Well my fellow renovators – I received a notice that my TV lift has been shipped, so soon I’ll be back on the bookcase project in the sunroom. In the meantime I have been busy with the exterior details – getting the building envelope ready for veneer limestone and hardie siding. It’s not pretty but important. I have two sides left to go before we can start the siding project. Today we’ll work on finishing the back of the house.
At the back of the house I have selected this window to become the larger egress window. Due to how the house is situated on the lot, this is the only place I can dig down and put in the oversize window and well. The problem is, this house was really poorly built. The houses to my left and right are very well constructed – this one – huh – not so great. But we’ll make it better. In the photo above the dark board with the holes in it is called a band (or ribbon) board. On most houses, this goes all the way around the perimeter of your home. Usually the floor joists are nailed on edge through this board. This house? No – just that little piece of board above each window.
So that won’t do for structure. So out it comes – the structure above is fine with this gone – mainly because I added several floor joists in this location to replace the ones the termites ate for dinner.
The floor joists are notched and this 54″ 4X4X1/4″ steel angle is put in place. This will be part of the system to strengthen this area for the wider window. A steel header will be added in the basement wall structure to make this window area super strong.Once in place we wrap a little protecto wrap for corrosion protection and see how things look.
So I ripped it out and tried a different approach. To make this as simple as possible. There is a metal ledge ( actually a deck ledger ) at the bottom of the sheathing that fits snugly against the foundation brickwork. This keeps bugs from entering, as well as protects the bottom of the sheathing from moisture. But in this area the bricks by the window were so out of plumb I had to put the ledge on top of the brick to make the sheathing straight. The red arrow shows where the transition changes from the top of the bricks to the side of the bricks.
Pretty things to come…someday.