Now that the framing of the house is complete, the next step was to make sure that the exterior of the house was waterproof so that it was protected while all of the work on the inside could continue. To accomplish this the roofing and roof shingles were installed, the windows were installed and the exterior doors were put in. The house was also wrapped and portions of the exterior of the house were boarded to make sure that it was all water resistant.
In the photos above and below, you can see that the framing was complete and that they had started with the wrap and putting up the siding of the house. In the very first photo at the top, you can see the siding was completed all the way to the top and the windows had already been installed.
The portions of the house that are wrapped, are ultimately portions of the house that we decided to change the exterior finish on. These portions will be finished with stone, but this will only be added towards the end of the construction process.
I mentioned that this was not the "sexy" stage of construction. This stage seems relatively boring in that all the work being done is on things that will ultimately be hidden behind the walls. But these are all things that need to be in the house to make sure it functions properly.
The rough of the house includes the plumbing (bath tubs, piping for all of the water and waste lines), the rough HVAC (the duct work for heating, ventilation and conditioning) and the rough electric.
Once all the rough was complete, we had an opportunity to do a walkthrough of the house with our builder. This allowed us to look at where all the rough had been added in, but also gave us the opportunity to consider where all the electrical outlets and switches were and make sure we were happy with their placement.
After a few added switches and light bulbs (I like a lot of light), we were ready for the next stage of construction, the drywall.