The Techbuilt

Here begins a journal documenting the renovation of our 1953 Techbuilt house which we purchased in 2015.

Like most  home purchases there was good news and there was bad news.

The good news was that the house had only two previous owners who did not make any substantial changes to the original materials or design. The bad news was that the house was severely run down with all systems in need of replacement and updating.

We were immediately attracted to the open plan design and floor to ceiling windows. Additionally, the house was well sited and in a very good neighborhood.

But, what we really loved was that the house felt right for our lifestyle and values. Carl Koch designed a prefab housing system that was well scaled for an intimate family lifestyle and allowed for a strong connection to the outdoors. The Techbuilt was created for the middle class, incorporating restrained design and using modest, natural  materials. We were smitten!

Discovery,

We were not really looking, then this gem came across our radar...

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Resources,

Taking on this project without the help of our friends would be impossible.

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Insulation, moisture barrier location and open vs closed cell foam.

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

 

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First Visit

Chandler and Leigh (our broker) at our first visit to the house.

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Demo & Cleanup,

Mold had attacked the Sheetrock and a good portion of the kitchen cabinetry was rotted out.

 

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Now my friends will talk to me.

Drainage is not sexy but who wants a damp, wet living room.

 

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Research (part one),

The Techbuilt is a prefab building system designed by the architect Carl Koch.

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New Roof,

Old roof was shot and did not have any insulation.

Facebook to the rescue!

 

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More to come...

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