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Blog series by Tooch updated 05-18-2018 04:16 PM 5 parts 3772 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning

05-16-2018 02:59 PM by Tooch | 1 comment »

First of all, I wanted to start by saying that these posts are happening well later than the actual events occurred, roughly 6-7 months later for the beginning posts and 2 months after the final pictures. In the summer, I was able to refinance my current Mortgage loan (which had about 18 yrs left on it) down to a 15 yr loan at a fixed interest rate of 3.00%. With that refinancing, I took out additional money based on the current equity I had in my house. Because I bought my home on forec...

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Part 2: Excavation & Upper shell

05-16-2018 04:36 PM by Tooch | 4 comments »

So it didn’t take long for the contractors to get this swimming pool dug. I came home from work, walked around to the back of my house, and saw this. For now, they just dropped all of the dirt into this big pile. I guess we’ll deal with that later. The concrete was busted up and set to the side, awaiting a “clean fill” dumpster to be delivered. Also, the walls and roof of the second floor were built. For now, this roof is covered with tar paper and th...

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Part 3: Interior framing upstairs

05-16-2018 05:31 PM by Tooch | 3 comments »

While the ladder was ratchet strapped to the house, I climbed up onto the roof and snuck into the 2nd floor addition to check out the interior framing and see how everything looks. It’s so tough to tell what the size will really be when you are just looking at a computer screen or pictorial rendering of the print. The overall exterior size of the master suite is a little over 16’x21’. because of the stairs, walls, closets, etc., we should have a bedroom that is about 12&#...

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Part 4: Footer and Foundation work

05-17-2018 02:24 PM by Tooch | 2 comments »

So the last post was regarding the 2nd floor, but this post will show how the footer and foundation was built. AFter the frame for the footer was built, I hung outside of my old back door to snap a few pictures: I had loaded up the base with some modified limestone and compacted it down for the workers to pour the concrete footer. I figured that they would havea concrete truck come in and shoot the footer and floor all at once, but they actually mixed the concrete up themselves....

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Part 5: Removing Bricks

05-18-2018 04:16 PM by Tooch | 4 comments »

In my last post there were lots of pictures of the footer and foundation, as well as the new roof. Now that is taken care of, we can start prepping to enclose the structure. Step 1 is cutting the brick line and removing the exterior bricks. For now, we still have a large clean fill pile in the backyard, so we will be pitching all of the busted brick there for now. We started with 2 vertical cuts through the brick layer, one on teh left most extent and one to the right. Next we will ...

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