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Concrete Jungle

What’s an urban restoration project like without adding just a tad more hardscape to blend in with the mass expanses of paved metropolitan living? There is always a danger of adding too much concrete and having your house look like a parking lot but I think I pulled it off and managed to give the new owners a place for 4 cars to park securely while also enhancing the landscaping design with the sweeping walkway around the side yard. After receiving multiple bids in the $5 – $7  per square foot range, I managed to pull off the 22 yard pour for just around $3.75/s.f.

There was a block wall that was cracked and leaning over out front so we formed and poured around it after some reinforcing with rebar. Once I crack off the forms we’ll give it a swipe with spec mix for a sanded stucco finish to match the foundation walls. I thought this was a good quick fix as opposed to demolishing everything and having someone stack a whole new block wall which technically would also have to be permitted with the City. Inside this week, we also stripped all the paint from the 100-year-old staircase after deciding it will look better in its natural redwood state rather than painting it with all the trims.

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  2. By VICTORIA on Aug 28, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, Found your site through Jim the Realtor a few weeks back, in time to watch this project unfold. I look forward now to checking in on Sundays to see the progress. Congratulations, the house looks amazing already. I look forward to watching this project finish and a new one begin.

  3. By Tom on Aug 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hey thanks for stopping by Victoria, yes we are pretty excited about this house and are anxious to see it done as well.

  4. By Bruce May on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, looks like you are getting close to the finish line with this house. Do you have a projected finish date? When will you reveal its location?

  5. By Drew on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    Great video! It adds an extra layer (no pun intended) that adds to the blurb. Thanks for sharing


  6. By Tom on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Bruce May, we are definitely getting close and it feels good. I was hoping to be done in September, we’ll see if I can pull it off and once I’m down to the final punch list we’ll give out the location and start letting people come through. Jim the Realtor at is getting the “scoop” on it with a walk through video before it hits MLS. Stay tuned!.

  7. By Meghan on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    i just happened on your website when googling high end home flipping, and I’m absolutely in love with what you do. I’m extremely interested in historical rehab and redevelopment, but it’s a litle difficult here in Las Vegas because there isn’t much demand for the older neighborhoods. People just move out to newer master planned communtiies. Flips here are mostly all Cosmetic. (I’m a Realtor, but my passion in really in then design and construction.) i look forward to following your projects. BTW, can I come work for you? 🙂

  8. By Tom on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Meghan. Bring your paint brush and let’s go!

  9. By Real estate pune on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    wow really nice video.
    I loved your post very much. Please keep updating more.
    I love to read property related blog.
    Thanks for sharing.

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