In 2007 – 2008, I purchased a house that was destined to be torn down and moved it to a new site within city limits. I designed the basement and several adjustments to the house all while working within city building codes.
Below are some very sketchy sketches of some of the construction plans I made as part of the house re-building process.
The basement has three giant picture windows facing out towards the creek which runs through the backyard.
The house and daylight basement. So many contractors thought this was a garage and couldn’t understand why the garage door faced the creek.
Eventually I hope to create a site that chronicles the evolution of this house from country farmhouse to bare bones to urban bungalow, with lessons learned and battles fought, but you can see a set of photos on Flickr documenting the process.