After a year of planning, permits, reviews, demo and reconstruction, we have finally finished our Foxer-Upper project. This has truly been a labor of love. Not only are we thrilled with the final product, but we had a blast working with so many great people in Golden along the way!! We want to give a shout out to DT Construct and Ewers Architecture for their leadership and visionary thinking in making this project happen.
We are also grateful for all the sub-contractors who were so vital to the success of this renovation. We personally want to thank Eric Olricksen with Sovoco Hydronics who did all of our plumbing, Tony Ortiz with Community Mechanical for HVAC, Bryan Vandenbark of Basic Electric who did all of our electrical work, Jared Robinson and Sons Flooring for their amazing work restoring our old wood floors, Ozzie and RJI for siding and roofing and Denver Concrete for the concrete work.
We are also grateful to so many friends for their help along the way, from hauling bags of trash into dumpsters, to demo work, to painting, flooring, or barn doors. This was truly a community effort.
The best part of the last two months of work was seeing many of the old parts of the house come back to life, from the old doors, to the exposed brick to the flooring, to all the old wood we put back into the home that we removed in Demo.
The relationships formed with our contractors as we worked along side them was a highlight, as well as the countless conversations with neighbors who stopped by and wanted to chat about the transformation.
There were a few days we were not sure this day would come, but how fulfilling to see how it all came together in the end. We are grateful!
Off to our next adventure. Peace out 912 Arapahoe!
Jeff and Leslie Fox
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…
The next blog and video will show the final steps to completion. What a fun project.
Once we got the home cleaned out, we began to meet with an Architect (Ewers Architecture) and a contractor (DT Construct) to draw up plans for the future of 912 Arapahoe.
Once we had initial plans, we set up a meeting with the historic board in Golden. Because our home was 150 years old, and fell within the historic district, we had to get the approval of the historic board before we could move forward. Thankfully, the historic board accepted our plans and we were able to move forward. We then submitted the detailed plans to the city of Golden. Once we got approval, work began in earnest.
We recruited as many friends and family we could and began the dirty work of demo. Considering the age and condition of the home there was a lot to do. We took down walls, removed the old kitchen, ripped out lots of lath and plaster, peeled up old flooring, exposed the old plumbing and electrical, tore down the old back porch etc.
It was fun to see what was behind the walls and in the attic of this old home! The next phase will be starting the rebuild process!!
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