With the demolition and foundation work out of the way on the Kuppersmith Project, we’re finally ready to start renovating our 1926 Tudor style house to turn it into a practical home any family would love.
First came the framing for the master bedroom addition which wraps around the back and side of the existing house. To make a seamless transition between the two, it’s important that both the old house and new addition are even and level.
Once the floor joists were in place, plywood subflooring was glued and nailed down to form a sturdy floor. Two by four sole plates were cut to length and secured to the subfloor to form the base for the walls.
The walls were assembled on the floor, then raised and attached to the plates. Temporary diagonal braces kept the walls plumb and square until plywood sheathing and ceiling joists were added.
The rafters for the steeply pitched roof were next, followed by plywood decking and roof underlayment to keep out the rain until the roofing was installed.
Eaves and Windows
One of my goals for the Kuppersmith Project was to make the house as low maintenance as possible, so I used composite fascia boards from MiraTEC and urethane foam crown molding from Fypon on the eaves of the house.
To improve energy efficiency, the drafty old windows on the house were replaced with insulated glass wood windows from JELD-WEN Windows & Doors. The outside of the window frames came clad in vinyl coated aluminum for low maintenance. To seal out any drafts, a special tape was applied around each window.
Big changes were taking place inside the original Kuppersmith Project house as well, including a major expansion of the kitchen. Merillat will be designing all the cabinets for our new kitchen while Better Homes & Gardens magazine will be in charge of the overall décor for the house.
While the footprint of the house upstairs remained unchanged, some of the walls were modified to add closets and doorways. To see all the changes we made, check out our before and after plans for the house.
One unexpected change I decided to make was to increase the pitch of the breezeway roof that connects the house and garage to enhance the curb appeal of the house. Since a lower pitched roof had already been constructed, we had to tear off the brand new decking and rafters, and start over from scratch.
We replaced the deteriorating wood shake siding on the house with cypress wood shakes from the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. While synthetic siding shakes are available in composite, fiber cement, and vinyl; the look of natural wood is hard to beat on such a prominent feature.
Each shake was cut around any obstacles, then nailed up with a Paslode staple gun. This attention to detail makes installation of wood shakes time consuming, but the result was well worth it.
The gables on the house which weren’t covered with wood shakes were given a stucco finish. A layer of cement backer board was installed first, and the seams covered by fiberglass tape. Next a base coat of stucco was troweled on, followed by a finish coat.
An architectural asphalt shingle roof, which is thicker and more durable than standard three-tab asphalt roofing, was used on the house.
As a final touch, Velux skylights were installed to brighten up the back porch.
Watch Videos from This Episode
- Framing the Addition on the Kuppersmith Project House
- Low Maintenance Eaves for the Kuppersmith Project House
- Tour of the Additions to the Kuppersmith Project House
- Roofing Changes to the Kuppersmith Project House Breezeway
- Cypress Shake Siding for the Kuppersmith Project House
- Installing Cypress Shakes on the Kuppersmith Project House
- Installing Insulated Windows on the Kuppersmith Project House
- Installing Roofing and Stucco on the Kuppersmith Project House
- Working with Subcontractors on the Kuppersmith Project House
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Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Covering Plywood Edges
Banding with veneer is a great way to hide edges on plywood. Use a household iron set on cotton (no steam) to activate the heat sensitive glue on the veneer. Once the veneer has cooled, use a single cut mill bastard file, followed by 120 grit sandpaper, to remove any excess veneer and smooth the edges. (Watch This Video)
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LG Wave Series Clothes Washer
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Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters
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The Kuppersmith home renovation project follows the extensive renovation of a two-story, Tudor style home built in 1926 in Mobile, Alabama. In the third of our 13-part series, we tackle exterior work on the house, including:
- Addition: Framing up the walls and roof on the master bedroom addition and kitchen expansion.
- Windows: Installing new insulated glass windows.
- Eaves: Installing low maintenance, composite fascia boards and urethane crown molding on the eaves of the house.
- Breezeway: Modifying the breezeway that connects the house to the garage to increase the slope of the roof.
- Wood Shake Siding: Installing cypress shake siding on the gables and some walls of the house.
- Roofing: Installing the asphalt shingle roof on the house and skylights on the back porch.
- The Kuppersmith Project 1: Planning
- The Kuppersmith Project 2: Foundation
- The Kuppersmith Project 3: Exterior
- The Kuppersmith Project 4: Roughing-In
- The Kuppersmith Project 5: Insulation & Painting
- The Kuppersmith Project 6: Interior Trim & Floors
- The Kuppersmith Project 7: Yard & Countertops
- The Kuppersmith Project 8: Screens & Driveway
- The Kuppersmith Project 9: Floor & Patio
- The Kuppersmith Project 10: Lattice & Garage
- The Kuppersmith Project 11: Plumbing & Wiring
- The Kuppersmith Project 12: Landscape & Garage
- The Kuppersmith Project 13: Grand Tour