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Old 12-24-2014, 03:50 AM   #1
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I'm using part of the Christmas break to get most of the structural work done on this project, which involves a new kitchen addition to replace the current 1950's one that is too small and has really had its day... the old kitchen will become a dining room. I have the cabinets & tops from a nice kitchen that my uncle replaced during renovations a couple years back, so the new space has been designed so that (hopefully) the existing cabinets fit without too much modification
3 days work got the foundations & subfloor done, including inspection of the footings before the concrete pour. I will carry on after Christmas.
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:49 AM   #2
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Nice project--where are you located? Most places in the U.S.A. do not allow buried posts---interesting to see that style of construction.

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Old 12-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #3
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I'm in New Zealand--this is standard construction practice here--the posts are treated for ground contact & set in concrete. Most new construction uses slab on grade nowadays--less labour intensive to construct & closer to ground level, which is important in heavily built up areas, where shading of neighbouring properties by buildings can be an issue.
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I've made a lot of progress since I last posted, got the walls & roof framed & plywood laid. Working on the roof coverings now, TPO for the new roof & going to re cover the low slope metal roof seen in the pics with ply & TPO, as I can see problems happening in the future. I had the building inspector out yesterday, he was impressed with my workmanship
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:14 PM   #5
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You have been busy---it is interesting to see the style of framing you used---

Very different that ours--we have heavy snow loads up here.
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:13 AM   #6
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We never have snow here--I have done roofing jobs in snow areas so I have seen the heavy framing that is needed to take the weight.
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:16 AM   #7
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Today's project was to do the tie-in to the existing corrugated metal roof over my office; once I started, I decided to carry on & sort out all its other issues--rusty flashings, leaks, and the draughty, un-insulated area that was originally an outside porch, that someone closed in & made a small hallway to the office. It was also 20mm lower than the office roof framing; that was a bonus since bringing the roofs to the same level allowed more depth for insulation. I also replaced the shingles I removed to lay the TPO.
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Much better---
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I'm not into these smiley faces and all, but looks great, so this pretty well sums up my thoughts...

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Old 01-09-2015, 03:22 AM   #11
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I now have most of the fascia & soffits done, and the house wrap on, despite interruptions to work resulting from the cold faucet in the old kitchen springing a leak; it is now disconnected & the pipe capped since the mechanism is seized--attempts to dismantle for washer replacement a couple of months ago were not successful.
And the neighbour's cat decided to leave its recently born kittens in my spare bedroom while I wasn't looking...had to make 2 separate trips taking them back to the neighbours to be reunited with Mum
I also removed the old laundry window & the wall below to allow access into the new space--the opening will become a linen cupboard later in the project--once the wiring has been rerouted around the opening.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:31 PM   #12
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I now have all the siding done; I reused most of the existing since it was still in good condition. I also had some leftover from when I had the house moved onto the property originally, that I used. I uncovered a few surprises in the existing walls,the worst being that old bathroom window that had been relocated by whoever built the previous addition to the left of it--that is a load bearing wall Also, the original galvanized water pipe for the kitchen sink (abandoned long ago & replaced with copper); and that foam insulation shrunk rather a lot as it cured; thankfully only about 1/4 of the house has it, the rest has fibreglass mostly installed by myself--the foam was a previous owner's project. There's also going to be some extra work dealing with the wall where the house had been cut & then joined back together after being moved.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:32 PM   #14
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Coming along nicely---How old was the original house? 1940s?
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:50 AM   #15
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In post seven, it appears the roof has no ventilation.?
That would make it a hot tin roof.?

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