Reconstruction / Transformation 1

“We are saving the house from itself.” Ron Dahlke, site supervisor, Ranserve.

It’s day 3 of framing. Steven stayed out of the way while Ron wrangled the framers. Until today. Wednesday, 8 July 2015.

What we imagine for Emerald Hill is beginning to emerge as the framers replace termite-damaged lumber with new, jack in new LVLs to replace undersized beams deflecting under load, and execute the structural engineering plan by “sistering” in new beams where there’s not enough lumber. It’s not really a remodel. It is, instead, a reconstruction, a salvaging, a saving, an interjection to create new life.

Let’s take a photo tour with the framing crew — Silverio in gray shirt, Roberto in white shirt, Marco in red shirt, sometimes with Cris from Ranserve.

An annotated map of some of the new structure framed into the house. Consider how much new lumber is needed to correctly replace the undersized single beams that the framers have replaced.
An annotated map of some of the new structure framed into the house. Consider how much new lumber is needed to correctly replace the undersized single beams that the framers have replaced.

What will be the door to Steven’s office.

Marco, left, in red, and Silverio, in gray, mark the floor where the wall to the right will extend further left.
Marco, left, in red, and Silverio, in gray, mark the floor where the wall to the right will extend further left.

The new pantry.

Marco and Silverio snap lines into place for the new pantry walls, to begin constructing the pantry.
Marco and Silverio snap lines into place for the new pantry walls, to begin constructing the pantry.
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The new kitchen window, almost

We are putting in a wider window at the kitchen, to bring more light into the heart of the house.

The framers removed the existing single-pane aluminum-frame window — dating back to the original construction of the house in 1968.

From the exterior, this was the opening in the brick for the original kitchen window.
From the exterior, this was the opening in the brick for the original kitchen window.

Inside the house, Ranserve framed up the opening for the new window. It promises a dramatic transformation.

From the inside, the opening for the new kitchen window is framed, demonstrating one small part of the transformation coming to Emerald Hill.
From the inside, the opening for the new kitchen window is framed, demonstrating one small part of the transformation coming to Emerald Hill. There’s also a new header over the window opening, framed correctly to carry the load of the second floor, replacing the studs that were drilled through for the original vent stack — drilled through to the point there was very little structural integrity to the remaining wood, which is one reason the second floor dipped above this location.
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Habitat pickup 2

Kris and crew load the Habitat truck with some of the donations we are making as Habitat executes the second of three planned pickups.

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