This page contains galleries of structures that we have had to re-build for one reason or another. These are basically every home owner’s worst nightmare.
Crash!Long story short, someone hit the accelerator instead of the brake, jumped the parking block, and crashed into the store front.
The picture doesn't really do justice to the amound of damage caused. The brick facade only shifted an inch or so, but the block wall behind the brick, and the old aluminum framed glass had buckled pretty badly.
This picture also does not do justice to the damage that was done, but you can see they had a bunch of shelving that used to be filled with product. All of which was destroyed.
Again, this picture doesn't show it too well, but the doors were thrown out of whack and no longer work properly.
With everything temporarily supported, we removed all of the damaged wall, and built temp walls to secure everything during construction.
Here is a shot after we removed all the damaged masonry and chipped off all the old mortar for the new block knee wall.
With the new block wall built and filled with concrete, we set the track for the new metal framed wall.
The wall is framed, and we're almost done hanging the sheathing.
Here you can see the sheathing is hung, and the new door is in.
Roxul brand mineral wool insulation throughout.
This is a shot of us laminating new shelving back at the warehouse.
The new shelving installed.
The Finished WallStill to be done at a later date is new flooring and base moulding.
On the outside it's 2" of foam and Dryvit to finish it all off. Now all they need is a new sign, but that's up to another contractor.
This is a store front that we re-built after a car crashed into it.
Under the ShowerThis was the grizzly scene beneath the shower pan. We believe that the drain has been leaking scince the addition was built, and was the main cause of the mold.
Under the Closet FloorThe mold was originally noticed on the baseboard in the closet next to the bathroom. Once we pulled the baseboard and cut into the floor, we knew we were in for a "fun" few weeks.
White Fuzzy PuffsThis is a shot of what the rim joist looked like. At this point we realized the exterior wall would have to be cut out and replaced.
Rotted LedgerShown here is the floor joist ledger board that was anchored to the main home's foundation. It hasn't been doing much for a while, as the floor joists are pretty much completely rotted away.
Outside!!Here is a shot from outside the house, after we pulled off some of the siding and sheathing. As you can see, the mold made it to the other side of the rim joist. What is not shown here, is the mold that crept up the sheathing.
Gone Finally!!As you can see in this photo, everything has been cut out and removed. The temp walls are up, the foundation stem walls have been cleaned, and the only remaining demolition is the rest of the exterior wall. It felt good to be mold free.
Let the Re-build Begin!Shown here is the new mud sill and rim joist. We left the old exterior wall up until the new floor framing was in to block the icy February wind.
Re-built and InsulatedAll of the new floor joists are in, and the unconditioned part has been insulated with several layers of 2" XPS.
Moving AlongAt this point, we have the sub-floor down, exterior wall built and partially insulated, interior partition walls up, and most importantly, the exterior door back in. This was great for us because the average temperature during this project was 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit!
Finished!Finally after long last, the project is complete. You can see the threshold where we spliced the new flooring into the old. Pretty good match in color and style.
New BathroomStep inside the new, mold-free bathroom!
Shower StallThis is the new shower stall we installed. Nothing too fancy, but I guarantee this one doesn't leak!!
This is a DIY addition originally built in ’05 that we had to re-build a good chunk of due to water damage and mold.
Rotten FramingWe started this job taking down a second floor deck that was on the verge of collapse. As you can see there was some damage to the framing.
This doesn't look good.This is a close-up of what is left of the second floor rim joist. On top of water damage, there appears to be some insect damage as well.
"Looking down the rabbit hole."Here is a peek down behind the siding, at what should be, a structural header. Needless to say, it doesn't look too structural any more!
Ants!!Once we stripped back more of the siding, we found an active colony of carpenter ants.
DaylightThe ants ate completely through the plates above the door header.
Where does it end?Yet another structural header completely destroyed by water and ants.
This is a hold up!At this point there was no question we needed to put in some temporary bracing to hold up the secong floor. Luckily on this side of the house, the second floor is basically a loft.
The end is nearBasically all of the framing around where the deck was completely compromised, and needed to be replaced.
Moving inAfter we pulled off what was left of the rim joist, we discovered the ants had moved into the ends of the floor joists.
Like NewFinally the framing has been re-built, and we can button it back up.
Sealed UpHere is a look at the finished product. New vinyl siding replaces the old aluminum and T1-11.