Just a week into this project,huge progress has been made on this house. A whole new roof has been fitted! There were no leaks, but we judged the tiles to be too weathered and decided to replace the lot. Obviously a big plus point for the house, for its value and rentability too.
And inside, the crew have been busy focusing on the plumbing. No point in starting decorating if there’s going to be a flood of water when the water system is turned on!
Old metal pipes replaced by plastic (better for frosts in Detroit winter). And the key job of replacing the furnace has been done, along with associated ducting.
One key point about refurbs in Detroit is getting the property to code. Contrary to what one might believe in the “Land of the Free” – there is a growing army of clipboard officials who can make life difficult and expensive, none more so than in building works. A old furnace may work, but can be condemned by an official – so, we just play safe and change very old ones as a matter of course.
A new WC has been installed in the basement and in the kitchen, a new faucet has been fitted . Outside, the garage doors have been fixed and now work. And small but vital jobs, like re-directing downpipe water from the roof away from the house wall.
All in all, we’re really pleased with progress and hope to set a record for knocking quite a big a project like this on the head in a short time. It’s probably down to our crew having gained experience of the process and are now more into the “groove”. The next project awaits them.