Friday, June 06, 2008

Kiggins House move/re-model update . . .

I got some more photos today of the men working on the Kiggins house to get it into place. They have moved it off the slight hill and into the recesses. I will keep adding them here until I can get the whole story transferred to a new blog that I have decided to devote just to it to show progress on the re-model. Until I get to it, the updates will be here, such as todays:

As I approached the Kiggins House from the park side, this was the view that met my eyes.

A close up of the lumber that is holding the house in the air until it can be set on a foundation.

The photo is a little crooked but I was trying to catch the photo of the worker under the house to show that it is still up on the wooden blocks quite high.

A view a little further back to show the house had been lowered into the "hole" (lower level ground).

A little further back to show the relationship to the house next door --both are owned by the same family now. The house on the left was also remodeled by them and they live in it presently. They have it on the market to sell now and will live in the Kiggins House when it is finished being restored.

The two houses side by side view.

Going around the house on 24th St which is parallel to the park, you can see the placement of the Kiggins home behind the present house lived in by the buyers of the Kiggins House.

THERE IS MORE about this house move in the post from yesterday below.
CLICK ON any photo you want to see better for enlargements.

9 comments:

DeLi said...

the third photo is a tad scary for me. i was imagining that the house would fall into pieces and what a sad fate for the worker!

Paulie said...

It's just my camera position. The house was not tipping.

Katney said...

It is always fascinating to watch a house being moved. It is amazing what they do to keep it intact. When we moved ours, all the packing we had to do was to tape the cupboard doors closed and take down mirrors so they wouldn't fall and break. Of course, that meant moving without sorting and discarding things. yoicks! things can accumulate over years. I almost think I need a move--a regular one--to clear the way --but a good spring cleaning will do.

During the weeks before our move there was a lot of prep work done. I remember the workers arriving at 5 a.m on a Saturday and starting with a jackhammer on the foundation under our bedroom window. They were doing the openings to put the support beams in.

Our mover had a scrapbook of moves he had done.--successes and disasters. Not too long before our move he had lost a house on a move. They had stopped to check clearnace--on a railroad track. You guessed it--a train came. Made us a little nervous, but he was the best mover in miles so we trusted him.

Kerri said...

Wow! What a Job!

Andrea said...

Interesting how they can move a house like that.

SandyCarlson said...

I am amazed by what is possible!

Patricia said...

How very interesting, Paulie. I'm not sure *I* would stand under it. =) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend - and thank you for being a faithful reader and commenter to my little place on the creek.

JC said...

What a cool, and complicated, process... I've seen a couple big house moves on tv but never in real life... lucky you, being so close to the action. Thanks for sharing :-)

Chloe said...

That wood stuff under the house is called cribbing. They will probably jack it up with 1 ton jacks (just like big car jacks) and take the cribbing out, like a giant game of Jenga. Once the house is level with a foundation, the jacks are encased in concrete.

We move about once house a year and do 4-5 foundations. Where we live, many of the houses are just set on bricks on the ground, with a step and a wood floor over the dirt.

My son's house was formerly a sheep shed. When we ripped the ceiling down, I could smell the sheep. It was a boards on end house-no insulation, just boards on end.