They plan on demolishing the rest of it today, preparing everything so that tomorrow (weather permitting), they can start excavating for the foundation (for the new rear addition, creating a mudroom on the first floor, and a master bath on the second). There'll be some jackhammering and carting away of existing concrete pathways (in bad shape), and some pouring of new concrete for the foundation. Also drain tiles, possibly just around the rear addition, possibly around the whole house, depending on cost -- we have a budget meeting on Friday. My timeline currently says:
- Demolition: 7-10 days
- Backfill and excavation: 1 week
- More than one pour (concrete): 1 week
Usually, they paint the exterior at the end of the project, but I may ask them to paint earlier. If they can do it in October, my neighbors won't have to stare at something hideous all winter. Winters are long in Chicago, and it could easily be 5-6 months before we got to decent painting weather again. Of course, the down side of that is that the paint job gets 3-6 months of wear before we're even living in the house. I think it might be worth it though, for neighborly goodwill (and my own satisfaction at seeing at least the outside look pretty instead of ugly). Thoughts?