In my last post, I was proud to announce the pouring of the new footings. You can see the result in the picture below. The floor joists are now firmly supported by a continuous concrete beam and the rotting wood blocks are gone.
This is the basement view.
Now that the footings are done, the next step is to apply the shotcrete to the front and back walls of the hotel. On the first floor, the shotcrete will be 8″ thick and all the windows and doors require forms around them to keep the rough openings square during the pour.
The forms give you a good idea of how thick the shotcrete will be and our cats agree that the increased windowsill depth will give them plenty of space for sunbathing. The second floor will receive only 4″ of shotcrete providing less space for this feline pastime but they will just have to make the best of it.
Meanwhile, up on the roof, we’ve completed a bit of exploratory surgery. The challenge was that we could not get a bid on removing the old roof without knowing exactly what was under the tar paper. We did know that there was a layer of brick on top of the sheathing because we could see it from below through knot holes in the sheathing. This made everyone a bit nervous so we pulled a section of roofing apart to see how horrible it actually was.
As it turned out, there were two layers of asphalt roofing on top of one layer of tin roofing. Under that was a layer of mortar on top of the same bricks that we could see from below.
This could have been a disaster but instead, the mortar turned out to be so soft that one could crumble it in one’s hand. I suspect that this roof will be easier to remove than a typical asphalt shingle roof.