Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2014

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brace the overhangs," explains Winner. "We stripped all the shingles and took the sheathing down to the bone, measured and chalked out lines of what we needed to keep." Ten, Winner's team installed joists hangers prior to setting the rims since keeping the original eaves limited nailing access to the new rims. Construction proceeded section by section forward toward the front of the house. Te owners wanted to ensure established gardens around the house were not harmed. Tis confned con- struction access to the front street with virtually no park- ing areas for staging, and the crew built the second-story's structure and roof from the inside. During removal of ceiling plaster, the team inserted multiple temporary supports for exterior walls that were formerly attached to the ceiling joists and roof. On the frst foor, the dissection of an interior wall opened the kitchen to the living/dining area, and HighCraft added a new rough cut 6- by 6-in. post to support the wall, extending it through the basement to the new concrete ueen Anne-style cottages line the streets of Fort Collins, Colorado's Old Town, characterized by fsh-scale ornamenta- tion and exceptional attention to detail. One 1907 house welcomed a young family home with classical columns raised on stone piers that supported the porch roofine and front gable. Te owners took great pride in the home's historic legacy but their family was outgrowing the 1,378-sq.-ft. space. Te cottage sits a few blocks from HighCraft Builders and company Project Manager Gordon Winner lives in Old Town. When HighCraft Builders was hired to reno- vate and expand the house, Winner found the close prox- imity inspiring. "If the project is right in front of you, it's easier to stay focused on solutions when challenges arise. We always show up and do our best, but having the house in my neighborhood really motivated me," Winner says. Te frst challenge of the $295,000 project was cre- ating a 641-sq.-ft., second-story addition while meeting the objectives of the city of Fort Collins' historic review committee and the Landmark Preservation Commission. Multiple public hearings shared renovation plans with neighbors and ofcials. CONFORMING CUT Te approved design kept the original roofine across the front porch and ofset gable intact and positioned the new second story several feet back from the front facade to be visually unobtrusive. As HighCraft Builders' team cut out the roof to create the addition, they had to retain and support the rafter tails that extended over the exterior walls. Te job demanded careful deconstruction. "We laid out the entire project ahead of time, calculating how to Skillful remodel grows a historic cottage into a long-term home for a Colorado family By KJ Fields Closer to home Q Removing an interior wall opened the kitchen to the living/ dining area. ForResidentialPros.com QR December 2014 21 PROJECTS: Master Design Solutions

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