House Parts

Posted on March 31, 2009
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Delivered today, somehow this—

Lumber

Lumber

—will become this:

Front elevation

Front elevation

It seems improbable. Perhaps magic is involved.

Why Jim Always Says “No” to that Second Cup of Coffee

Posted on March 30, 2009
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Sawing

How come no one wants to spot me?

And here’s where we are at the end of day 4. We’re not sure why the beams were not removed, considering the basement is going to be excavated in preparation for a new concrete floor.

View from northwest

View from northwest

That’s a Big Rabbit

Posted on March 29, 2009
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Not a lot happening today. We had wet, sticky snow throughout the night and continuing into the afternoon today.

Snowy, gray day

Snowy, gray day

The snow cover, incidentally, makes it easy to see when a neighbor’s curiosity morphs into trespassing.

John went over to the house to take photos and found footprints in the basement, in our garage, and around the exterior. We expected a high level of interest, given that we’re on a fairly busy street; but, seriously, when you have to open a door to poke around, perhaps you should reconsider.

shoe print

Exhibit A

Our Shrinking House

Posted on March 28, 2009
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At the end of the second full demolition day, the house is down to about a half a story. The faux-stucco-covered addition seems to be a bit more challenging than the older part of the house, but the demo crew has been very efficient and incredibly hard working. It’s amazing to see the progress over the course of the past two days.

View from the northeast side

The less there is, the better it looks.

By the way, if you are interested in smaller homes, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company offers blueprints for a variety of very cool, small-footprint, sometimes-mobile homes. It’s a great concept and, if you get tired of your neighbors, you can just move your whole house!

Bird’s Eye View

Posted on March 27, 2009
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Here’s a view from the second floor of the debris and machinery in the back yard. The gravel was brought in to create a path across the yard so the equipment wouldn’t sink down into the ground.

So far, they've done a good job of avoiding the viburnum (middle of yard).

Open House

Posted on March 27, 2009
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Some photos that show progress throughout the first day of demolition.

Now We’re Committed

Posted on March 26, 2009
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This is what happens when you let men with chainsaws into your house—there is no turning back.

Back of house

Now, with more exits!

Heavy Equipment

Posted on March 25, 2009
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We finally started our monster house project this week. After five years of planning, re-planning, and planning some more, we signed a contract with our builder, Sawfish Bob Nash, and are moving forward with the plans that we worked on with our exceedingly patient architect, Paul Giesen of The Garret Studio.

Our back yard now looks like a heavy equipment lot. Demolishing a house requires some rather impressive-looking machinery.

This is serious.

No, I am not driving this to the office.

Before

Posted on March 25, 2009
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This is what our house looks like the day we started.

Farmhouse with Burger King addition. (tm Paul Giesen)

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