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:

Corner overhang takes shape

Detail from rear of house

Corner of addition showing window placement

Fighting off the rain – lots of it

Lower overhang framing detail (facade)

Addition with overhang

View from driveway

Entry overhang framing

Another angle showing entry overhang with temporary supports

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.

AC will be relocated

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.

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  1. terry
    May 9, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Congrats on the ground breaking!
    Free preview of the dark exterior, no fair….
    I almost put up a layer of felt just to see ours without Tyvek stamped all over it.
    Dont wimp out on me now…I just placed the order for the matte black corrugated panels.
    Cedar t&g trim is here and scheduled for delivery
    Not sure about roof color yet though, that’ll have to wait till sidings up.
    Hopefully your roof is now 100% around that chimney, if not flash the crap out of it!!
    Good luck and cant wait to see more pics!!

    • May 9, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Thanks Terry. Actually our LR side addition (as you face the house to the left) does not extend back as far as the chimney, so no worries there. The contractor is beginning to make real progress now, so I will be posting more images pretty soon. The “pros” tell me to await around 6 months before staining or painting the T&G cedar, to let it bleed out, so we will apply the solid color stain in the fall. I would like to see pics of your remodel, if you care to share.

  2. terry
    May 9, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Not sure how to do that… but would be happy to if I had a few tips

  3. Lee
    August 1, 2012 at 12:30 am

    If it’s the Sea Cliff I am thinking of you guys live on Long Island, I do too! That being said, be sure all work is permitted and inspected by the local authorities as it’s being done. It’s huge headaches if you get called on and don’t have all the permits already!

    • August 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

      More headaches are the last thing we need! Yes, all permits were obtained in advance and all work inspected by the municipality. We also used a licensed contractor. Doing this work without permission from the Village would not only be illegal, but foolish. While many people cynically believe local governments require inspections just so that they can collect fees, the construction codes insure that things are done safely. Thanks for your comment.

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