Brick + Beam Detroit

Ottawa Manor

House, 3,001-5,000 Square feet

Large house in Seminole Hills Historic District. After a fire, was purchased by an investment company and each room rented out, as a sort of boarding house. Lots of historic work was 'undone', and is currently undergoing renovation to restore. One of the only homes in the historic district with an attached garage, unheard of at the time it was built. Ludowici tile roof in green enamel.

Projects

Discovered that any historic replica window put into the house on the 2nd floor after the fire was not seated in the wall properly- they were being held with a few nails. The whole house was drafty as a result, with enormous heating bills. We had to remove, reseat, and reseal/caulk.

It took: 2 months

Cost: Less than $50

Recorded: July 2016

Repaired crumbling front steps. The concrete steps had developed holes in them, we cut out any crumbling bits and resurfaced with concrete. Not perfect, but it allowed us to get insurance on the house and made the property safe.

It took: 1 month

Cost: $51-150

Recorded: July 2016

Column repair. Front porch column paint was peeling, exposing wood. Carpenter ants were entering the bottom of the column plinth. Removed all paint, filled cracked and holes with wood putty epoxy, and painted with premium Valspar latex paint.

It took: 1 month

Cost: Less than $50

Recorded: July 2016

Waterproofing basement walls - hydraulic cement and Drylok

It took: 1 month

Cost: $151-$500

Recorded: January 2017

New steam boiler - the old steam boiler stopped working suddenly. Turns out that the company that had installed it 10+ years ago installed the wrong size, did a poor job with plumbing, etc. They also failed to identify that debris was accumulating in the steam boiler during their annual inspection, and thus it burned out. New furnace is significantly smaller. https://www.facebook.com/17ottawa/

Cost: $10,001-25,000

Recorded: January 2017

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