Scott and Kyle’s enthusiasm was certainly put to the test with their Kimogenor Point project, which they were awarded only weeks before Hurricane Sandy.
For starters, North Fork needed to retain at least 25% of the existing structure — which was made more difficult due to the original ‘Balloon Framing’ — essentially an old process by which a two story ‘box’ structure is created, with long single-piece studs running the entire 2-story height of the structure, and separated at 4-foot intervals.
This type of build in particular made retaining the required percentage of the original structure much more challenging.
Once the storms passed, however, due to the need to remain ‘grandfathered’ in to the old code requirements, the remaining second story of the house still could not be moved, which meant that the entire first floor needed to be built underneath the suspended second floor — another harrowing process.
As you can see in the accompanying photos, the process, though challenging, turned out to be extremely rewarding as the company was able to actually retain and reuse even more than the 25% required.
As an added bonus, the new home is tremendously energy efficient.
Says Kyle, “We used spray foam to create a completely draft-free environment, implemented an air recovery system because it’s so tight, and the entire home is on an automated timer system to minimize energy use. It was a tough process, but it was worth it.”
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a pleasure to work with. Moreover, every member of their skilled construction crew was courteous and professionally behaved.”
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