Sill plate. 2x6 wood used for setting up the sill plate, to 2x4.. On three sides of the house used two layers of 2x6 wood. When they got to the part of the wall outside the office and next to the garage, they switched to 2x4 wood, and the entire front of the house is using 2x4 wood for the sill plate. PM later explained this is to leave ledge support room to set the full bricks front. That was easy.
Half of the plate on one beam is on 2x6 and the other is 2x4. Explanation: For some unknown reason RH joins two beams of different size to form one span. W18x18 is 5 1/4 wide, and it has 2x6 on it, joined to a W18x10 which is 4" wide and has 2x4 sitting on top. I posted some pictures showing the specifications of the different beams used in this house.
Pictures below show the beams being used. Splice plate above joins W8x18 and W8x10 beams.
Next, as you may have observed from looking at your own build, the sill plate sits on top of the basement concrete walls, and is bolted down to the top of the wall using the concrete anchor bolts. So what happens when you use 2x4 instead? Those bolts will reside in the imaginary 2 missing inches, and the sill plate 2x4 will be secured down to the top of the basement wall with Holy Air! If a bolt is too close, whack it out of the way like so..
Explanation: This space was left to form brick front support. The bolts were cut later (I get this but don't fully buy it).
The longest span beam is completely touching the right side of the house (Family Room/office wall) while leaving space away from the far wall (living room side). There are some steel plates underneath it at the office/family room side, but they are loose and not attached at all, so the beam might be sitting on air for all that I know. Will those be welded? Is that the final position of the beam?
Explanation: None. But when I checked later the plates were very secured due to the weight of the house above. Will ask about welding them.
The basement wall below shows a sizable crack in the concrete wall going across three seams, we'll wait and see how large it gets.. This is the largest of 4 concrete wall cracks we counted. Explanation: Crack is the result of concrete drying too quickly when switching concrete trucks. They tried to avoid it but it happens sometimes. Will touch up later.
Other than that, some kids enjoyed a visit to some site..