Thursday, August 23, 2012

Demo Phase 1

By the end of spring, the home was well overgrown with vines and plants of all sorts. Nate and a big group of Cincinnati teens from Medeira Presbyterian lead by their fearless leader, Youth Pastor Mike, ventured out to start the demolition phase of the renovation. In one short week they had tamed the landscape, demolished the kitchen and bath, and removed all mechanical ducts and equipment. They also began opening up the walls for the new floor plan. We anticipated many of the negatives, but found a few pleasant surprises as well.

Negative things discovered this phase:
-Very little insulation, partial coverage of the roof and second floor knee walls (very inefficient)
-Layers and layers of built up construction (hard to work with)
-knob and tube wiring
- No foundation insulation (1/2 of foundation is exposed due to slope)

Positive things discovered this phase:
-large headers spanning twin double hung windows (offers more opportunity for new windows)
-ridges perfect to add vents to (none previously)
-Old, true 2x4 framing in good condition

1 comment:

  1. thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the project so far!