Historic Salt Lake City Triplexcomments (12) March 10th, 2009 in Project Gallery
My wife Amy and I purchased a historic brick triplex home in the Autumn of 2004 near downtown Salt Lake City. What we thought would be a six month spruce-up, turned into a full gut, partial tear-down, complete remodel, and redesign. With little experience, but great resolve, and with valuable support from knowledgable family & friends, we accomplished most of the major work ourselves over the next three years. We did all the demolition, excavation, foundation, radiant in-floor heating system, framing, sheeting, shingling, trim, cabinets, flooring, painting, custom shelving, and finish plumbing & finish electrical ourselves... We did contract out some important items including rough electrical, insulation, rough-in plumbing, slab flatwork, roofing, and drywall. In the end, we completed THREE brand new apartments, all building systems, garage restoration, 3 new slab parking spaces, the entire exterior, decks, 2 fences and landscaping. We still live in one of the units, and as of early 2009, we have some exterior painting and a little bit of landscaping still to do.
It has been an ultra-marathon of a project, but our commitment was always to the integrity of the building. We worked as house-painters to earn money to live on while doing it. We pinched every penny and fell asleep every night dirty, exhausted, wondering how we were going to get up and do it again the next day. We were constantly stressed about our budget, our timeline, and making ends meet to make it all happen at the level we envisioned, but we trusted if we put our whole hearts into it, everything would work out, which fortunately, it has.
As gruelling, exhausting, and never-ending as the project seemed, we forged enduring friendships with lots of great folks who helped us out in countless ways, and we learned infinitely more than we ever thought we'd need to know. (I sometimes think of it as graduate school in homebuilding.) In fact, we enjoyed the process so much that through it all we decided to to it for a living. We now have a home improvement, design, and remodeling business called Inspired Interiors. We have one employee and are doing well, mostly working on small residential remodels around Salt Lake City.
Also, a note of special thanks to our architect, beurocratic red-tape cutter, tireless construction consultant, and friend David Richardson at Capitol Hill Construction.
Weston & Amy Noyes
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Design or Plan used: My own design - Almond Street Triplex Remodel near downtown Salt Lake City.
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