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Blog series by Tooch updated 05-14-2019 03:24 PM 10 parts 13236 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning

05-16-2018 02:59 PM by Tooch | 1 comment »

First of all, I wanted to start by saying that these posts are happening well later than the actual events occurred, roughly 6-7 months later for the beginning posts and 2 months after the final pictures. In the summer, I was able to refinance my current Mortgage loan (which had about 18 yrs left on it) down to a 15 yr loan at a fixed interest rate of 3.00%. With that refinancing, I took out additional money based on the current equity I had in my house. Because I bought my home on forec...

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Part 2: Excavation & Upper shell

05-16-2018 04:36 PM by Tooch | 4 comments »

So it didn’t take long for the contractors to get this swimming pool dug. I came home from work, walked around to the back of my house, and saw this. For now, they just dropped all of the dirt into this big pile. I guess we’ll deal with that later. The concrete was busted up and set to the side, awaiting a “clean fill” dumpster to be delivered. Also, the walls and roof of the second floor were built. For now, this roof is covered with tar paper and th...

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Part 3: Interior framing upstairs

05-16-2018 05:31 PM by Tooch | 3 comments »

While the ladder was ratchet strapped to the house, I climbed up onto the roof and snuck into the 2nd floor addition to check out the interior framing and see how everything looks. It’s so tough to tell what the size will really be when you are just looking at a computer screen or pictorial rendering of the print. The overall exterior size of the master suite is a little over 16’x21’. because of the stairs, walls, closets, etc., we should have a bedroom that is about 12&#...

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Part 4: Footer and Foundation work

05-17-2018 02:24 PM by Tooch | 2 comments »

So the last post was regarding the 2nd floor, but this post will show how the footer and foundation was built. AFter the frame for the footer was built, I hung outside of my old back door to snap a few pictures: I had loaded up the base with some modified limestone and compacted it down for the workers to pour the concrete footer. I figured that they would havea concrete truck come in and shoot the footer and floor all at once, but they actually mixed the concrete up themselves....

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Part 5: Removing Bricks

05-18-2018 04:16 PM by Tooch | 4 comments »

In my last post there were lots of pictures of the footer and foundation, as well as the new roof. Now that is taken care of, we can start prepping to enclose the structure. Step 1 is cutting the brick line and removing the exterior bricks. For now, we still have a large clean fill pile in the backyard, so we will be pitching all of the busted brick there for now. We started with 2 vertical cuts through the brick layer, one on teh left most extent and one to the right. Next we will ...

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Part 6: Framing/Enclosing the new kitchen

12-12-2018 12:48 AM by Tooch | 7 comments »

So before I start, some full disclosure: We are far more along on our project than what I am posting now. In fact, most of these pictures are from exactly 1 year ago today. Makes it very interesting to take a look back and see how much progress we’ve made, and just how much can be done in a year’s time. The first step (no pun intended) was to frame in the new floor so we could have access to our back door again. Then the plywood went down over top of the floor joi...

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Part 7: Insulating and final demo (I think)

12-13-2018 01:16 AM by Tooch | 8 comments »

So after a few weeks the windows and new back door finally came in and we were able to get the big holes in our house filled in. This meant we could get the mechanicals put in the walls and insulate around them. We had a minor setback of needing to get a mini split system put into our 2nd floor master suite, which set us back about $4k. Apparently our furnace was big enough to go upstairs but our ductwork was not. Here’s a view of the inside of the new bedroom. Notice...

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Part 8: Hanging Drywall And Painting

05-13-2019 02:02 PM by Tooch | 10 comments »

For the next few days I will be proctoring Keystone (PA Standardized) Tests, so I figured I can catch up a bit on posting the progress of our Addition project. The last time I posted, we had a small victory of getting the First floor kitchen opened up and insulation installed in the new kitchen/dining room and new bedroom upstairs. We were able to take the Zipwall down and were able to get a good glimpse into what the future would hold. Here’s a view from the opposite corner:...

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Part 9: Installing Kitchen Cabinets

05-14-2019 01:17 PM by Tooch | 6 comments »

As of the end of the last post, we ended with painting the Kitchen walls. Today’s post will reflect mostly the challenges faced when installing the Cabinets. First, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I purchased these cabinets from Lowe’s. Although I thought that I could easily make cabinets for a fraction of the cost (as evidenced by this miter saw station ), the overall scope of the addition project led me to feel like I had enough work to do, and building cabinets w...

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Part 10: Sub panel and New Flooring

05-14-2019 03:24 PM by Tooch | 3 comments »

So I never got to post where all of the new electric was coming from for the Range, Fridge, mini-split, all the outlets, etc. Knowing that we were going to add on to our house, we decided to update our electric to a 200 amp panel a few years prior. The contractors were able to pull enough to run a subpanel in the new storage room in the basement. To give a better idea of the location, here is an old picture of what the outside used to look like. The Glass block that is circled would become...

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