Wednesday, June 1, 2011

WIP - False Creek Remodel - Part 1

Last year I wrote about one of  my projects in Pitt Meadows.  I covered each step along the way in a series of posts called "WIP", which stands for Work in Progress.  The purpose of the WIP series is to allow an inside view of what to expect during a remodel.  It turns out a lot of readers were interested so I've decided to do it again, this time in the picturesque False Creek neighbourhood of Vancouver.

This project is different from the one in Pitt Meadows in one primary aspect; it's a condominium.  All floors, ceiling and structural walls are concrete, and internal walls are steel stud.  This type of construction has an impact re-framing, electrical and many other aspects of construction that don't come up with timber framed homes.

I'll be using "Al the Contractor" to handle the demolition, framing and drywall phases of the project, so he's got these issues well in hand.  We're on the ground floor, so bringing in supplies and removing rubbish is simple.  There's even a large patio area to stage items which will be used if the sun ever decides to return.

This plan shows the extent of the project, short of a bathroom the client added at the last minute.  The dashed lines indicate walls that will be removed, and the solid black areas indicates the walls that will remain and the new walls to be built.  You can also see some solid black lines that show where new drop ceilings (aka: bulkheads) will be built.  We need those to run electrical and venting.  The floors and ceilings are concrete, remember?

As with all remodels, surprises can arise when walls are opened up.  This project is no different, and today we ran into surprise #1.  The wall pictured on the left is going to be removed to accommodate the new kitchen plan.  It's difficult to see, but there's a hole in the middle of that wall that appeared when the back splash tile was removed.  No worries, the wall is being removed anyway.  However, when we looked inside the hole, we saw this:

This is PEX; tubing commonly used in multi-family housing projects in these parts.  It's plumbing, and we can't quite figure out why it's there.  There is a laundry room on the other side of this wall, but not where the PEX is.  We'll have a closer look once all the drywall wall has been removed ... and a few other surprises have been uncovered.

I'm meeting with Al tomorrow to go over the PEX, as well as some other details to do with framing.  I will do my best to cover off some of the more interesting details of this phase in the weeks to come.  We'll be doing some interesting modifications to a hood fan to accommodate the tall client (strangely, the same thing happened at the Pitt Meadow project), and working with some new track lighting, necessary because of the concrete ceilings.

All posts in this series will be titled "WIP - False Creek Remodel" so you can follow along at home.  You can also search on the "WIP" tag over on the right.  So site back and enjoy the remodel without the mess!  Lucky you.

WIP: False Creek Remodel is an actual remodel project of mine that I'm blogging in real time.  To see all the entries in this series just click the FOLLOW ME buttons at the top right of this page.  If there's any part of the project you're interested in, leave me a note in the comments section.


marika said...

Love it, thanks for posting this! I can't wait for the next surprise! ;)

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