Tag : renovation

7 years ago 0

The renovation at 327 N. McNeil in the Evergreen Historic Distric of Memphis, TN is complete and the buyer just closed.  Its not mine anymore and its always weird knowing that I may never step foot in a house again even though I’ve gone to it practically every day for six months.  The family moving in got a killer house.  If you don’t believe me, check out the video below.  Also, check out the before & after pics on our Facebook page.  Make sure you “Like” our page too if you haven’t already.  On to the next house.

7 years, 1 month ago 0

We’ve picked up the pace on the renovation at 1625 Arcadia in Colonial Acres.  The same can’t be said of how frequently I’m updating the blog.  We are halfway through with the job and I’m just now getting around to writing about this awesome house.  We actually had an offer just as we were finishing demo but decided not to accept it. 

Check out the video.  I didn’t do a before video so this will serve as a good walk through and progress update.

7 years, 2 months ago 0

Here is another quick video update on the 327 N. McNeil renovation in the Evergreen Historic Distric of Memphis, TN.  It’s a pretty dramatic transformation since the last video.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

7 years, 4 months ago 0

We cannot display this galleryThings are starting to take shape out our American Four Square renovation project in the Evergreen Historic District of Memphis.  On the interior, the floors and walls are now closed up so the full effect of our layout changes is now evident.  We’ve laid new plywood subflooring and concrete backer board in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms.  I’ve picked out the tile and bathroom vanities so it won’t be long before those are installed.  With the shower system and tile I’ve picked out for the master bathroom, I gaurantee it will take your breath away the first time you see it.  All the sheetrock work is done.  We have some plaster repairs and trim work to do before we can start the interior painting.  Prior to the sheetrock going up, we insulated the walls in the bathrooms and laundry that had been gutted.  We used a flash coat of closed cell spray foam and went over that with batts.  We also insulated the attic to an R-30 value with new blown-in.

On the exterior, we removed the existing walkway in the rear and re-poured a new one.  I really like the result.  After testing multiple colors for exterior paint, we decided to stick with Sherwin Williams Messenger Bag as the main trim color but changed our mind on the minor trim color.  Instead of Tansy Green, we are going with Sherwin Williams Garden Sage.  These colors are a close match to the colors Four Square style homes were painted when they were originally built, plus it goes well with the light khaki colored vinyl siding the previous homeowner installed.  The exterior is partially painted at the moment.  We have to remove all the storm windows before we can paint the original wood windows.

We would like to wrap this renovation up in four weeks time so we need to pick up the pace just a bit.  After we finish the exterior, all we will need to do on the outside is the landscaping.  The inside is where most of the work is so we are looking forward to another productive week.

 

7 years, 6 months ago 0

Progress is steady at the 327 N. McNeil renovation in the Evergreen Historic Distric of Memphis, TN.  We passed our electrical and gas inspections this week but weren’t so lucky with plumbing.   We should get that taken care of in the coming week along with our mechanical and framing inspections.  Once those are done, we can close everything up, lay down new sub-flooring in the bathrooms and laundry and sheetrock the studded walls.

We filled in the trench dug for the new 1″ main supply line and pressure washed the exterior of the house.  We are starting the exterior paint tomorrow.  After talking to the Memphis Landmarks Commission about typical paint colors for American Four Square style houses, we are going to use Sherwin Williams Messenger Bag for our major trim color.  It’s a brownish green color.  We will use a brighter green around the windows.  We haven’t decided what this color will be but the leading candidate is Tansy Green, also from Sherwin Williams. 

Next week should be busy.  Three inspections to pass, exterior painting, some window work and rearranging the kitchen cabinets.  Then floors and sheetrock as soon as we pass inspections.  Check out the video and let me know what you think.

7 years, 8 months ago 0
Posted in: Contractors

Of course roofers cut corners! Not all roofing companies do as there are plenty of contractors that do everything by the book and are very professional. Unfortunately, there are some who will try to pull the wool over your eyes. The roof decking presents one of the easiest opportunities for roofers to cut corners.
In the pictures below, you see a couple of examples of this. The first shows a hole chewed in the decking by squirrels. The damaged section should have been cut out and replaced but you can see the felt underlayment is already being laid in the attempt to cover the blemish.
In the other two pictures, you can see where damaged sections of the decking where cut out but not replaced. This is a potentially life threatening corner to cut. Imagine walking on a roof a stepping on a spot with no decking. Next thing you know, you are face down in attic insulation or you’ve tumbled off your roof.
The best way to prevent the roofer from doing this to you is to walk the roof after all the existing materials have been removed but before any new materials are applied. You will be able to see any damaged spots and feel if any of the decking is weak or spongy. If you are afraid of heights, inspect from the ground with a pair of binoculars and have the roofer take pictures of the decking, especially around chimneys and valleys. Also, inspect the decking from the attic. Look for water stains. Turn off all the lights to see if sunlight is coming through anywhere, then inspect those areas.
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