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Day 8

Day 8

Another slow day, however there was at least some progress. The sewer line was located and capped just inside the property line today, officially marking the end of demolition. A line was pulled along the east side of the property to mark the height of the first floor and to provide a constant reference to...
Day 7

Day 7

After meeting with the demo/shoring/excavation/concrete contractor in the morning (Jason), he agreed that the existing 100 year old retaining walls need to be replaced. Jason’s second in command, Jeff, came back to survey the situation. Details of the existing conditions have been sent to the civil engineer so that he can determine what will be...
Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

Good Friday and Easter Weekend meant no work… but, I’m posting a time lapse anyway. Enjoy the shadows moving!
Day 6

Day 6

The final foundation was pulled out and the last few piles of debris are gone. So, we are down to dirt … and a utility pole. We might need to replace the wood fence you see at the bottom of the video and the white fence you see on the left of the video before...
Day 5

Day 5

After meeting with Jason in the morning, the newly discovered east property wall took all of about 30 minutes to tear out.  Turns out the wall was lacking a footer, so it wasn’t holding anything in place.  Watching the video, it doesn’t look like much happened – but a lot actually did.  The east wall...
Day 4

Day 4

Another day of good progress thanks to there being two trucks again.  At the end of the day, the last two pony walls in the east-middle house are gone, the driveway is gone, the front house basement walls are gone, and the rear house foundation (pad) is gone. The demo guys still haven’t touched the...
Day 3

Day 3

No site work was done on Saturday or Sunday, but it was back in full swing today.  Friday we only had a single truck making runs to the dump, today we had two.  Debris seems to disappear much faster with two trucks as there is a lot less downtime for the excavator operator. The demo...
Demolition Day 2

Demolition Day 2

Turns out four houses sitting on 1/4 acre of land that is 65-70% covered in concrete takes more than a day to demo and clear.  Material has to be sorted (debris, clean concrete, bricks, recyclables, etc), loaded in to separate trucks, and taken to different places.  For example, the clean concrete goes to a crusher...
Demolition has begun!

Demolition has begun!

After a little over four years (1,616 days – but who’s counting?) of planning, fighting with the city, public hearings, and legal battles – we have finally broken ground on our house.  Ok, to be fair we knocked down the old house, but its a start!  We had a crowd of about 20-30 neighbors watching...