Five Days in Canada

Last Friday, we left for a 5-day trip scheduled long before we knew the start date of construction.  Very inopportune timing.  We missed A LOT.

On Friday, the last major deliveries were made.

Lumber and plywood:

Not one, but two dumpsters:

Then on Monday, the carpentry crew arrived to prep the roof for removal.

First they cut the over-sized overhang from around the perimeter of the current roofline:

Then, they tarped their work to protect the house from any rain.

On Tuesday, the crane arrived to remove the roof while the boys supervised from across the street:

Greff provided a birds-eye view:

And, the view of the now-removed roof from the ground:

Being dismantled:

Then, the crane lifted the floor joists up for installation:

Pretty eventful couple of days to miss!  The rest of this week, they’ve managed to set the floor joists and deck for half the house… doing so in 100-degree+ heat indexes.  Somehow the FlavorIce seems like the absolute least we can do for the amazing crew working above.


First Impressions

In some cases, the front door of a house is just a means to entry.  In others, its a conversation piece.  Here’s our current front door.

(Sidebar:  The side panels are purposefully unfinished until the new door is in place and they’re designed/painted to match.)

There’s no middle ground with comments and feelings towards this door – everyone who comes over loves it and thinks its really cool and unique OR they hate it and find it utterly bizarre.  We fall into the latter category.

While the design is interesting, the doorknob centered on the door is just strange.  Its hard to open as you can’t get the right leverage and have to use arguably excessive force.

These doors are leaving, but probably one of the absolute last things to go… most of the materials for the second story will go up by crane (trusses, lumber, drywall) or ladder from the outside, but once we’re fully sealed in, materials will need to come in through the front door. To avoid damaging the new doors, they won’t be installed until near the end of the process.

Our new doors will be TruStile TS3150 – two parts panels, one part glass to allow for some light to come in while maintaining privacy.

I saw these on a neighbor’s house and really liked the three equal-sized panel design.

Any ideas on who or where might be interested in the old doors?  Much as I dislike them as doors on my own home, I see a lot of opportunity for someone with the right touch to turn them into a dining room table or other piece of furniture.

Documenting Change

In September 2009, we purchased a new (to us) home with grand plans to transform it from a 1950s rambler into our 2012ish dream home. 

Here’s the house on the day we took ownership:

Click here to see where we’re heading:  Front Elevation.  (Tilt your head to the side – can’t figure out how to get it to save in the proper horizontal format)

I should have started this diary on the day we started demo on the existing main level.  But, alas, we’ll have to do it retrospectively and then going forward.  Its going to be a wild ride…

Check out the “Blueprints” page for other important background info.