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Corley Avenue progress reports

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.

Finally, progress on the Corley “half house”

Nearly two years after a basement-lowering went wrong, new foundations are going in where half of the semi-detached building had to be removed. The side that wasn’t demolished had to be evacuated, so two families were displaced. I can only guess that insurance claims and responsibilities had to be sorted out before repairs and reconstruction could begin.

I’ve been following the story since it started. Nice to see some action. Now I am curious to see what will replace the missing side.

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.

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.

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.

Drama pours from Beach Hill

Innovative foundation forms mentioned here earlier were slated for filling with concrete on Wednesday, but a burst water main blew that plan. The rescheduled Thursday pour had its moments of drama, too.


 Once the Golfview sinkhole mess cleared, a pumper truck was parked near the foundation forms. Its huge, articulated boom can swing a pipe full of liquid concrete to any part of the site. A cement mixer truck fills the pumper.

Two cement trucks, actually. One couldn’t hold enough concrete, so once the first one has emptied itself, another one takes its place.

The idea is to have a continuous, monolithic pour. Timing matters, so there was a period of dramatic tension, waiting for the second truck. It was delayed in Kingston Road traffic.

After a bit of a nail-biter, the pour was completed and everything turned out fine.

Comic relief

dick-putz Dick and Putz? Really?