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Old 05-04-2010, 01:08 AM   #1
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:05 AM   #2
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So it begins...

A quick background:
In December of 08 my 2 brothers and myself purchased a 2 unit Victorian house in the "Western Addition" of San Francisco, AKA North of Panhandle. We plan on completely renovating the building. In addition to the top to bottom makeover, we will be adding a garage, and a new living room for the lower unit.

Don't expect a hole lot of writing from me... Its not that I completely hate writing (only mostly) it's that I am not any good at it, and it takes too much time to write detailed explanations.
So, instead of text, this thread will Mostly consist of pictures... (insert some sentence about 1000 words per picture here)
So to being, here are some pictures of the interior of the 2nd floor unit.
I don't have any exterior shots yet, but if you want to see it, use Google's street view. The address is 639 Central Ave, SF, CA.. (Its directly to the right of the big green house)

Dining Room




Kitchen










Pantry


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Center Bedroom




Front Bedroom




Office


Attic


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Old 05-07-2010, 11:17 AM   #4
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So, after seeing those pictures, you might be saying to your self, "self, that place already looks like its remodeled.... whats wrong with it?"
Well there isn't anything wrong with it, but the finishes are cheep, and the layout is terrible.... so on with the renovation.

First up, Chimney Demo:
We needed to demolish the unused chimney in order to move forward with the install of central heating. (Thats right... there is no heat in the house)

This is day 2... On Day one we took the chimney down through the roof to the attic floor, then patched the hole.
Day 2 consisted of demolishing from the attic floor to the 2nd level's floor

The only way to remove the bricks was to bucket them down the stairs to the back yard... With a little help it didn't take too long to finish.



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More Chimney Demolition

Well Alec, our father and Myself spent the better part of they day demolishing the rest of the Chimney.
We started at the floor of the second level and worked our way through the walls all the way down to the basement.
The reason we had to go through the walls is because at this point we had renters in the lower unit, and did not want to deal with them... so it was just easier to work through the walls.

Let the pictures begin.


Thats me on top, Alec below my feet, and my dad taking the picture from the attic.










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Great thread! Thanks for posting all the pictures too.
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you ears will be leaking soot for a week
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you ears will be leaking soot for a week
Not just the ears....
We cried black tears of joy when we finished (Literally black tears there was so much soot.)
And even though we had masks on... we had some good looking snots.
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Next we installed an attic ladder
I think this is all pretty self explanatory... but in case you don't get it, we need storage space in this house and the attic is absolutely the perfect place to do it.

enjoy the pictures.

Can u guess what this is?


The Lay Out



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When actually installing the ladder we need all three of us handling it... so there isn't any pictures of the actual install... but let me tell ya, it was no easy task.








And the final product.


Please ignore the changed trim and doors... I will get to that later.
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ell for better or worse, we have decided to significantly change the layout of the upper unit.

With this change comes an onslaught of remolding.

When all said and done we will have one less window, two less walls, three less doors, a ton of cabinets, and a whole lot of counter space… Not to mention a living space that will be brought into the 21st century.



First Things First… Out with the old

Removing the Old Cabinets

I tried to sell the cabinets to the neighbor who has an identical house and was currently in the middle of a kitchen remodel... but no dice.







Now that we have got the cabinets out of the way, it was time to start on the walls.

I’ve got to say…. Demolishing stuff is a hell of a lot faster than putting it all back together. Plus, it’s a lot more fun…

Can you guess what’s around the corner?






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Unfortunately when only working with one or two other people there is a lack of extra hands to take pictures.

So, much to my dismay I am going to have to explain what’s going on here.

From the last picture in my last post to the below pictures we did the following:

o Removed all the Plaster

o Removed all the Lath

o Removed all the electrical

o Removed the 3 doors

o Removed the 3 Door Frames

o Cut out all the studs for the wall on the right

o Cut out all but 2 of the studs for the wall on the left

o Using Ply Wood, we turned the wall on the left into a giant Box Beam

o Supported the wall on the left with a temporary stud

o Cut out the fist of the two remaining studs

o Now we arrived at the picture below where we are cutting out the final original stud leaving our temporary support stud







Once the last original support beam was removed, we fastened our final new support beam to the underside of the wall.


Once we were sure that the wall wasn’t going to come crashing down, we removed our temporary support beam and this is the result.


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Great works, guys! Cannot believe that you can do many things like that by yourself ^^
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Now that we have successfully removed the two walls, it was time to start working on the other side of the kitchen.

First we rebuilt a little wing wall that will cover the fridge so you can’t see it from the hall.


Next we demolished the chimney opening and all the plaster and lath on the back wall




We then spent a good deal of time moving the gas pipe from the bottom left of this picture


To the top right of this picture (it’s the shiny thing you can kind of make out)

Notice the ladder in the hole... we had to climb up there to notch some blocking and secure the pipe.

This hole ended up becoming a garbage chute for construction debris... It was convenient at the time, but made a huge mess in the basement that was really difficult to sort through later.
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Now that the chimney walls have been taken out, we went ahead and added a cold water line that will be used for an Ice maker in a freezer.

We then filled the hole in the floor and framed out the wall to make it perfectly flat.

The wall on the right was recessed about 1.5" from the wall on the left....
So with some 2x4s and some shims, we made it all nice and even.


Once we finished framing the wall, we demolished the built in pantry.


Since the ceiling plaster had lots of cracks, and was incredibly uneven, we decided that we would take down all the plaster and put up fresh sheet rock….
We left all the lath on because the previous owner had insulation blown into the attic, and we had no desire to pay for another round of insulation, nor cleanup a huge mess.

This is the mess that resulted from that decisions











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