It took a few weeks for the first floor to get erected on site and then the crew went back to the airplane hangar in the U.P. to work on the second floor. That took about five weeks and while they were gone we measured and planned for furniture, cabinets, kitchen cupboards and such.
The staircase was craned in and another crew put in the floor boards that would act as both ceiling for bathrooms, closet, and laundry room on the first floor and floor for the loft, bridge and bedroom upstairs. All of the other rooms on the first floor, bedroom, great room, kitchen, and sunroom, would have to wait for their cathedral ceilings.
The staircase was built to fit exactly, but after a couple of years the settling of the house required that the guys come back and refit them. That meant sawdust and blue chainsaw smoke in my nice house. We didn’t mind, though, because it was a treat to see the workmen again and the fresh pine scent overcame the exhaust fumes.