Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wrap it Up!

“It’s the biggest damn thing I ever wrapped!” exclaimed Rob after he completed installing the Typar house wrap. Hopefully a gift we can open for ourselves this Christmas. Our new home! We are bagged, dead tired and need a vacation. We have really been pushing it to get to this point but we made our goal. Going to take a little time off and get out of Dodge.

Next up: Bricklaying, Stucco and starting the inside work.

Windows on the world

We bought our windows from Mike Meyer at Meyer and Zapp and they arrived early in the week. We are replacing all of the windows in the house but took delivery of only the new addition windows first. They are Strassburger 3000 series and are all vinyl casement style windows that have simulated divided lites that really make them a beautiful addition to our home. The exterior color is beige and the interior color is white. We chose Strassburger because their windows had some added detail in the trim and sills that you just don’t get from most vinyl window manufacturers. Our patio door is being built by EuroVinyl windows and doors and is currently delayed because of a last minute change we made to the detail of it. More on that later... Our good friend Rommel installed our windows in a day. Rommel commented on how easy the window installation was due to the excellent work the framers did.

Roof and Roll

Our two favorite Portuguese roofers, Almicar and Chris of Oxxo Roofing came in the day after the framers finished sheathing and got to work taking off the old roof. We are replacing the entire roof. The color is dual black and we think it looks great. It’s a beautiful roof both architecturally speaking and visually. We couldn’t be happier. It took the guys two and a half days to finish the job. We would recommend Oxxo Roofing to anyone looking to replace their roof.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We’re Getting Framed

Since the beam was installed things have started to progress quickly. The framers, Paul and Halim from HP House Framing were in the same day the beam was finished and they put up all of the first floor exterior walls. The next day the second floor subfloor was mostly installed. We have had alot of delays because of the weather, which quite frankly, has been lousy. Before we knew it though, the second floor exterior walls were up and then the difficult part started…the roof. There are a number of issues with respect to the roof that we have been debating. At first we were going with engineered roof trusses but we are glad our framer convinced us otherwise. Ultimately we have chosen a hand sawn roof. Also because the new roof will be partially supported by the old roof, there are some engineering issues which needed straightening out. Viktor, our engineer from B-Design has been instrumental in assisting us with a number of changes during this project.

The other significant event was that we have
gotten Rankel, the excavator to come back in and do the backfilling, so the giant mound of dirt is no longer in our backyard. We are starting to look a lot less like a construction site and that makes us happier.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Beam Me Up!

The work to open the back of the house has begun. Once the framers from HP House Framing came in and built the first floor subfloor, John Greco’s men began by shoring up the basement and first floor joists with jackposts, some of which we borrowed from our friend Silvan. Friends with tools and stuff are great! Peter Skillings has also been a great source for a countless number of items including safety fence and a two stage epoxy gun. Our neighbor Bill has also been very willing to lend us tools when necessary.

After supporting the existing floors, the Greco group, cut the double brick walls in specific areas to install more jack posts. The beam to be installed is about 600 pounds and is over 15 feet long. It is supported on one side by a steel post and on the other by the former chimney which is to be filled with concrete to create a pillar. The next day the men came back and installed the beam by first lifting onto scaffolding, and then sliding it into the “pocket”. Following that, they filled the gap above the beam and the brick wall above. Then they demolished the brick wall below and voila, our house was open to the elements. The next day they completed the job by making a 6 foot wide opening in the rear of the basement between the old house and the new.

Last item was the installation of the steel pole. Imar Steel sent over the welder with the post and he installed it in no time. For us this was a major hurdle and we are very glad it is behind us.