Friday, October 26, 2012

Reconstruction Day 24

Thursday MCC continued work on installing interior wall panels in the house and began installing the interior wall panels in the garage.  Preparations began for the installation of the garage door, which will be mounted on a track attached to the garage ceiling.

Some of the interior walls and cabinets installed

The first interior wall panel installed in the garage

The garage door awaiting installation

The tracks for the garage door waiting to be put in place

Reconstruction Day 23

Wednesday MCC erected the trellis outside the front door and garage door.  The entire trellis apart from the roofing was finished.  They also began installing the fire place, most of which was in place by the end of the day.  Most of the interior panels and insulation are in place, but work continues on installing the remaining wall panels.

Work will continue for the rest of the week until MCC returns to Philadelphia.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Reconstruction Day 20-22

Last week MCC continued to install insulation and interior wall panels, most of which are now in place.  They have also added most of the panels that form the walls between the rooms along with the cabinets for each room.

The portion of the foundation that was dug up for the plumbing fixes in the bathroom has been re-poured with all the pipes installed.

The cabinets and walls installed in one of the rooms

The second bedroom with some of the walls and cabinets intsalled

The replaced portion of the bathroom floor

The main room with yellow cabinets and some walls installed

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reconstruction Day 19

Today MCC continued work inside the house.  They installed more interior panels and wall insulation in the main room.  They also began adding the interior panels that will form the dividing wall between the two smaller rooms (previously the two bedroom, now office spaces).  MCC will continue working on the house's interior throughout the week.

The newly-installed interior panels in the main room

Two interior wall panels, and one with the insulation showing

Interior panels in the garage awaiting installation

The fireplace and wall insulation

Installing wall panels

Reconstruction Day 18

Monday MCC returned to campus to continue work on the interior of the Steel House.  They began installing insulation inside the walls, as well as putting some of the interior panels in place.  Several of the yellow interior panels that form the walls of the house's main room have been installed.

P&H also poured the concrete in front of the garage.  The original step by the front door is still in place, and the new concrete slopes up to match the edge of the original garage floor.  They also poured footings for the trellis, which MCC will install over the front door and garage opening.

The newly poured concrete

one of the concrete footings for the trellis

Concrete footings outside the front door

The new sewage line recently installed and the trench filled in

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Reconstruction Day 17

Friday MCC installed the rest of the roof insulation, along with the remaining wood sleepers, which had not all been put in place the first time to leave space for the insulation.

The sewer line has been fully installed and the trench filled in.  Once the bathroom appliances are installed the house will have a functioning toilet.  This is an important landmark for getting the house open at the end of construction.

The electrical rough-in was finished, which included additional wiring in the ceiling, the bracing for three ceiling fans, and wiring for two ceiling lights.

MCC will return on Monday to continue work on the house.

Reconstruction Day 16

Thursday MCC began installing the insulation for the roofing.  They also put up a few interior panels around the back door in what will be the living room/dining room/kitchen area.

The trench for the new sewer line was also dug and part of the line was put in.  The line will go around the front of the house, coming out of the bathroom on the side and meeting up with the main sewage line.

Work also continued on the concrete in front of the garage, P&H measured the area in preparation for replacing the area of concrete removed and installing piers for the footing of the trellis.

The interior panels installed so far

The sewer line that will connect the house to the city's sewage system

Bags of insulation on the roof

MCC installing the insulation

Remnants of the old sewer pipe that have been removed

The trench dug for the sewer line with the part of the pipe put in so far

Measuring for the new concrete that will be poured by the front door and garage