Category: News & Updates

Renovation: Phase One Update, Demolition and Framing

As I reported at the beginning of the month, phase one of my home renovation has begun.  At this point, it is well underway.  In the past few weeks we have been through demolition, added structural support and plumbing, and started some basic framing.  (If you don’t remember where we started, take a look at my April 6 post, here.)  It is loud, dusty and there have been one or two surprises.  But, it is nice to see progress.  Even though it is still rough, there is enough framing that we can walk the rooms and start to get a feel for the space.  Take a look for yourself.
Future Garden Room
Future Garden Room Bathroom
Future Stairway
Future Guest Room
Future Guest Room Bathroom
Of course, when you renovate a home that is almost 90 years old, there are always surprises.  It has happened in all of our past projects and this time is no different.  First, we had to close off part of the kitchen (originally not to be touched until Phase Two begins) to facilitate some structural work.  Then, when we demolished the guest room it became apparent that a prior owner had removed PART OF THE FOUNDATION of the house when doing a prior renovation.  So, as a result, we have been digging an unplanned trench to replace the segment of the foundation that had been removed and add additional support to the space.  (See below.)  There is never a dull moment around here, that is for sure.
The next step is to start ordering tile and fixtures in the next couple of weeks.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress.

Renovation: Phase One

We have finally begun phase one of our home renovation.  (There will only be two phases.) Between now and mid-August, we are renovating the garage level of our house to add a guest room, a garden room, a laundry room, wine storage, a renovated staircase, and another bathroom.
Here’s the plan:
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We are living upstairs during phase one.  When phase one is complete, we will move into the rooms downstairs and phase two will begin on the main living space in our house.  We got held up in the planning department for a couple of weeks, but we are finally in the demolition stage.  Here is where we are starting:
Studio 1
Studio bath 3
Studio Bath
stairs 1Stay tuned for updates.  We can’t wait to see some progress!