Part of the process for remodeling and restoring vintage homes is to surgically step by step remove the layers of materials and structure in the reverse order that they were put on. All of this was done in a careful painstaking way while working safely with temporary railings and shoring up the deck to hold the workers weight. The work area is shown here in the photo with plywood put down for the men to walk along with a the temporary railing system.
We chipped away and removed thousands of pounds of concrete and tile. These photos show the end of the first week of work where we removed 9.5 tons of tile and concrete float from the deck surface. It is a careful, conscious, labor intensive work environment.
This shot shows the complete disrepair of the deck and how the structural beam itself at the end of the house dips down almost 12 inches. Hence, the reason we have the 2x4s propping up the end of the deck because the structural beam below it has failed.
This shows the existing conditions where all areas of the deck and railing system are failing. Since we have taken off the exterior siding and the flooring system, you can now see that we exposed the rotted wood.
The deck system has clearly deteriorated beyond any reasonable repair. The front of the upper deck shows how the railing system has completely rotted and fallen off in some places.
Up next we will be addressing the structural framing and removing the spiral staircase.