Demolition (almost) complete
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Just ten days after the decision to demolish my house, the job was more or less complete. We’d hoped to save the flooring above the basement and some of the interior framing on the main floor, but when we got … Read More

Demolishing the upper story
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Once the glulam beams were lifted off by a crane and placed to the side for reuse, the crew set about demolishing the upper parts of the house. The walls were braced and cut into smaller sections, and then each … Read More

Demolishing the roof
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The first task for the demo was to pull off the roof so that we could remove the big glulam beams with a crane. Now that we were doing demo instead of remediation, the poor structural quality of the framing … Read More

Demolition
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On June 9, 2020, we made the extremely painful decision to demolish my house. We had spent weeks attempting to save the structure, but it was an endless uphill battle. The last straw came when we pulled off the sheathing … Read More

Extremely bad framing
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This small section of the house was hidden behind exterior sheathing. The framers who covered it up probably figured it would never be seen by an inspector, or by me, or by anyone else. There’s really nothing to say about … Read More

Hidden defects
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Working together, we made progress. My designer re-engineered parts of the house that hadn’t been built correctly. I raced around Anchorage borrowing generators and buying demo blades and nails. And of course, Harry and his crew were hard at work … Read More

Framing before-and-after
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Good work is good in so many ways. It’s stronger, more resilient, looks better, and just feels better to be around. Beyond that, good work reflects self-respect on the part of the builder and consideration for the well-being and safety … Read More

Starting the remediation
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To start fixing my home I hired HCL Construction, headed up by owner Harry Lindsey Jr. Harry had learned to frame under some of the top contractors in Anchorage, and had just decided to strike out on his own. There … Read More

Verify Everything
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I had started the framing phase full of excitement. It was fun watching the walls go up and see the abstract shapes on the blueprints come alive into real things. I was happy to hire a former classmate, and thought … Read More

Financial discrepancies
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If you’re thinking “how could this get worse?” you might want to sit down. First, the situation with my framing was not a “you get what you pay for” deal. The contractor I hired was on the expensive side. But … Read More

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