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    So, Hurricane Matthew did this to our home:







    The pine extended the length of the house, over the crown and through onto an addition that was made in 1968. The branches pierced the ceiling.
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    So, first we had to get the insurance stuff done. It only cost $2800 to get the trees off the house, which was a total deal. After all was said and done, we got $42,000 from the insurance company (including the still-to-come depreciation). As we discussed our options with contractors, we realized that if we ever going to take advantage of this money to fix up/enclose the carport into a usable space (an office since my wife works from home and she's in the living room since the hurricane), now was the time. Our daughters have shared a bedroom forever, and the oldest is now a young woman and the blonde is still a child, and they are at each other's throats all the time. Then, we spoke with my mom, and my stepfather is in a wheelchair and they can't come visit. She said they'd pay for a ramp if we'd put one on. I grew up in a house with a massive front porch across the front:

    So, we decided to add a front porch down half the front to the front door, and make it Craftsman style. The brunette starts driving in May, so we're also adding a circular driveway.
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    We had the contractors come up with some designs, we got three quotes. The one we liked the most was the middle price. He got it to us first, showed up on time, every time, didn't need any money to start, didn't ask for any draw until the framing was mostly done (and even then only 10%), and had a stellar reputation.

    We had to start with asbestos abatement, which contractors aren't allowed to do. We had to find our own people and do that ourselves. The addition was the only part of the house with popcorn ceilings and therefore the only part with asbestos in the house, thankfully. Servpro came and did a very professional and prompt job. However, it required setting up decontamination showers and draping the entire area of the house in plastic like a Dexter kill room, and taking the ceiling down to the last layer of paper on the gypsum board. SC law also requires an independent air-quality inspector on site the entire time, so this guy with a really cool microscope was set up in our dining room all day, and he indulged my kids and taught them during lulls about what he was doing and looking for. My kids, yeah, sure. My kids.

    What's odd is after it was all cleaned up and passed the quality tests, you could tell that people used to smoke in the house. It took about 2 weeks for the nicotine stench to dissipate. Eventually, that'll get covered up with super-then sheetrock, but for now the ceilings are a mess of ripped paper. Then came demolition of the carport roof and ripping out the azaleas in front/digging the trenches for the footings.

    This pipe here went to a solar-powered water heater that I had no idea was up there, that wasn't disclosed was up there, and was way back in a part of the attic I've never been in and never even bothered to peak into. They started in with the claw and water started spraying everywhere because it was still under pressure, so they had to get a plumber over here in a jiffy to seal it off. The tank was up there too. One of the guys asked if he could have it to make it into a BBQ grill. "Sure, man."





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    The next step was to cut the slab in the carport and knock off the top step so that the footings for the masonry work could be poured. That was a noisy day. I had no idea that they could tie rebar together with pull ties. The trenches were dug with a little ditch witch. The operator who dug them did it in about 35 minutes. It was pretty amazing to watch the precision of someone who knew what they were doing:







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    Looks like a beautiful spot for a home.
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    Concrete day, on the way to masonry work. Our mason is 83 years old and says he likes working still because if he sits around he gets sick, but if he stays active he feels better. Since he's his own boss, he can work as fast or as slow as he wants, and he just charges by the job now. He doesn't need the money, he just likes the work and getting out of the house. My contractor says he uses him because he's as fast as the other masons around, never calls in sick, is never hungover on Monday, and works as hard as they do, just slower, but more consistently.





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    Framing started on MLKJ Day. They worked quickly. One morning to build the flooring, including raising the laundry room floor up to the same height as the rest of the house. One day to frame the walls. Then each day, I come home, and they are fixing the damage to the roof and to the joists, and a little here and a little there, reshingling as they go.









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    I'm enjoying this thread. I hope the updates come fast and furious. Good luck with everything wuap.
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    Today they put in new windows, including, if you look at the extreme right, replacing the full-size WTF window in the shower in my daughter's bathroom with a more modest transom window. Hardiplank vinyl siding will cover this portion of the house. The new roof is tied in as a shed roof, angling off the old one. I'll be interested to see how it looks once the tarps come down. So far, it's hard to tell on the outside what it's going to look like. Inside, it looks like the bottom photo. I'll keep posting photos as more happens.





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    After all is said and done... the hurricane is going to be a blessing to you and your family for years to come. This is a nice thread - keep us posted.

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    So maybe you mentioned it above, but what are the plans for parking? A new carport? Just park in front of the office?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowcat View Post
    Looks like a beautiful spot for a home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    So maybe you mentioned it above, but what are the plans for parking? A new carport? Just park in front of the office?
    A circular driveway. We realized that we never really used the carport, so we're going without one. If we decide we need something, we'll just build a garage in front of the other side of the house. That's the nice thing about having land.

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    After all is said and done... the hurricane is going to be a blessing to you and your family for years to come. This is a nice thread - keep us posted.
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    Thanks Wuap. Interesting stuff.

    We rode out a hurricane when we lived in Houston -- did nothing like the damage it did to your house but it was still the craziest thing I have been through in my life and even though we were very prepared I would never do that again. Everybody should get TF out of town well before any hurricane arrives.

    Kind of worked out well for us too because we got a brand new roof, brand new fence, some other upgrades paid for by insurance that helped us sell at a decent price a year later even at the absolute bottom of the housing crash. Glad things are working out for you and your family after what I'm sure has been a very stressful time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    Hurricanes and I have a love/hate relationship. They cause me lots of heartache, but I learn something from them. What kind of man to be, and what kind of man not to be.
    That's a great metaphor for life. Best of luck going forward.

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    I am going to miss your carport. Hopefully you found another location to stash the EZ cheese...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    I am going to miss your carport. Hopefully you found another location to stash the EZ cheese...
    Ha, that was funny

    The project is looking good, wuap. Hopefully everything goes along as planned.


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    I was super busy this week with work, far more than normal, so I didn't get to post photos each day--I missed getting a shot of the metal underneath the concrete of the porch. They got a ton done this week though. The porch was poured, new hallway carpet, vinyl and wood siding on, wiring and rewiring begun, and the roofing is complete--including the cricket by the chimney which should finally stop the leaks around our chimney.







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    We're getting wired for two ceiling fans, two outdoor plugs down low, and one up high, with the plugs all connected to a switch inside, so I can shut off the Christmas lights without using a timer.





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    Finally, this bathroom's shower had a regular window in it before, so no one but me would use it. Plus, the weirdness of water on trim moulding and having to recaulk it all the time was an annoyance. So, I had them replace it with this much more modest transom. Once the paint dries, I don't think you'll be able to tell.

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    Looking really good wuap. Nice update to your place.
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    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    I've got an older home that is in need of some facelift work on the outside. Just not sure where to start, and I don't want to mess with the roofline. But I love your big covered porch. Jealous!

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    Eddie, given the excellent recovery Wuap has wrought upon his casa (disregarding, for the nonce, all the blood, sweat and tears), it wouldn't haven't happened, certainly not this quickly, without the devestating storm. So, to get your redevelopment project underway, why not allow CS'ers the opportunity to go all Matthew on your abode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Eddie, given the excellent recovery Wuap has wrought upon his casa (disregarding, for the nonce, all the blood, sweat and tears), it wouldn't haven't happened, certainly not this quickly, without the devestating storm. So, to get your redevelopment project underway, why not allow CS'ers the opportunity to go all Matthew on your abode?
    Eddie lives in Davis county. He just needs to transplant a tree on the east side of his house, and wait a few months for the next east windstorm to do what the hurricane did to Waup's.

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    The porch has a ceiling now.


    New windows in 10 windows; not sure what's going to happen with the shutters. Still have 5 more to replace. Next year!


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    The beginnings of the landing for the handicapped ramp we're putting in for my step-father to use, if he ever comes.



    This guidewire was moved 6 feet closer to the pole so we can route the new driveway where it was. The wooden stake in the second photo is where it used to be.





    We got permanent power restored today, so no more temporary meter.

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    The steps to downstairs had to be removed in order to raise the landing height up to the rest of the main story. We're going to jackhammer the slab out down there and lay brick where a huge crack was. The steps will have to be rebuilt to make sure each step is the same height as the others.

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    I love that porch! The house is looking great.


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