Foxerupper-Rebuilding

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Now that the permits are in place, the rebuilding can begin!  We first had to continue to demo the structure and take off the old roof and ceiling as well as make some improvements to the foundation to support a second story.  This is where is crucial for us to hire a professional contractor and architect that knew how to deal with historic homes.  Ewers Architecture and DT Construct were masterful at putting the plans together to rebuild correctly.

It was fun to see the old wood and original lines of the home as we tore off the roof.  We also found even more brick than we thought.

Basically brick was added in the addition of the home in the late 1800’s, with the original cabin being just timber.  Usually its the opposite so it was a unique find.  Much of the old timber was local, as the railroad was not fully in place when construction began in 1867.

As the ceiling was rebuilt and the second story grew, it was fun to see how many of the windows incorporated Golden views perfectly.  The second story basically added a bedroom,  office, walk in closet, and master bathroom along with a porch of the master overlooking the foothills.  Most of the window frames had to be rebuilt as well in the downstairs during this phase as well.  The old insulation was removed, the walls were reinforced and prepared for new siding.  Patios were poured, and the back laundry addition and master suite patio were put in place.

Both the plumbing and electrical had to be torn out and started over as well.  The home had old nob and tube wiring, along with sawdust for insulation.  Talk about a fire hazard!  We also had brick masons in to restore certain areas of the brick in the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.  We love the brick and are excited to see how it comes together when everything is finally complete.

We are  now heading into the final faze.  Siding is being put on, drywall is going up, floors are being restored…

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The next blog and video will show the final steps to completion.  What a fun project.

Jeff Fox

Foxerupper “The Vision”

Last October we stumbled upon an opportunity we could not pass up.  We call it our Foxer-Upper because our last name is Fox, and it is also the name of my real estate team, The Fox Group.  DSC_0346As things go in Golden, you have to jump if an opportunity presents itself, as they are few and far between.  We love downtown Golden and have been on the hunt for something in the historic district where we would have easy access to downtown, Clear Creek, and all the fun trails Golden has to offer.

We purchased a property right off 10th St. and Arapahoe.  It was in rough shape to put it nicely.  My wife would not even go inside at first, but as we talked it though, this was our best chance to get into downtown Golden.  The home was in poor shape, had lots of stuff left inside.

We got some friends together and went to town cleaning out the inside of the home.  Three 30 yard dumpsters later, the house was finally empty and we could begin to envision what its future looked like.

As we began to do some research, we first confirmed that the original home was indeed 150 years old, with an addition put on about 10 years after that.  The foundation was actually in great shape, and the home had a decent basement space as well.  As we began to dig into walls, we quickly discovered that there was brick on the back half of the home, and even in the kitchen.

This was a delightful  surprise, as we had had no idea at the time of purchase.  At the same time, it became clear that this would need to be a full gut job.  We needed new electric, plumbing, drywall, window framing and much more.  We did discover the wood floors that were about 80 years old, that we thought we could salvage as well.

In the blog to come, we will describe the steps we have taken to bring this home back to life, from demolition, to re-visioning, to the remodel phase, and finally the finished product.  We have documented it all with pictures and video in order to capture as much of the process as we could.  We are excited to tell the story.

Jeff Fox