Archive for July, 2010

July 30th, 2010 - 10:16 pm § in Blog Posts, Construction

Framing progress, Lexington

We’ve almost completed framing of the basement. Marvin worked with our electrician Carlos to move the existing electric access panel closer to the wall – we’ve installed it between two studs so it will be flush with the future wall (we’ll of course create a little door for fu[...]

July 30th, 2010 - 10:05 pm § in Construction

French door opening

Here are before and after pictures of the door opening. Marvin will be framing for and installing the new ThermaTru french door on Monday.[...]

July 30th, 2010 - 10:02 pm § in Blog Posts

Retaining wall and patio in Lexington

The 500 s/f Allan Block retaining wall has been completed. We’ve excavated the land at the back of the house to make room for the new french doors and a new patio and terraced retaining walls. We’ll be using the Cambridge MaytRx wall system and Sherwood Ledgestone IV pavers. We uncovered[...]

July 23rd, 2010 - 6:21 pm § in Blog Posts

Wall framing begins

Marvin began framing the bathroom walls. It’s a little challenging because the existing concrete walls are not plum. He’ll install the windows tomorrow…[...]

July 23rd, 2010 - 6:17 pm § in Blog Posts

Plumbing work

The plumbers have been working this week. They took out the old bathroom plumbing (including sewer) and replaced with new. The layout of the bathroom has changed as well as its size. We’re also upgrading the water lines per inspectors request. The home had 3/4″ lines and 1/2″ hot w[...]

July 22nd, 2010 - 11:33 pm § in Blog Posts, Construction, Masonry

Retaining wall progress

We’re making progress on the Allan Block retaining wall. We’ve begun setting the block over a bed of compacted 3/4″ stone. We placed the first course of geogrid atop the first course of block. Each course of block is filled with 3/4″ stone and 12″ of stone as backfill. [...]

July 22nd, 2010 - 11:31 pm § in Blog Posts, Concrete

Concrete floor poured

Today we poured the basement floor. We finished it smooth and will be staining and sealing it in 28 days. Prior to pouring we inserted a waterproofing membrane along the perimeter and up the walls. We also laid a moisture barrier along the floor.[...]

July 21st, 2010 - 8:29 pm § in Blog Posts, Construction

Openings in concrete walls – windows, doors – Lexington

The openings have been cut, bathroom plumbing complete, floor prepped for concrete pour… Tomorrow we’ll be pouring the floor. The windows have arrived at Harvey Building Products and we’ll pick those up tomorrow as well. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to start framing for them to[...]

July 21st, 2010 - 8:22 pm § in Blog Posts

Allan Block Wall Construction, Lexington

Once the massive tree was removed we were able to dig our trench. The trench will be 70 feet long and 5 feet deep to accommodate for the wall block and back fill. Because this is a larger wall (6′ high) we’ll be using geo grid to reinforce the soil. Once the trench is dug […][...]

July 21st, 2010 - 8:04 pm § in Blog Posts, Landscaping

Tree Removal, Lexington

On Monday we removed a large tree in the center of the back yard. Marvin climbed the 70 foot tree and started cutting the top branches. He moved his way down (sharing sporadic monkey noises as he cut) until only the tree trunk was left. He then tied a rope and Alex pulled while Marvin […][...]