The first huge challenge was that we discovered the entire rear of the house had been built directly on the dirt. they had been laid while President Lincoln was in office! Read More
Dura Supreme Kitchen Cabinetry; Island was Silverton Door, Cherry Praline with a charcoal glaze. The perimeter was also Silverton but Maple with a Latte finish. The floor was Amtico with a feature strip in the kitchen....Read More
"There is no way that the average kitchen and bath company could have handled the issues that cropped up early in the project."...Read More
The first huge challenge was discovered as soon as we demoed the, Capitol Hill Kitchen,/strong>. The entire rear of the house had been built directly in the dirt. The joists had rotted out of their beam pockets and were actually being supported by the dirt they had laid in while President Lincoln was in office!
It was not possible to excavate a crawl space without under excavating the bottom of the foundation walls. Walls we quickly discovered had no footings. We had seen this before; walls built in the 1800 often were just laid right in the ground usually in a shallow trench. The next solution was to pour a slab foundation. We rejected that idea for two reasons the concrete might very well blow the foundation walls out. Just as important we needed space, not necessarily crawl space, to run wire and pipe. Our final solution was two grade beams running front to back. On this grade beam we set perpendicular pressure treated joist. This design had the added benefit of not reloading the joists onto the foundation walls.
The entire solution added six weeks to the kitchen remodel. It added at least another 150 years to the life expectancy of the house. At least for the rear of the house!
“The kitchen is truly beautiful” Here are some of the features and materials we used in this Capitol Hill Kitchen Design Remodel.
Dura Supreme Kitchen Cabinetry; Kitchen island design uses a Silverton Door, Cherry Praline with a charcoal glaze. The perimeter is also Silverton but Maple with a Latte finish. The kitchen design uses an Amtico luxury vinyl flooring with a feature strip to emulate grout and Brazilian Cherry in the breakfast nook. We replaced all the windows with Jeld-Wen Siteline wood windows. Wood windows are a requirement in most of Washington D.C. historic neighborhoods.
There is no way that the average kitchen and bath company could have handled the issues that cropped up early in the project. It took a company like Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths. A design build remodeling contractor with 20 years experience working on houses in the District of Columbia.