Blog Cabin 2013: Early Days of the Remodeling Process

In late 2012, Blog Cabin 2013 is lifted off its tree-stump foundation in preparation for a new foundation. Several additions are removed and the home is prepared for a near-gut renovation.

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The original stoop for the master bedroom exterior door will be replaced by a small covered porch.

The kitchen addition and mid-height flashing in the location of the original porch are visible from the front of the house. The porch had partially protected the finish of lower shakes, which were once painted red.

The shingles above the porch line are not in plane with the shingles below the porch line, and sheathing behind the chimney was at one time only taller than the first-story roof. Both discoveries served as indicators that the second floor was an addition.

The mechanical room was slightly below adjacent grade and showed signs of flood damage. Building and potential how-to project materials were salvaged from this room.

The remodeling team could not salvage the home’s chimneys in the lift (no liners, cracking, leaking, etc.). Building materials sourced from chimneys inscribed "BUILT JULY 1895 BY PAKE" will be worked into how-to projects. “Pake” is a local family name.

An old clothesline post, inscribed with the date May 25, 1973, was discovered southwest of the home, under two large trees.

Prior to demolition of the kitchen addition, wood flooring was removed and stored away for use in the home renovation.

The home’s original tree-stump foundation was protected from the elements by natural pine sap.

Painted wall shingles mark the location of the home’s kitchen addition.

The property features persimmon trees as well as fruit-bearing bushes that are located near the water’s edge.

A window box planted with garlic was salvaged; garlic plants may make their way into an outdoor garden project.

The remains of the former kitchen addition are piled high. All usable materials were salvaged and will be used in how-to and decorating projects.

The kitchen and porch, too damaged to repair, are removed.

Water infiltration at the chimney location provided a perfect climate for termites.

An HVAC return line is visible in the area where the mechanical room once stood. Distribution ductwork was run underneath the house, a flood-prone, damp, humid environment. The home’s new system will employ a combination of techniques to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), including ductless construction and above-flood-elevation placement.

Blog Cabin 2013 is roughly framed (in the oldest portion) as 2" x 6" x 7' studs on each side of a window or door opening with horizontal infill nailers for the exterior siding. In some areas the studs are 32" apart. The right-side stud shown (at the location of the leaking chimney) is rotten and the "panel" of siding is falling off. Superstorm Sandy removed a few additional pieces.

The existing driveway entrance to the house/porch was removed in preparation for construction and will be rebuilt as part of the new porch.