Week 8

Steel beams are installed.

Temporary walls have been installed inside to hold up the second floor while the new steel beams are installed. There is one long beam installed front to back under the second floor exterior wall. Then they've installed a pair of beams going sideways, under the front-to-back beam. These beams extend further out and land on the new exterior wall below.

The front-to-back beam is being persuaded into place over the side to side beams.

The front-to-back beam is being persuaded into place over the side to side beams.

The steel beam end on a temporary post

The steel beam end on a temporary post

Welding the connections

Welding the connections

The lower beams landing on new interior posts. These are dropped below the ceiling and will get clad with painted wood trim

The lower beams landing on new interior posts. These are dropped below the ceiling and will get clad with painted wood trim

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Ironically, we've had to remove almost all of the older original house due to deteriorating foundation, dry rot and termites, leaving the 1980's second story addition above.

Ironically, we've had to remove almost all of the older original house due to deteriorating foundation, dry rot and termites, leaving the 1980's second story addition above.

Microwaves are required job site equipment

Microwaves are required job site equipment

Week 7

Windows ordered!

This was a complicated order as we had a multitude of different conditions including  varying wall thicknesses, hardware configurations, and window types. Several of the new windows are French style to match the existing original windows removed. These casement pairs have no center stile or post between them when open. They will also come with push-out hardware rather than the typical cranks. Although all the new windows are aluminum clad rather than painted, the exterior trim and sills will be very similar to the old windows, including extended horns (the portion of the sill extending sideways beyond the trim). 

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H'mmm. Nobody has scanned the QR code. And this is in Palo Alto..... Maybe it's because the contractor's truck is always parked in front of it.
H'mmm. Nobody has scanned the QR code. And this is in Palo Alto..... Maybe it's because the contractor's truck is always parked in front of it.