BOISE BOYS | S01 E06 | THE RIVER HOUSE
BOISE RIVER BLOWOUT
The Finale! The last episode of Season One of Boise Boys is here, and this one has everything! Things start-off rocky and then go from bad to worse. This one tests us in every way possible, but we just have to remember it is located on the Boise River Greenbelt.
CLINT: There’s an auction for a river-front renovation project coming-up that I can’t make, but Luke wants to go. We sometimes find our homes at auction but auctions pose serious pitfalls. First of all, auctions are usually “as-is.” Combine that with the fact that potential buyers are not allowed to do much more than a surface inspection, and you can see the treachery of a real estate auction.
Add a hot housing market causing auction overbidding and you have a recipe for potential disaster. No one wants to overpay at auction – especially for a potential lemon. The best advice that any home renovator can heed is “you make your money on the buy.” So, we must buy right – auction or not – to assure that we make a profit on the back end.
LUKE: How often is there going to be an option to buy a house on the river and greenbelt just five minutes from vibrant downtown Boise - and value can actually be added? The “River House” in my opinion was a must buy and a great opportunity. I will admit the bidding went way higher and faster than what I was expecting. I hate to lose and I'll be honest that was not going to happen on this home! Yay! We won. Now lets get to designing this bad boy.
CLINT: Now that the numbers are tighter than I had hoped, we’re going to need to find ways to save money on our renovation. As I’m walking the property and assessing the overall condition of the home, I find likely the worse thing that has ever happened in our renovation business. A proper home foundation is around six inches deep, not including deeper beams and stem walls. As I dug down around this foundation I found it to be less than three inches thick.
Someone has built half of this house on the equivalent of a sidewalk. I’m sick. There’s no way to salvage any of this home. The only solution is to doze it and start over. Once the property is cleared, we’ll essentially be in an empty lot for over $300,000. With this much money invested in a lot, the only way out is to re-build a custom home with a lot of square feet in hopes of covering our huge starting costs.
LUKE: This project seriously took a huge unexpected turn- Clint and I have never had this happen before- Literally we can not fix this and feel good about it. We have to start from scratch! On a positive note we get to start from scratch! Which means I get to design with no limitations 'except for Clint' :) But seriously this was very exciting to dream of what this amazing lot could become with some vision. I know for sure I want it to be very unique and unexpected. If there is one thing I hate it's predictable. This house will have tons of light, a great use of various materials and lots of added character. I am going to start with aggregate concrete flooring downstairs and planning a very unique stairway
CLINT: Concrete floors are functional and beautiful when done right. Usually, in a foundation pour, no one is thinking about beauty because the slab will be covered with flooring. We have to make sure our pour is pristine since it will be seen. Also, since we want exposed aggregate (small pebbles), we will need to seed the aggregate before everything sets. Once the floors are dry and the walls are up and the roof is on, we can begin the next step in the floor prep. We will need to grind down the rough aggregate finish so that it is smooth exposing the beauty of the inside of the hundreds of thousands of small pebbles. After the grind is complete, the floor will need to be sealed for everyday use. Once we’re done, this floor will be a work of art
LUKE: One of the main features I would love to see happen in this house is a concrete floating staircase. It will add uniqueness and character to this new build. I know its not going to be easy but that's why I have Clint. He has a plan and it will be beautiful. The overall feel of this home is going to be modern mixed with a lot of warmth and wood. I am placing a heavy emphasis on lighting to add texture and intrigue to the final product.
CLINT: Suspending tons of concrete in mid air is not easy. First of all, you must have something to support the stairway, and in this case it is a twelve-foot tall, eight-inch thick wall! That wall must be poured first and include the steel necessary to not only support the stairs, but also on which to pour the stairs. Once the wall has set for several days, we can form-up the stair pour. After the forms are set and the re-bar steel has been tied-in, we can pour the stairs. We must wait another several days before we can remove the forms and even longer for regular usage. After the forms are removed, the rough finish must be hand honed. The concrete in this house has taken ridiculous engineering, a lot of materials, and hundreds of man-hours to complete.
LUKE: I couldn't be more proud of this home! Overall it feels and looks like nothing I have ever seen which ultimately was the goal. The truth is Miranda and I had no plans to ever buy this home for ourselves, but it has truly been such a blessing to our family. Its neat to look back at a lot of my design choices and to see the slight Asian influence joined with warm modern lines. We love our home and I am happy we over payed at the auction :)
That’s a wrap! Season One of Boise Boys is in the books! We hope you have enjoyed this episode and we hope this blog has helped fill-in a few more aspects of the River House! We hope to see you in Season 2 - fingers crossed. In the mean time, keep coming back for more behind the scenes, how-to’s, design tips, and fun with the Boise Boys
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