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Goodbye skylight

A prior remodel installed a skylight into the roof over what was the master bathroom, which was also remodeled at the same time. We guess.

A skylight over what will be the laundry and utility room makes no sense to the Leons — especially when it intrudes into the ideal location for the attic ladder.

So out it comes, for donation to Habitat.

Above, the skylight, removed, ready to go to Habitat.

Roberto on the roof and Jonathan below lever new roof rafters into position to replace structure cut when the skylight was first remodeled into place.
Roberto on the roof and Jonathan below lever new roof rafters into position to replace structure cut when the skylight was first remodeled into place.
Plywood in the roof closes off the location of the former skylight. The lumber box in the ceiling frame is where the attic ladder will be installed.
Plywood in the roof closes off the location of the former skylight. The lumber box in the ceiling frame is where the attic ladder will be installed.

The roof is now closed up with plywood and lumber. And the framing is in place for the new attic ladder.

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Flashing the roof

Flashing helps direct the flow of water around openings. Since water can seep into your home’s walls, deteriorating building materials, causing structural damage, and creating moisture and mold problems, it is very important to properly install flashing when constructing a new house or altering the exterior of a house. Flashing is used beneath the first course above ground level in a masonry building, above all wood trim on shelves, doors, and windows, where exterior stairs and decks attach to the house, and around any features in the roof structure. Below are some of the common flashing details on residential roofs. DIY Network.

The Tyvek is up. Don and his crew from Potter’s Roofing nail the roof flashing into place, tucking it under the Tyvek.

Out on the roof at the back corner of bedroom 3.
Out on the roof at the back corner of bedroom 3.

When Ranserve took out the interior drywall, Steven stood upstairs, in the center of the house, turning 360 degrees — and daylight intruded into the house through gaps between the original cedar siding and the top of the lower roof. The flashing and Tyvek begin to seal those gaps. The house won’t be airtight when Ranserve is done, but a lot less heating and air conditioning will escape, helping the house qualify for the Austin Energy Green Building program.

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Befores / Afters

The exterior of the kitchen wall as of 22 July 2015.
The exterior of the kitchen wall as of 22 July 2015.

Yesterday, the brick exterior wall at the back of the kitchen was cut open for the new, larger window over the kitchen sink — and the original sliding glass door was still in place.

Same wall, 24 hours later. The new office window to the left, the new kitchen window to the right.
Same wall, 24 hours later. The new office window to the left, the new kitchen window to the right.

Today, the framing crew cut open the wall to add the new window to Steven’s office, and then mounted the new office and kitchen windows into place.

New window on the left was a brick wall yesterday.
New window on the left was a brick wall yesterday.

Here’s the new window in the office, from inside the office. More light!

The sliding glass door is removed from the back wall of the kitchen, and concrete mixed to create a new footing.
The sliding glass door is removed from the back wall of the kitchen, and concrete mixed to create a new footing.

And the sliding glass door has been removed. The brick wall here will be extended to the right, toward the garage. A new 36-inch wide exterior door will slot into the corner with the garage.

The original sliding glass door from the kitchen.
The original sliding glass door from the kitchen. With Steven’s backpack sitting guard.

Here is the sliding glass door, removed, ready for donation to Habitat.

 

 

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Delivery day — windows, Tyvek, Hardie

Ron Dahlke is cranking at Emerald Hill. Martel Windows & Doors delivered the Milgard windows. Tyvek housewrap and Hardie board arrived.

The Milgard windows stacked in what will be the library/dining room.
The Milgard windows stacked in what will be the library/dining room.
The last three Milgard windows arrive.
The last three Milgard windows arrive.
The front windows for the library/dining room.
The front windows for the library/dining room. Photo shot with Jacquela’s Galaxy 5.
Two rolls of Tyvek house wrap and trim lumber, stored on the garage floor.
Two rolls of Tyvek house wrap and trim lumber, stored on the garage floor.
A palette of Hardie board exterior siding, stacked on the driveway.
A palette of Hardie board exterior siding, stacked on the driveway.
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Mud room, master closet, concrete entry

A Saturday morning visit reveals additional advances from late Friday at Emerald Hill.

The framers are starting on the mudroom and mudroom bath.
The framers are starting on the mudroom and mudroom bath.
The master closet is now framed.
The master closet is now framed.
The new concrete needed to raise the front porch for the front entry extension, poured yesterday, is curing, solid enough to walk on.
The new concrete needed to raise the front porch for the front entry extension, poured yesterday, is curing, solid enough to walk on.
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Reconstruction / Transformation #2 — exterior

It’s been two days since Steven last visited the house. The advances are dramatic.

Before -- the house is still clad with the original cedar siding that dates back to 1968, when the house was built. And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is also original.
Before — the house is still clad with the original cedar siding that dates back to 1968, when the house was built. And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is also original.
The siding on the second story and the brick wing wall are gone. Ron and the framing crew replaced the cedar with OSB sheathing. Equally significant, the large opening for the new master bedroom windows is also framed at the upper right.
The siding on the second story and the brick wing wall are gone. Ron and the framing crew replaced the cedar with OSB sheathing. Equally significant, the large opening for the new master bedroom windows is also framed at the upper right.
Also outside, at the front left of house, brick is removed to enlarge the front window of bedroom 1.
Also outside, at the front left of house, brick is removed to enlarge the front window of bedroom 1.
And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is dismantled.
And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is dismantled.

 

Around the right side, the cedar siding on the second floor exterior is removed and replaced with OSB sheathing.
Around the right side, the cedar siding on the second floor exterior is removed and replaced with OSB sheathing.
Around back, replacement of the cedar siding continues.
Around back, replacement of the cedar siding continues.
Before -- the stone cap that is now removed from the porch slab.
Before — the stone cap that is now removed from the porch slab.
Ranserve is storing the removed brick and stone in the boneyard at the back of the driveway. The brick will be re-used as we remodel the exterior. The fate of the stone is not yet decided.
Ranserve is storing the removed brick and stone in the boneyard at the back of the driveway. The brick will be re-used as we remodel the exterior. The fate of the stone is not yet decided.
At mid-day, the concrete team builds forms and drills rebar reinforcing rods into the existing slab as the prepare to pour the new concrete needed to bring the slab up 2+ inches to level the floor where we are extending the front entry forward -- all because the stairs are not to code and we need additional "run" length for the math and material to work correctly.
At mid-day, the concrete team builds forms and drills rebar reinforcing rods into the existing slab as they prepare to pour the new concrete needed to bring the slab up 2+ inches to level the floor where we are extending the front entry forward — all because the stairs are not to code and we need additional “run” length for the math and material to work correctly.
The first bags of concrete are mixed and shoveled into place.
The first bags of concrete are mixed and shoveled into place. When the concrete team is done we will be able to walk on this in the morning.
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Naked house

Ranserve and the framers removed the cedar siding that is original to the house. After 50 years, it flaked and crumbled and split away from the framing. Ron Dahlke took these photos as the cedar peeled off and the new OSB sheathing nailed up.

The kitchen side of the house.
The kitchen side of the house.
The back of the house, looking up into what will be the master bath.
The back of the house, looking up into what will be the master bath.
The back of the house, at what will be bedroom 3 -- aka "the train room."
The back of the house, at what will be bedroom 3 — aka “the train room.”

 

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