I am surprised and pleased to see that an effort is being made to restore the shape of the old building, at least to the extent of completing the front peaked roof. The design looks pretty good, to me. The pair of semidetached homes will continue to fit the street. Of course, the opportunity to … Read moreMaking the half house whole
It’s been just over two years since a basement-lowering mishap compromised the structure so badly that one half of the semi-detached house had to be completely removed. Families on both sides had to vacate. On my soggy walk today, I saw the replacement being framed in. Sensibly, the new construction is wearing a raincoat.
For any of you who have been following the saga of the collapsed house on Corley Avenue, a new sign reveals a plan … I’ve seen this done on semi-detached bungalows, where the owner on one side adds a second storey. The remaining half looks like a lean-to. Not great. If I were the owner … Read moreNews about the Corley half-house
We’d heard good things, which turned out to be true. The smoked meat here is absolutely delicious. Brian, Danica and I were on our first visit, so we filled a butcher paper-covered tray with stuff we could share and sample. What you see here is 3 half-pound servings of meat and 2 of the side … Read moreLunch: Beach Hill Smokehouse
It’s better-than-expected news. Half of the semi can be saved, according to a workman on the site. The unsalvageable side is finally down, leaving an odd, half-peaked side. Surely it won’t remain that way. [Earlier post] I hope that the missing half will be rebuilt, restoring the whole. Porch pillars for the demolished home are … Read moreUpdate: The cracked house on Corley
A crew was called in to pour 4 feet of concrete into the basement, covering the washing machine and everything else down there. That’s just to stabilize everything enough to permit removal of upstairs furnishings and appliances. A renovator’s attempt to lower the basement has proved disastrous. The compromised structure probably cannot be saved. Will … Read moreA sad update about that Corley house
Some readers are following developments of two houses on Corley avenue. The first, an innovative build that began with a special foundation technique. The pied à terre uses only the space formerly occupied by a double garage. With the stucco now on, it’s becoming rather elegant. For handy reference, here’s the lot before building began. … Read moreCorley Avenue progress reports
First, signs of activity at the Corley Half House now extend to the arrival of a porta-potty. The concrete that was poured through the basement window to stabilize the now-removed portion has been dug out and carted off. It will be interesting to see if the missing half is restored to match the remaining half. … Read moreA brief Corley Avenue update