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Framing was an exciting stage during the build - so much progress happens so quickly! Overall, it took about three weeks for our house to be framed in.
It was so neat to see our house come to life! We could finally walk through the house and feel out how large the rooms and various living areas would be.
During this stage, there were a few minor errors that needed to be corrected - mainly with the windows. A few of the openings were missing or in the incorrect spot, so they had to be reframed. Luckily, it wasn't a big deal to have them fixed.
TIP: If you're in the framing stage, don't be afraid to bring up any issues you might come across with your builder. In our case, our builder was typically aware of the issues and had a plan to correct them before we brought them up, but it's still a good idea to bring it to their attention, just in case they overlooked it. There's a lot going on so you might notice things that the builder missed or vice versa.
The framing stage is a good time to make any small adjustments with windows, doors, and possibly interior walls. Although the overall footprint of your home can't be changed easily at this point, it's the first time that you are able to walk through and feel out the space and see the window and door placement. You might notice that a closet or bathroom is a bit too small, and depending on the layout of your home, you may be able to make them larger.
Once the home is framed, you may find useful space that wasn't necessarily visible in the floor plan. We had no idea just how large our attic area was going to be until our home was framed in, and we also discovered a small area under the stairs that is accessible in Scott's office that we're thinking of turning into a little nook for our dogs. We would have never known it was there if we didn't pay attention during the framing stage, so keep an eye out for that!
Out of all the stages during a home build, framing is probably the most obvious visual progress in a short amount of time. For us, it was exciting to see, and we took frequent trips to watch it all take shape.