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Corley construction updates

Rob and Josh appear to be right on schedule, building their house on Corley. October was to be stucco month and there it is, going on. [Blog history]

The other place on the street I’ve been following is the one I call the Corley Half House. It’s been nearly two years since occupants of both sides of the semi-detached homes had to be evacuated. A basement-lowering mishap on the missing side necessitated complete removal of that side. The other side remains standing, but still empty.

At last, there is evidence of activity on the site. Cleaning up the foundation will be interesting. Shortly after the initial collapse, a crew was called in to pour 4 feet of concrete through the basement windows, to stabilize things before the compromised side was completely torn down. Workers said everything in the basement … furnace, appliances, etc., would be encased. Now, I guess it all has to be dug out … carefully.

Time to rename?

I’ve been referring to the developing house on Corley as a pied-à-terre but now that it’s up more than two storeys, perhaps deux-pieds-à-terre would be more suitable.

The part above the second storey is not another storey, but a short shelter area, only 6 feet or so high. Perhaps it will serve as a covering over a stairway to a top deck. That would be kinda neat. It would feel like a tree fort up there.

Above: A reminder of what used to occupy the space.

Oops. Another stop work order

Perhaps Danica and I weren’t the only ones surprised to see signs of another floor being added to the pied à terre being built on Corley. The building inspector has ordered work to stop (again), according to posted notices.

We’ve been following the construction since the beginning and we like the builders, Rob and his son Josh, so we hope the delay will be brief. Whatever the reason for the stop work order, we wish Rob good luck and we’ll continue to follow the story with interest.

 

Corley updates

After a fast start, work on the interesting little infill house on Corley Avenue suddenly stopped. I thought builders Rob and his son Josh might have taken a sunny holiday break.

Red tape illustrated by Bill

No such luck. I bumped into them the other day at the Flying Pony. Red tape is the reason for the hold up. It’s not a story that reflects well on our city inspection game, but I won’t bore you with the details. Good luck, Rob and Josh. Patience.

There’s even less to report on the Corley half-house. The part that had to be removed after a disastrous basement-lowering remains unrestored and the remaining side continues to be unoccupied.

Blue tarps on Corley

It looks smaller, all buttoned up in plywood and blue-tarped on top. Yes, plywood, not chipboard. Quality all the way. (Previous view)

The little pied à terre will regain its appearance of size when the window and door openings appear. Meanwhile, it’s keeping the snow out and work can continue inside.

Blue tarps also cover the wall at the unfortunate building up the street on Corley. No one is going to be home for Christmas on either side, even though one half of the semi-detached house appears secure.

The foundation failed last January, during a renovation attempt, so it has taken nearly a year to get this far. I notice that the porch pillars are gone now from the missing house. I thought they might have been salvageable, but no. (Previous view)

Up they go

nudura-risingContinued from earlier post …

Shooting to be ready for a concrete pour next week, father and son team Rob and Josh are well into their Nudura insulated foam block foundation project.

This is their first time using the product, but both men are experienced in construction. Rob also mentioned assistance that would not have been available, not so long ago. If there are questions, they get answers by snapping cellphone photos and texting to Nudura advisors.

See the grey metal strips at the base of the forms? That’s steel railing bolted to the concrete pad. It will hold the sides in place when heavy liquid concrete is poured in from the top. Reinforcing rods are already inside the forms, held in place by plastic spacers.