Re-Constructing Home-Part 9: Progress

The Back of the House (pre-demolition)

Waiting for renovations to begin can be maddening. Or tedious. Or both.

Permits must be obtained. Plans must be meticulously drawn. And revised. And revised again. A seemingly unending list of inspections must occur. In the prepping-for-renovation stage, there’s a lot of hurry up and wait. But all this mind-numbing waiting pays off in one glorious symbol of progress…

The orange fence.

Orange Fence!

Wait. What?

The ugly orange fence that shows up at constructions sites everywhere? The one that’s plastic and constantly looks like it’s about to fall over? That very same one. In fact, that ugly orange fence caused much rejoicing when it finally made its appearance on Bethany & Derek’s property.

That’s because the orange fence, which marks property boundaries and signifies environmentally sensitive areas, signifies that construction is imminent. In tandem with the orange fence, a silt fence is put in place to prevent erosion and run-off, protecting Derek & Bethany’s property, as well as their neighbors’ property. After the placement of the fences, an inspection ensures that all areas—property boundaries, as well as environmentally sensitive areas–are properly marked. Once that inspection is cleared, it’s go time.

Because Derek & Bethany planned to expand the back of their home, making room for hang-out and entertainment spaces, the current screened in back porch had to go. A crew of framers showed up with sledgehammers and crowbars and began to systematically dismantle the back of the Woods’ home. They set to work, splintering wood, and pulling down the back porch. As the framers progressed through the demolition, they placed the debris carefully in the dumpster, like playing a giant game of Tetris. Just tossing it in haphazardly would be costly—each filled dumpster can cost up to $400! So, the framers Tetrised their way into the complete demolition of the back portion of the house.

Demo Time

And then it was time for the Bobcat. The large piece of construction equipment, not the animal. The Bobcat made short work of breaking up the concrete, which also made its way into the dumpster, and leveling the ground in preparation for the new slab. This slab would support the 18-foot expansion on the back of the house, where the kitchen and family room would be. And where two bedrooms would be added on the top floor—perfect for kids or visiting family.

Evelyn Hearts the Bobcat

Before the foundation could be poured, a small ledge had to be built to hold the concrete in place. Rebar had to be positioned. And then, finally, the pouring of the concrete made it real. After months of waiting, Derek & Bethany’s renovations had finally begun. They were one step closer to their dream home.

Small Wooden Wall to Hold the Cement in Place
The New Foundation

And all because of an ugly orange fence.


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