5485 South Ellis was acquired from a bank in August 2015. An assessment as to the viability of achieving Passivhaus Institut certification was undertaken.
Due to prior non-code compliant renovation hack jobs, extensive mold growth, water and structural damage had occurred rendering the two bed, two bath 1750 sqft home uninhabitable.
The pictures below show original conditions and some of the remedial work performed including Demo, Foundation Repair and Reconstruction, Waterproofing and Insulation.
Numerous very serious defects presented. Crumbling face brick resulted due to poor drainage and the freeze-thaw cycle. Highly degraded structural joist members presented during demo requiring an emergency repair & replacement permit. Numerous brick-entombed windows presented. A non-compliant mudroom was removed. Evidence of extensive water leaks and mold growth presented.
Nearly all joist members were replaced entirely or fortified with LVLs. New footings were installed in the course of foundation repair. In the final analysis, an exhaustive structural and mechanical renovation occurred enabling the new construction of a 1000 sqft with the addition of two bedrooms, one bath, a dining room, laundry and family room over three floors plus two roof decks.