A Steel City 1904 American foursquare restoration.

This is a project/adventure my wife, families and I were on in 2009, restoring an American foursquare residential structure in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh PA, built in 1904.

Some of our dearest family members were in poor health, so we did a weekly photo documentary to allow them to follow our updates. This is that.


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Intro: Project Fairview

February 20, 2009

No water, power, or heat. Just potential. This post provides some images from the initial walkthrough...

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Day One: Project Start

March 10, 2009

Closing time, get to work! We signed papers yesterday (Monday March 9th 2009), and began...

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Insulation Day

March 15, 2009

What a MESS! This weekend of March 15th and 16th 2009 was insulation day. The...

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DEMOLITION!

March 22, 2009

The weekend of destruction is over. On Saturday, Phil came over and we tore out...

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5holes

Holes.

March 29, 2009

The weekend of holes. We did wiring and plumbing. There are several areas with giant...

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6lights

Drywall and downlights.

April 5, 2009

Put it back together. This weekend was busy as usual. Finally we've reached a stage...

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7rongary

A hole of a whole different sort.

April 12, 2009

I bet it was loud. Today's work was minimal, Jess and I stopped at the...

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8color

A splash of color.

April 20, 2009

This week was fairly busy! I missed a day or so because I was too...

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9door

Beveled glass and nickel hardware.

April 26, 2009

Watch the margins. This week was pretty busy, We got a new front door, a...

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10wet

All wet.

May 4, 2009

Ok, go. Wait, I hear something.... STOP! TURN IT BACK OFF! This weekend was very...

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11bay

Two Weeks?!

May 17, 2009

I'm sorry! I am a week behind on posting new pictures. It's been a very...

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Big Progress: Pt. I

May 31, 2009

Part One: Harry Potter and the Built-In Bookcases It was another two-week long wait for...

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Big Progress: Pt. II

June 1, 2009

Part Two: Harry Potter and the Order of the Tuscan Glaze As promised, here is...

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14clean

Cleaning Up

June 8, 2009

Things are coming together. Carpet has been scheduled. The deadline for all other projects is...

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15floors

The sprint for floor covering.

June 15, 2009

Tick. Tick. Tick. This weekend marks the final weekend before the flooring deadline. We need...

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16carpet

Carpet and ready for move-in!

July 1, 2009

It's smells like carpet in here. This update is a little late, as my computer...

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17outside

Outside renovation.

May 14, 2012

Two new calendars. It's been a while since the last update, we're finally pushing to...

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18sold

Project completion.

November 9, 2012

The Fairview finish line. This update is years in the future from the post about...

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