TIMELINE ON THIS IS ASAP. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5679-W-Alder-Way-Littleton-CO-80128/13837396_zpid/. There IS NO fireplace or chimney.
We have a home built in 1960. It is a dream location, we have a large enough lot to accommodate the addition. We are going to end up with both of our mothers living with us soon as well as I have a home based business that has taken off. Most people say "just sell and move" but we live in one of the hottest real estate markets in the USA and finding what suits us with quadruple our mortgage payment and that isn't financially feesable.
What we have decided upon is: New kitchen addition, additional living space addition, garage modification with small addition, addition to foundation and possible room for another bathroom. There will be structural issues which is why we need an engineer.
Again, certain things have already been decided such as where the plumbing is going to be in the new kitchen. Right now the plumbing is on an exterior wall and with the addition, this will now be an interior wall. We live in an area that often sees extreme temperatures. It has been at -30 Farenheit/ -34.4 Celcius to as hot as 106 farenheit/41.1 Celcius. Frozen plumbing pipes are issues here and this is why the plumbing will need to be on an interior wall.
We are aware of other issues needing to be done with the house including: New electrical panel as well as wiring up to code. You will not be responsible for incorporating the design in this.
About our house: It was build by Trend homes in 1960. We have the floorplans for this house. There are no blueprints, we have tried to get access to them and there are none. This house is a kit house and was built for employees of Martin Marietta now known as Lockheed Martin. We DO have measurements, we will give these to you. We also have the brochure from the original house that includes the original floor plan. We do know where the structural walls are and we are not asking to have structural beems moved nor do we want the original man beem moved. We will need additional beams with the addition and we are well aware of this. The house is wood frame, however the structural beams (at least the one that runs from the basement to the roof) is a steel beem.
About how the house is built: It is a 1,125 sq foot square shape. The basement is the same size as the upstairs, Our lot is basic, there are no trees, steep slopes. It is an ideal house as it is on a corner lot.
We do not want to "pop the top" and do a second floor addition. We need an engineer that is aware of mobility issues as one of our mother is over 80. Her mother lived to be 96 so she might live with us a while. In addition, I had two hip replacements at age 37 so this is also for me. Stairs are not my friends and I don't want them!
What we will give you: measurements of the house and garage, house layout images as well as interior photos. If you want measurements of the lot, these can easily be obtained as well.
What we NEED (and want) and timeline: Mid Century- Know the architecture, don't change it!! What has been modified and taken away from mid century, is going to go and we promote that. Compliance with 2012 International Model Codes Amendments which is what the city of Littleton, Colorado uses. The house is in Jefferson County. Know what incorporated vs unincorporated areas are and how they differ. I will be providing you with very simple graph drawings that will tell you what we are looking for.
Know structural support. We can't stress this enough. Two exterior walls are going to be removed and we know these will have to be reinforced in order to work. Also know drainage. It snows as well as rains where we are and we need to insure no leeks as well as a nice and structurally sound as well as bring this beast up to compliance.
Know how to do an addition to a basement where it will work structurally. Our basement is a standard 8 foot deep. In addition, our basement right now is poured concrete without rebar. We know the addition has to have rebar in it. Know what an Egress Window is. We need at least one of these and we know this. Our basement is 100% finished and it will be finished again with the addition.
Our neighbors homes around us are also mid century modern homes as well. We don't want the architecture to change to where our house no longer looks like it fits in with the rest of the neighborhood.
We have a lot of things that previous owners did that are not in compliance with code. We are aware of these issues, we know a lot of these issues need to be ripped out and there is no fixing these issues.
This will be a bit different for some architectural engineers as both homeowners know about construction. Neither home owner has the confidence to draw plans.
We will need blue prints and not just CAD. We are more than happy to take file for blueprints and get them copied.