Making the half house whole

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 add floor space was irresistible. The extra half-storey will add value and help pay some of the bills, which are probably major. What I don’t get is why the other side didn’t get the same treatment. It has been unoccupied for two years, so this would seem like the perfect time to do it.

Here’s a “before” shot.

If you missed earlier posts about the half house story, the removal was made necessary when a basement lowering operation went disastrously wrong.

A brief Corley Avenue update

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. More likely, I think, is a different design and, pehaps, an additional storey. Time will tell.

The other house I have been following from the beginning is the pied á terre that Rob is building for himself, with the help of his son Josh.

The windows are in, in time to make for comfortable finishing inside during the winter months.

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