Thursday, November 8, 2012

Roof Begins

Thanks to Formica Company last weekend for helping us get a lot of work done! 

We began shingling the roof on the front and continued with interior demo in the afternoon when the rain started. The roofing is going well, but slowly. It is a 9/12 pitch and not easy to maneuver. 

On the inside you can see the new, open, eat-in style kitchen start to form as we are taking the old bathroom walls out. We had to bust up the 4" of concrete they set the old Marble tile floor on. We're still not sure why they went through so much effort back in 1929 to notch all those joists in the bath and we'll be replacing all the joists in this area. On a good note we did discover the back wall between the garage and basement is 2x6 construction, so we'll have plenty of room for insulation. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Shell Begins

It always takes a while to get going, but it is starting to look like a newly remodeled house! We have the siding down and most of the rigid insulation up. We hope for good weather this weekend to get a lot of the roof done. If you are available to help, please sign up! We could use some roofers!

The ground was starting to cave in the foundation wall on the front and one of the sides. Habitat hired a contractor to reinforce the wall and add a footing drain. On the front they poured a new foundation outboard of the existing one. One the side they had to reinforce it from the inside with steel beams since there wasn't enough room for the excavation equipment. The new sump pump will push any water up and out of the foundation.