There were little to no building codes when much of the city housing stock was built around the 1900’s. We can never assume that any building’s foundation will be the same as the last. Before we propose a basement excavation we must always dig to see how deep the existing foundation goes down. Many times, we will dig multiple holes and find the one portion of the home’s foundation is different from the rest. Some areas of Chicago have more sand, some more clay and some even rock. All these conditions will affect the final price of build.
Pryor Construction has begun the renovation of a townhome on Larrabee. The 1970 construction was done improperly causing structural failure. We were required to rebuild most of the floor support for the second floor.
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We just completed a large scale basement dig down to create two feet of added celling height for a new basement rental unit. With soil removal, concrete curb, new drainage tile and structural steel in place we are ready for the slab to be poured.
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We are now framing out the original attic to make way for a new dormered space master bedroom suite and additional living space.
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We have just begun the gut renovation of a single family home with an existing basement rental unit.
Before beginning a basement dig down in our new project.
We hired a company specializing in ground penetrating radar to help determine how deep existing footers were under steel posts.
Knowing this helped calculate requirements for new structural steel.
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Pryor Construction has begun the renovation of a 1899 three flat with the addition of a new garden basement unit. This project includes a full basement dig down and the construction of new masonry garages in rear.
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Pryor Construction has started the full gut renovation of a two flat home. When complete the upstairs home will be renovated to use the attic as additional living space. The basement unit will be a fully renovated unit for additional income.
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After demolition, evidence of the house history is revealed. The 1906 original beams and evidence of celling gas pipes used for lighting are found.
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We just installed a new steel beam, columns and footers to support the new attic build out. Once this was installed all the sagging in the first floor was corrected but as a result this caused movement in existing plaster walls. In this type of renovation, the replacement of existing drywall or plaster must be anticipated. .
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One of our companies earliest projects in Andersonville was featured in Remodeling Magazine. This eight page article describes in detail the process behind a gut rehab in Chicago. This craftsman style is still very appealing today.
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Pete Pryor found a masonry two flat on 5300 block of North Wayne in Andersonville in the summer of 1993. He recognized that the house had good bones but was in overall poor shape. The previous owner of thirty years had done very little to maintain the property. He also had a compulsion for hoarding.
After 2 weeks of demolition and a half dozen forty-yard dumpster, the place was finally ready to be transformed. Partnering with a local architect, plans were drawn for a full gut rehab and attic addition. The house was completely dismantled down to its shell and the front façade was completely removed. The new rebuilt elevation design allowed the new construction to blend seamlessly with the historic Andersonville aesthetic. The project took six months to complete and home remains as an excellent example good renovation.
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