Friday, February 18, 2011
So one of the ways I wanted to optimize this renovation, was to do as little interior excavation as possible. And so when working with the architect, I asked if I could replace the floor beams with large steel beams that would span the 20 ft width. He said yes, so the plans were updated.
The giant steel beams have two benefits. First they will allow me to easily lift the house, since I will have large and sturdy platforms to jack up. Secondly, they will make excavation easier since I will only have to excavate and place pin piles on the outer perimeter of the house. So yay on both accounts!
Unfortunately Everett Steel didn't have the means to deliver the beams into my driveway easily. It would've required me renting an excavator or something to unload it from a flatbed. So I decided it would be easier to rent a flatbed from Handy Andy and use that to pick up and drop off the beams. It worked really well actually. I managed to back up into the driveway and then "toss" the beams off the back and in front of the house.
The floor joists can't sit directly on the beams, so pressure treated 2x6s need to be bolted to the top of the beams. This involved drilling way too many holes in thick steel. Suffice to say, I spent a lot of time with my 1/2 heavy duty drill, my Drill Doctor and a bottle of cutting fluid.
And here, you can see the new beams installed and all of the old beams removed. It's amazing how much room it opened up underneath the house.
Here you can see the back of the house, the angle of this shot is crooked, but the house has been jacked up about 6 inches and looks soo much better.
Posted by Jeremiah at 3:35 PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
One of the interesting aspects of renovating an older home, is what you find when you tear it apart!
For instance, the walls of this home were filled with all sorts of "insulating" material. Such as newspapers from the 30s.
Note the warning on this page: apparently Italy was arming in the 30s, who knew?!?
Posted by Jeremiah at 3:34 PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Now that the driveway is complete, and I can back up a 5 yard dump truck (from Handy Andy Rentals, of course!). So now I am willing to work on the exterior demolition.
My initial plan for the house was to demolish the old (and poorly) enclosed porches. This will take the structure back to the original footprint. The first step was to demolish the back enclosed porch. I don't have many pictures from this stage, as the novelty of documenting the whole process had worn thin. So here you just get to see the back of the house, after the demo, wrapped in plastic.
This is what the old porch looks like on the floor of the transfer station. This is roughly 2,500 lbs of debris I just unloaded.
Here you can see the dump truck backed up in the driveway during the front demolition. Not having to haul the material the extra 30 odd feet might now sound like a big advantage, but it was *massively* helpful.
This is better picture of the front of the house, now that the exterior demolition is complete!
Posted by Jeremiah at 3:33 PM