Restoration/Renovation

Restoration and Renovation projects are each very unique. Many projects will have historical guidelines pertaining to the structure itself or current use of the land the structure is on. Others will have personal guidelines, such as restoring a structure to the way it was remembered from childhood or some other memorable time. We will visit with you and your project and design a custom plan. We stick build with high quality lumber and do not use kits. We have relationships with many suppliers and are not bound to anyone single one. This gives us easier access to any and all products necessary to complete your project. Browse our gallery below and call us today to set up an appointment with our owner Roger McClure to evaluate your project.

#1 Lifting a River Cottage in Surry County

This is a project you do not see everyday. The existing structure was originally built in the 1800’s on the banks of the James River. When it was moved to its current location it was set directly on the ground, not on a foundation. Over time the flooring system had almost completely rotted away. The house was lifted to a height of 5’ 6”. We then came in and dug and poured new footings. Masonry piers were installed around the perimeter of the house and a new floor system was built on the new foundation. The entire house was then lowered back down onto the new foundation system. Pier footings were chosen due to grade and water drainage as the topography was somewhat steep. The exterior has since had new vertical siding installed as well as vinyl windows and new doors. The interior is being refinished by the homeowner and now the cottage will last for many more years to come. view photos

#2 Libbie Avenue Garage Restoration

This garage was overgrown and would have been a good candidate for the wrecking ball. Due to Richmond City setback and zoning codes if the building was torn down it would have had to be rebuilt in a less desirable location. To prevent moving the building we removed all the vegetation growing in, on and around the building. We tore out the roof, pulled in the sidewalls back to plumb as they were being pushed out by the collapsing roof. We added framing to walls, added and resized doors and windows. We rebuilt the roof and installed dimensional asphalt shingles. All cornice work was redone in maintenance free vinyl and the walls were stuccoed to match the home. A 16’ insulated garage door with automatic opener completes this curb side garage. view photos

#3 Carriage House Renovation Crewe

This brick carriage house is part of the Oliver House in Crewe Virginia. The Oliver house is one of the largest houses in Crewe and is part of the historical registry. The garage was built on what is now an accessible alley. The town thought it would be torn down. The present homeowner liked the look and proximity of the carriage house for its easy accessibility to the main house. We demolished everything except the brick walls which we pointed up (repaired). We reframed the roof and altered the garage door opening to accommodate the sizing of today’s garage doors. The roofing material we used is a synthetic slate that looks like traditional slate without the weight. All the cornice is completely dine in extruded PVC material. We installed 3 new vinyl windows and incorporated a mosaic that the homeowner made on the front above the center garage door. Electricity was rerun out to the carriage house and 3 new carriage style insulated doors were installed with modern day openers. view photos