Think It's To Expensive To Live At
The Beach? Check our progress.
In Part One we previewed a circa 1978 singlewide
mobilehome located in the quaint little beach
community of Leucadia, Cali. Truth be known we
purchased it with the intention of rebuilding it from
the frame up right from the start.
Remodeling it was not an option as it was far too old, full of dry rot, termites, mold, mildew and myriad structural issues which so many older trailers, mobilehomes and Manufactured homes are nowadays; especially 300 feet from the ocean.
Additionally, removing the entire home would have required that we replace it with a much smaller Park Model RV (under 400sf) as a new HUD Manufactured Home would have had to meet all the setback requirements because the legal nonconforming structure had encroached on the existing ones.
In this phase we had to build a 12 inch wide by 12 inch deep footing and build a wood framed stem wall on top of the footing and all around the perimeter of the entire steel mainframe in order to support the new 2x6 replacement framing starting from the load bearing skirting wall and rim and floor joist system.
Once the footing and the one course of block, mortar
and conctrete filled cells with anchor bolts was
monolithic-ally poured, set and dry my son, Scott
Arendsen, President of ON THE LEVEL
proceeded with the construction of the
2x6 floor joist system.
Then the rim joist were attached to the
lateral floor joist completing the floor system.
It is now ready for the plastic vapor
barrier (belly bladder) underlayment,
floor insulation and 11/8" thick x 4x8
foot (screwed not nailed) plywood floor decking.
From this point on it's pretty much just another site
built construction project. the sill plate is attached to
the anchor bolts and then the 2x6 engineered load
bearing skirting stem wall is installed.
That's enough to absorb for this exciting adventure. In
PART THREE we will be slinging sticks (constructing the
wall and truss roof system) which will take a week or two as the roof trusses will have to be built on the ground and fork lifted atop the wall framing system.