This is a stack of rough sawn 2x6 for wall framing. The "stickers" between the layers of boards allows for air circulation to facilitate drying; that said, they'll still be pretty green by the time we're banging nails. I have no issues building with green lumber, mostly because I'm not obsessed with air infiltration. I like a house that "breathes" a little, and for a number of reasons, am not a fan of super-tight structures that need mechanized air exchange systems to keep them healthy. Many, many very excellent and knowledgeable builders would say I'm wrong as the day is long, so as always, take everything I say with a grain of salt, and remember that I'm just a backwoods hick with a chainsaw and an IG account.
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I get a lot of building related questions, and since we're just embarking on another house-building project (please, someone, save us from ourselves!), I figured I'd document the process here. For context, we are building a small-ish (1150-ish sq ft) house that will serve as a rental and perhaps eventually a home for one of the boys. We took out a home equity line of credit for $50k, so obviously our budget is pretty tight. I don't expect to finish the house for this price, but I hope to get pretty damn close, including site work, wastewater, and utilities. We'll see. Site selection is key; we would not have embarked on this project if it hadn't perc'd for a conventional, in-ground septic system, which we can install for less than $4k, compared to $15k+ for a mound system. So far, we've installed the driveway, excavated the cellar hole, trenched and run the power, and had these beautiful footings poured just yesterday. We also have a shed full of used Marvin windows we bought off a contractor in the Boston area, and nearly 6000 bd-ft of lumber milled from spruce and fir I logged over the winter and spring. Got questions? Ask below!