From my understanding, it can be a lot more complicated to renovate a home than to build an entirely new one. You never know what to expect in an old home and sometimes it's easier to start from scratch than to modify something that already exists. Add to that, all the permits and additional structural evaluations and inspections...and well, you get a slow process.
We feel so fortunate that we are getting a renovated older home, but we are not in charge of navigating the logistics of any of it. Community Housing Partners takes care of all of that, as a part of the affordable housing program we are participating in. We still get to have some input and we'll get to help with choosing finishes, but the important work is handled by professionals (you know, the parts that have a lot more to do with making sure the building is safe and all the proper things are supported and/or up-to-date). Our new home needs such extensive renovations to convert it into a single family home, that I wouldn't have the slightest idea of where to start!
It has been a quiet several weeks over at the new house. We were caught up in a whirlwind of illnesses and trying to catch up on work that was put of as a result of said illnesses. It was probably for the best that nothing was happening - we really didn't have the time or energy to put in any work hours at the house.
However, this week, a major point of progress took place! The steel beam went up in the main living area! This beam was needed to replace the load bearing wall that once confined the kitchen. It is set into the rafters, so once the ceiling drywall is repaired, you will not be able to see it. It went in on Tuesday/Wednesday and the remaining kitchen walls came out! Woohoo! The main living area is entirely opened up now!
In the basement, towards the front of the home, the floor joists had to be removed to properly enclose the crawlspace underneath. It is possible that this area will end up having a concrete slab beneath it instead of encapsulated crawl space. We have not heard from our agent/contractor which method they decided to use. Either way, the moisture issues under this part of the home will be resolved and some of the walls will be re-positioned. This shows the wall dividing Tochterchen's room and the hallway. It's not easy at age six to imagine your very own room when it has no walls, floors, or ceilings. But thankfully, our ever optimistic little lady is excited none-the-less!
We should learn more next week about where things are with all the work permits, which will allow things to start moving forward for real. I'm under the impression that all the plans are decided, we are just in the sometimes lengthy and messy process of securing all the needed work permits before work can begin.
It's a good thing I love a good project!