"The Before Picture"
This addition will be a very extensive project,
and is expected to last seven months. Construction
is scheduled to begin 3/25/02. The basement is
mostly unfinished with several closets for storage.
The new main floor will include a large kitchen with
granite countertops, oversized breakfast room, mud
room, and a 15' x 20' family room. Renovation of the
existing main floor will build a much needed powder
room in place of the existing kitchen, and add area to
the dining room. A new master bedroom on the
second floor will have a large walkin closet, several
smaller closets, and a new master bathroom. The roof
and gutters will also be replaced during construction.
Drawn by Sharon Washburn FAIA, 301-656-5510 the
architect on the job, this shows the extent of
the addition, nearly doubling the existing house.
Excavation is near completion, even
with all the rain. More than 120
cubic yards of dirt were hauled off site.
The ditches have been dug,
ready for the footers to
The footers are in, and the
foundation is rising up.
Concrete is being dumped from a
wheel barrow load at a time to form
The exterior brick face has been
applied to the foundation. The door
and window openings are supported
by massive steel "T" beams.
Carpenters check that the foundation
is square and level, everything
"checks out". The next step is to
install a sill sealer insulation and
to start the wood sill plates.
This is the start of the first floor
framing. The job is now "out of the ground".
The next milestone will be
"under roof and weather tight".
Dave and Julio, the lead carpenters have
framed the first floor and are starting
the walls. The floors are framed with
engineered lumber to make the long clear
spans without any deflection. Conventional
framing is normally designed with a
deflection of 1/360, engineered floor
lumber designed deflection for this job
is 1/480. These floors will be strong.
1st and 2nd floors are framed
with the exterior walls ready
for the roof framing.