Situated on the west side of town, is this beautiful two-story home on a double lot with a spacious back yard. An addition is planned for this home built in 1948, and will include a Kitchen, Mudroom and Dining Room on the first floor, and creating a Master Suite on the second floor.
Follow the progress as we transform spaces and lives.

June 6, 2017

This is a sketch from the homeowner to relay ideas.

This will be where it all takes place.

June 12, 2017

The plans on the left show the Kitchen and Dining layout before,
while the plans on the right show what it will be like after the two-story addition.

By developing a 3D model, we can better communicate what the project will look like when everything is finished.

The spaces that are white are the existing house and the areas that have materials shown are the new spaces.

June 21, 2017

It is day 1 of job start up, and the excavation is underway.

They use two different buckets on the digger, a wider one for the general clearing, and a narrower one to dig the trench footings.

Inspectors will check to make sure the footings are 42” below grade to clear the frost line.

June 28, 2017

The concrete truck has arrived.
That is always exciting, at every age :-) 

A shovel, a chute and some physical labor.

The trench footings are finished and the concrete will set up before the masonry begins.

July 5, 2017

Footings have passed inspection and the concrete masonry blocks have been delivered to the site.

The mason starts at the corners and works in from there. Reinforcing bars will be grouted solid into the block, locking them together from top to bottom.

The mason makes quick work of laying the foundation for our two-story addition.

A waterproofing membrane is painted on the block that will be below grade.

A vapor barrier is laid over the dirt in the crawl space. 

July 18, 2017

The cement truck has arrived and a non-structural slab is being poured and leveled.

The slab is finished and left to cure for a few days

Two layers of rigid insulation are applied to the interior face of the CMU block wall to help insulate the house 

The installation of rigid insulation in complete.   

The framing lumber has arrived on site and is staged ready for the framers to start building the floor structure and walls.     

July 31, 2018 

This was the kitchen... 

The rough carpentry crew puts down the floor framing.

2x8 exterior walls are being used here, to allow plumbing and mechanicals to travel within the wall, but still have insulation behind to protect them from the Michigan temperatures. The walls are framed on the floor and stood up into place.

Diagonal bracing holds the wall in place until everything is locked together.

August 7, 2017

The inside spaces have been cleared.

This wall will be removed.

The new beam has been installed, and it supports the existing and new walls and roof, above. The subfloor material shows where old ends and new begins.

Second floor framing is built on the first floor framing.