Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Apartment progress

Steve and Joel ripping out the old attic and roof. They are standing about where the new kitchen will be.

Steve O'Byrne and his father, John, preparing for the new roof which will cover the whole building, front to back.

Steve and John O'Byrne attaching the new woodwork to the old parapet.

This shows where the new bathroom will be. The steam is the exhaust from the furnace.

The garage now has a floor. It took a lot of heat to thaw the ground and keep things from freezing as the concrete cured.

We've got HEAT!

One of the effects of this remodeling is to move the utility entry point. The electric was moved to a temporary entry point, but the natural gas had to be shut off until it could be installed permanently. So for about a month we've had heat only with electric heaters. They work, but...

On Monday, 12/28, the gas was reinstalled and the furnace restarted. Sort of.

Turns out the thermostat had died. It was one of those nice fancey programmable six ways from Sunday ones. They either work wonderfully or - now its trash. Fortunately my electrician, Matt, had a replacement in his truck. All is warm now!

Friday, December 11, 2009


From the very begining I was intending to add a garage with an upstairs apartment to the back of the building. Eventually. When I discovered the back wall was rotten beyond patching and the brick facade crumbling, 'eventually' got bumped up to 'NOW'.

Here Steve and Joel are setting the foundation wall. We elected to use these foam concrete forms.

Steve setting one of the garage roof joists that will be the apartment floor.

Joel setting the joist next to the old wall.

The view above the bathroom. The whole ceiling will be removed and the room remodeled. The volume shown, along with some where the 'roof' is, will become part of the apartment. Lots of work.

Let There Be Light!

This Fall I had Matt Asphal install some floods and electric sockets so the flag can be illuminated and Christmas lights lit.