Framing is underway on our little blue cottage. The lower exterior walls are almost up. You can see that the house hasn't yet been lowered down onto the perimeter. That will happen after the sheathing is complete.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Big day! This is a great new project and we're just about to break ground. It's a 1500 sqft, 2 bedroom, 1 bath tudor on a double lot. The family who built the house had a daughter who lived her whole life here. The house is virtually untouched since 1921. The new owners have hired us to make room for their growing family by building an addition off to the left side that will add two bedrooms, three bathrooms, an expanded kitchen, and an attached garage all while preserving the architectural integrity of the original home.
The first task will be to demolish the detached garage and that little bumped out area of the main house. We'll take all the stucco off this face of the house to tie in the new framing. The new addition will be two stories high and come out to about the left corner of the existing garage. I need get to work on the window order to make sure we'll have them here on time. The windows and exterior doors will be Marvin Clad with clad stucco-mold trim.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The foundation is complete! Woo-hoo! The next challenge will be how we're going to frame this with all that cribbing in the way. In normal home construction, you'd frame the floor and set the walls in on top of it. In this house, we'll have to frame the exterior walls first, then lower the house onto the exterior walls while leaving the cribbing in place. Then we'll cut out the ceiling joists down the middle and install a huge beam that will support the center line of the house and turn into a cool architectural feature in the new kitchen and living room. The new floor will have to hang from the exterior walls.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I love concrete pour day! The engineer called for an aggregate mix that had to be revised to work for 4" hose. Even that was so heavy it required 8 guys to get it into the back of the house from the pump truck parked on the street.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Porch stays on the ground, house jumps... what?!? All the new door and window openings were framed while the house was still on the ground to save on scaffolding... genius, I know. We cut the framing free from the foundation and slowly raised it up, 3" at a time over two days. It's being supported by six columns of lincoln-log-like cribbing. This is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Here we have a little one story, two bedroom one bath bungalow. Cute! The plan is to raise it up and build a new first story underneath, remodel the entire house, and blog about the home design, construction, and architecture. The first floor will be a new kitchen, living room, dining room, guest bedroom, and full bath. The existing house will become the second floor and will be remodeled to include three bedrooms and two full bathrooms for a growing family. Follow the process and pick up some great home design ideas along the way!