Sometimes, you do not need to leave home to have a great adventure.
In 1987, when our children were struggling for personal space, we remodeled our house, removing the roof, and adding a full second story. Like many home projects, this one cost twice my estimate and took 3 times as long to complete. Still, my project cost was only $16,000, and the work was mostly done after 9 months.
I was between jobs for 8 months, and was able to work on this full time. There were 3 things that I chose to subcontract: sheetrock taping, external door replacement, and chimney extension. We did most of the rest ourselves.
While I had many of my own tools, I did this project with a borrowed level, a borrowed square, a borrowed sheetrock square, and a borrowed radial arm saw. Every power tool I owned wore out and had to be replaced at some point in the project.
|Building permit, April 1987.|
|The old house, March 1987.|
|April 25th, 1987, first floor windows replaced, front gable removed, roof torn off.|
|May 1987, second story walls and roof trusses up on north end.|
|May 1987, wall extended across the front.|
|May 1987, South wall completed.|
|May 1987, the truss installation is complete, and the roof deck is complete.|
|May 1987, roof is complete at the end of the Memorial Day weekend. Roof was off for 5 weeks. It rained 4 times. Everything hurts. Rested and healed for a week.|
|July 1st, 1987, windows are installed on second floor.
It rained 9 inches July 9th.
|September 1987, redwood siding has arrived. Getting ready to install.|
|September 1987, vertical siding is complete.|
|Late September 1987, started siding on south side.|
|Early October 1987, more siding on the front.|
|October 1987, front siding is complete.|
|End of October 1987, almost complete.|
|November 1987. Time to go back to a regular job.|
|Summer view, leaves on trees again.|
|Restained again 2008.|
|3/3/2007 Snow cornice.|
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