Daily Archives: November 16, 2012

Mountain Brawny

Just after Labor Day I realized we were getting close to needing the brawn to remove the concrete and excavate for the new slab. I contacted four listings that advertised concrete services and two responded. The first one was Mile … Continue reading

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Waffle Mat!

While researching issues with slabs on grade and expansive soils, I found this very interesting solution to building a mat (raft) slab. Originally invented by Matt Gonsalves, the boxes are still manufactured by the family’s Conco Corporation. There are a … Continue reading

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An Engineered Solution

The slab was the major issue that made this house virtually unsellable. Like most foreclosures, the house suffered from years of delayed maintenance, like peeling paint on the windowsills, and broken glass in some of the windows. Once it was … Continue reading

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HumaNature

The Design Charrette changed the focus of the remodeling project. I went from dreaming of LEED glory to the hard facts of the limitations of a budget. We had committed $50,000 to the project. That is the whole project of … Continue reading

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Late September Reinforcements!

By late September, the project needed a boost. So my husband and son came out to help and to cut down the dead trees at the entrance and one that was planted too close to the house. That one rattled … Continue reading

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Bagster Truck

The debris began to overwhelm the garage with the three filled bags so I called the Bagster company to find out about hauling it away. They declared that the bags had to be in the open, and could not get … Continue reading

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Labor Day Labors (Plus 10 days)

The walls fall away and begin to reveal the amazing interior spaces of the house. It was fun getting to this point but there is still a lot to get done before the floor can come out.

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On Beyond Zebra (i.e. first notions)

Giving up the idea of completing one room at a time meant more time on the task taking out the rest of the walls so someone else could take out the floor. Needed somewhere to put the trashed drywall and … Continue reading

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Brawn vs. Brains

If one room at a time was the plan, then the whole room would have to be demolished, including removing the concrete floor, the next step was renting a huge air compressor and jackhammer to get the floor out. Immediately … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s Dreams

We decided we could tackle one room at a time. Starting with the master bedroom. So off came the drywall and down came the walls.

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