harold house garage apartment renovations
The original Harold House garage apartment was typical for the era - it had no concrete slab, no proper foundation, and the garage/carport height was too low. The building had reached a state of poor condition, and increasingly severe structural inadequacy.
The renovation included an operation to raise the entire existing building by about 24" to provide sufficient headroom on the ground floor. This operation also allowed the placement of a properly designed concrete structural foundation and slab for the building to sit on. The owner's elected to provide one open carport space and enclose the remainder of the ground floor for a future art studio. The upstairs apartment was updated with new finishes and fixtures.
The newly enclosed ground floor allowed the opportunity to introduce new energy-efficient windows, proper insulation in walls and ceiling, and new mechanical systems consisting of highly efficient mini-split AC/Heating and a tankless water heater.