We are now installing our base sheet in preparation for the torch applied roofing system Continue reading »

Once the rough framed opening is prepared, we install a tapered shim over the top of the rough sill to give our water proofing and the pan fall to the exterior of the house. The green material around the opening is primer that will enhance the adhesive on the back of our peal and stick water proofing.

The second step in preparing the window and door pans for water proofing is installing the pan itself. The pan in a lot of installations is usually galvanized metal due to economics but he preferred materials are copper and stainless steel.

Once the pan is installed, an additional strip of rubberized peal and stick water proofing is run up the sides of the window and door openings to insure that water does not get under the pan flashing at the base of the opening. I won’t get into the other water proofing details around the window and door opening at this time.

It is all ways good practice to install a drainage course to allow water to escape out of a window or door pan. The gray vertical strip under the window sill is a corrugated piece of plastic designed to be placed under stucco, metal or wood siding.

Now that the concrete has been poured, and the expansion joints have been cut into the concrete, we wil protect our finish concrete surfaces with drywall. Then, we will start the wood framing phase of the project.

The use of the open web truss system greatly increases the flexibility and speed  to install the HVAC duct work and other utility’s, it also allows  you almost eliminate  the drilling and cutting that you would need to do with conventional lumber. The down side to the open web system is the defection you feel under your feet as you walk over longer spans at the upper floor levels. We were able to eliminate the defection by installing 1 7/8” thick used scaffolding planks as our finished floor surface on the 2nd floors.  Continue reading »

Mar 122012

Setting the steel beam at the back building

Now that we have completed the installation of the mud sill at the front and back buildings, we will now start standing the walls for the fist floor framing.

Feb 272012

The structural steel in the foundation system is complete and the moisture barrier is in place. We are ready to pour the concrete int our foundation system.


The over excavation and re-compaction is now completed. The compaction report has been submitted to the city for approval and we are moving forward on layout of the building foundations for the construction of our clients new home!

Feb 142012

Day four of construction: This is the over excavation and re-compaction of the site in preparation for the building foundation. The project is on schedule. In three days we will be starting the construction of the foundations for the new home.

Demolition: The first day of demolition at the Vernon project. We began demolishing a 1927 Sears and Roebuck and Company Mail Order Home called The Crescent.

The Crescent home model numbers 3084 and 3086  originally sold for  $1,704.00 to $2,039.00.

From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 – 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers. (An outhouse could be purchased separately for Goldenrod and similar cottage dwellers.) Customers could choose a house to suit their individual tastes and budgets.

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