Custom Built Bungalow

The customers for this project had been living in what I like to refer to as a 'Keswick Special'. That's a house that started it's life as a seasonal cottage, most likely built in the 1930's or 40's. Over time, subsequent generations of owners did a little bit of insulating here, added a room there, closed in the covered porch and before you knew it, real estate agents were marketing these places as ' quaint homes with rustic charm' to first time buyers. . .

So much for rustic charm. Far exceeding it's life expectancy, it was time to knock down the old place and make way for a new home.

Where the old cottage stood only a few days before, the new foundation is well under way. Plumbing drains, sump well and footings are all in. Note how there is no mud or other debris on the concrete footings. That way, there can be a more positive bond between them and the foundation walls. The footings are also wider than the minimum requirements.

The basement walls nearing completion. I designed the basement so that the windows are at a comfortable height - allowing an actual view from the basement and to have more natural light coming in.

With all the walls framed up, it's time for the roof trusses. Note the use of all spruce plywood - walls, floor and roof. And, I always use galvanized spiral nails to fasten the sheathing. Not only are they less likely to rust, but they really 'bite' into the wood, holding better now and over time.

Everything is closed in and windows installed. See that gray stuff on the walls? That's called 'House Wrap' and is designed to keep air movement out of the walls and water from getting in. The product does 'breath', allowing any moisture on the inside to escape. It's also UV protected. The building code only requires that this product be used to wrap where the floor meets the bottom of the walls, but I always use it on all exterior walls. For a mere $200 added to the cost of a house this size, it's well worth it!

The vinyl siding going on.

All done. The homeowner elected to build the front porch at a later time, so the board had to be put across the front door for safety.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have!