Archive for August, 2015

I’ll post some sample drawings of our revised house plans once we make some final updates, but right now we have one burning question… to dig, or not to dig?

We’re adding a 15 by 28 foot two story addition on the back of our house.  When we first started this process, it sounded like we would be building on sonotube pilings (no digging required), but have since learned that our new kitchen would be FAR better served by a heated space under the floor, so our drawings now have a 3 foot high crawlspace.

Since that means digging foundation walls anyway, I’ve been dreaming of that extra 420 square feet of basement, and some internet research leads me to believe that the added cost of digging it out is pretty small (in relation to the total project cost).  I’m convinced that once the house is done, I would kick myself for not digging it out, and doing so when everything is done would be a very large, expensive headache.

In the end, I think that wasted space is just a waste.

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After a few years of hibernation, it’s time to start resurrecting this bad boy.  Admittedly, increasing work responsibilities and the introduction of our now 4 and 1 year-old boys has left me with little time to write in here, but we’ve just started on a journey that is worth documenting.

We are in the final stages of drawings for a full home reno that will see our 1 1/2 story, 960 square foot wartime wood house transformed into a 2,300 square foot modern delight.  We’ll basically be tearing down our current house to the foundation, digging out a 15 foot addition on the back and rebuilding both the main and second floor.  That means finding a place to live short-term (which will no doubt prove for some fun stories in here) and some pretty heavy disruption to our lives.

Still, it will all be worth it when I stroll out of our big new kitchen, through the sliding doors to our new big back deck.

With our drawings nearing completion, we’ll be moving on to selecting our contractor and sorting out our permits, but our current plan is to start our demolition work in the spring and be back in the house by fall.

Stay tuned for photos, stories and hopefully video!

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