Rectory Construction Update: Week 2
We’re on the third dumpster at the Rectory as the necessary demolition was more extensive than originally anticipated. In addition to the collapsing ceilings in the kitchen and basement, as the deck was demolished it was discovered that it was being held together with the deck boards alone, as many of the posts were rotten. As with the church roofs last year, our decision to move ahead with the construction was certainly timely!
The good news is that week two has seen a flurry of activity: the leaking cast iron pipes have been replaced with PVC pipes; the outdoor faucet has been relocated so it is now above ground; the collapsing ceiling and walls in the kitchen and basement have been removed and reframed; the masonry has been completed for the load bearing wall in the kitchen; the collapsing stairwell and drain tiles leaking water into the basement have been jackhammered out; the doorway under the deck has been filled in with masonry block, sealed and backfilled with dirt; the footers have been dug, inspected and filled with concrete; the egress window in the basement has been dug out and installed, and; most of the electrical wiring has been replaced.
A huge thanks to Bruce Stanley and his Authentic Construction team who have quickly adapted to the expanded scope of work necessary to complete the project. We will likely need to raise additional funds to cover the costs of the project, and there are still a few additional items that have been identified but not yet priced out, such as masonry work needed on the chimney, and roof repairs on the sunroom. We are so grateful for the generous contributions to the church roofs replacement fund last year. If you didn’t get a chance to contribute to the Roof Fund, know that we now have the perfect opportunity to contribute to the Rectory Fund.
Please keep Beth and Nic in your prayers as they wade through lots of mud outside, dust inside, the general chaos of having six guys show up at 7:00 AM every morning ready to work, and no kitchen. Layer this on with all of the demands of the upcoming services next week, and know that this will be a Holy Week and Easter to remember!