My current project is the complete renovation of an old Florida home in Lake Worth, FL. The appeal of the home is that it is located four blocks from the Intercoastal Waterway and four blocks from Lake Worth's downtown. From the look of it, we thought it had great potential. It was built in 1928 towards the end of the Florida housing boom and has weathered all the hurricanes since and is still standing. Over the years additions and alterations were made but we could not locate any original plans through the city or county records. The first floor of the home is made of terracotta block (aka hollow core), which extends about halfway up into the second floor. Upstairs, where we will eventually call home, is wood framed with stucco. Termite and water damage has taken its toll in many parts of the home.
Scope of Work
I spent the better part of this past June and July discovering the extent of the damage and exactly where to start the project. We ended up gutting the entire inside and decided to consult with an engineer. A long story short--we had plans drawn and are currently waiting on permits from the city to start work. Our plans include structural members, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing--everything. This blog is to both document our home renovation and to be a guide to others renovating old Florida homes from this period. There is much more to come, for now--Merry Christmas and happy holidays.