10101 West River St Truckee California 96161
With the foundation walls in place, the risk of flooding and soil collapse is minimized. The next step is framing the exterior, sheeting, prepping the roof deck, under-slab plumbing, under-slab insulation, vapor barrier, rebar, radiant heat tubing and foundation insulation. Then, we pour the slab.
After the slab is in place, the interior walls and shear are put in place as are the beams. Plumbing, electrical and forced air ducting go into the joist and stud bays and the walls are insulated. Windows are installed, the roof deck is coated. The asbestos tiles are removed and the siding repaired.
Some of the shiplap interior wall boards were from the remains 0f other buildings – probably buildings that were victims of other Truckee fires. These boards were flipped over so the wallpaper tacks were against the studs. We found one stud that had a notch in it – probably a rafter from another building. The pictures in the section below show boards from the facade of a business in downtown, though the letters of the sign are illegible.
We chose to insulate all walls and floors (over 300 bales) with dense-packed cellulose so to dampen sound as best as possible. For the foundation walls as well as the roof, we used closed cell polyurethane boards.
There are 3 separate heating systems in the building – 2 forced air furnaces and radiant heating for the basement. We use a couple swamp coolers with the windows open for the summer.
Old windows repaired. Although 99% of builders would replace the windows, we decide to repair all existing double-hungs. Although some new windows are installed, the majority of the old windows in the building are removed, steamed, scraped, straightened, repaired and rebuilt. The top sashes of the double-hungs are fixed and the lower sashes kept operable.
Because we use only one operable sash per window, we are able to insulate the cavity that holds the upper sash window weights.
All double-hungs are outfitted with spring-bronze weather-stripping (including the meeting edge) and brass weight chains.
After framing, electrical, plumbing, ducting, insulation, sheetrock, mud, the bar, tile, fixtures, and things we don’t mention, nor take pictures of, there is still more to do.
After 18 months to get permits and 2 1/2 years toiling, the Redlight makes a soft-opening in mid-2016. The Redlight remains a constantly evolving work of art. Come stop by for a drink. The speakeasy is open. Stay the night.