A large section of old wall in the foreground, and the man who put it there standing by the dumpster, in the center of the frame we see our first wall, in LVL orange. Our wall is balloon framed and close to 20' tall. We used balloon framing (wall studs full length from first floor bottom plate to second floor top plate) because we had to. There was no way to take down one wall at a time and do platform framing. In the background behind the top of the wall we can see the structural ridge beam
We started framing the roof and second floor before tackling the gable wall. In this photo you can see the contrast between the original peak height and the new ridge. We decided that the second floor ought to have some head room(originally I couldn't stand up straight even in the center of the room).
In this photo the second wall is up, and the third wall is down(on the ground). Our second floor system is mounted to the sides of the wall studs. It's getting colder out.
That's not a dimensional rift in the sky, it's just a finger in frame. Now we have a rather tall looking box with an awkward looking top. Get ready, we are about to spend two weeks alone trimming the roof in the winter.
"Big Mike" joined the crew to finish the demo/framing phase of the work. He and James were the muscle which dragged large dismantled sections of wall to the save pile. This is the work of tractors, and they did it not only without complaining, but with enthusiasm. Some things you just can't teach. James shot himself in the hand with a nail gun towards the end of the framing. Mike stayed on to finish the frame with me. Mike didn't like ladders(at least the tops of ladders), so I let him go when I started the roof trim. I worked alone for nearly a month after Mike left.
Who came next to my aid? Well, perhaps somebody you know...