Renovation Update:: Prepping for the Addition

You may have been wondering why I haven’t written about the renovation lately. That’s partly because there really hasn’t been anything to report on just yet. Due to some winter weather and rain, the ‘demolition’ phase has been delayed a bit. But, work officially started this week. Early last week and this weekend we walked up to the house to take a look at the progress and take some pictures.

As I mentioned in the before tour of the house, where the old patio once was is where our new addition will be built.

New Addition | Megan Brooke Handmade

But, in order for that to happen, that big old beautiful tree sadly had to go. Early last week the tree was chopped down.

Tree Removal

And all that was left was a poor little old stump. We wanted to ask if we could keep some of the wood for our wood burning fireplace that we’ll have in the screened-in porch, but we didn’t ask in time before all the wood was hauled off. Oh well!

Tree Stump

Late last week they also started prepping the ground in the back to start laying the foundation and start working on building out the basement.

Renovation Update | Megan Brooke Handmade

The wooden stakes are marking off the exact placement of the addition and how far it will go.

Renovation Update | Megan Brooke Handmade

Our deck will start where the first set of stakes end and will go right to the edge of that big tree. The original plans had the deck extending past that tree resulting in another tree cut down. The trees on this street are old and really pretty so we hated to see another tree go so we decided to make the deck smaller in order to save a bit of history.

Renovation Update | Megan Brooke Handmade

The stairs on the back of the house were also removed to prep for the new addition.

Renovation Update | Megan Brooke Handmade

They also started prepping for new sewer lines on the side of the house.

Renovation Update | Megan Brooke Handmade

I’m hoping this week they will start demo on the inside of the house. Once that happens, things will start to move pretty quickly.

We’re working on finalizing budget/costs for our plumbing selections before officially placing an order. Hoping to knock that out this week. Once that’s done, I’ll be sure to share what selections we are going with and also provide some tips for others in the same boat.

Until then, if you are new here, be sure to check out the entire before tour of our 1919 house and learn about the various design selection and renovation stages.

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  1. Caitlin says

    Exciting! I’m so glad you decided to keep a tree since you had to lose one. Did y’all consider building a deck around the tree? I always thought those looked really cool but I never knew how practical they were…

    We finally drove down Earle street yesterday and saw your house! Wow, what a gorgeous street!! So amazing:)


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