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┬áreplace 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┬ánew 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.