tight enough for the flying Wallendas to grant a return engagement of tightrope spectacle viewing.
The line stands off from the doubled plate with a plywood scrap at each end and then a similar thickness is slid along and the wall is pulled hither and thither, ’til it’s within a hair’s breath of OK.
At least until the sun, wind and geothermal sources can wreak their havoc on our previous day of; ‘It’s pretty straight, eh?’
I Am John Otvos, aka jayöh.