Our Split Foyer Remodel Begins!
Construction on our split foyer remodel project is officially under way! Over the past couple of weeks, our contractor (1) laid out the living room bump-out addition; (2) poured the concrete footings and the pier foundations on which the addition posts will rest; (3) framed the addition; and (4) began building the addition’s roof, eaves, and overhangs. While the carpenters were doing those things, another worker began stripping the old, brittle striated cedar from the house. Here are some of the first images:
As I mentioned in my Tongue and Groovy post, we will clad the house’s exterior with 1×6 tongue-and-groove cedar siding, and stain it black (unless our courage fails us along the way!). Coincidentally, the now-exposed black tar paper (see images) gives us a free “preview” of the planned color. The house is beginning to take shape. Now that work on the projecting overhangs is “in progress,” we can begin to see our mid-century modern concept come to life. Very exciting! Yes, that hideous bay window is coming out, as is the door, trim, and all windows.
Because the bump-out is only 4 feet deep by 12 foot wide, a post-and-pier foundation made sense in terms of cost. Pretty straightforward operation. Two holes dug about 3 feet deep (our architect specified wider, square piers rather than cylindrical), about 11 feet apart, and a little over 3 1/2 feet from the structure. The concrete for the footing went in (with rebar for extra strength), and it set for a couple of days. Next the square concrete piers were poured. We were uncertain whether this “post” foundation addition would look nice, but it some ways it lightens the mass. At night, light from the lower level window beneath the addition creates depth and interesting shadows.
Finally, we had a very unpleasant surprise when the striated cedar shingles near the chimney were removed. Serious water and old termite damage (see images below). I’m told that such damage in not uncommon around the chimney. We had a roof leak a while back, which undoubtedly contributed to the damage (the roof was replaced last year). Hopefully the damage is limited. A good example of why you need a contingency budget when you plan your remodel.