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General Contractor & Cost Estimator

D. J. Maltese Corporation
886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170


Steven C. Flum, Inc.
4147 Trumbull Avenue, #100, Detroit, MI 48208

General Description

Location: Williamston, Michigan
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: Sep 2010 to Jan 2011
Total Square Feet: 9,768 Site: 3 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 1,173; first floor, 4,754; second floor, 3,841; total, 9,768 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 28’; basement, 12’; first floor, 10’; second floor, 9’; total, 27’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Wood. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Yeager Engineering - 5-80 Abington, Troy, MI 48098

The owner of a contemporary home called upon D.J. Maltese Corporation in April 2010 to review and prepare an estimate of what it would take to fix the many flaws in the home that was constructed in 2008.

The home was built with a flat sprayed flat roof with no ventilation, large commercial windows with improper flashing, a masonry block veneer exterior resting on inadequate “pinned” footings, incomplete waterproofing in the basement, a blocked drainage system, water overflow from the roof that drained back to the basement, an exposed concrete interior slab with a poor polished finish, and fireplaces that did not work.

After review D.J. Maltese was selected for the renovation in August and a design-build approach with a fixed fee construction management agreement was settled upon. Steven C. Flum Architect was selected to complete the working drawings.

Permits to start were issued in September and work began at once. The interior work included a four-step concrete floor polishing that was completed in five weeks. Next the existing pre-fabricated fireplaces were removed and new units installed. Cultured stone was applied from the floor to the 24-foot ceiling heights on the new fireplaces.

All wood siding and brick veneer was removed on the exterior along with all the roofing material and parapet caps. A new single membrane roof with new flashing, parapet cap and roof mounted ventilators was installed.

The drainage problems were tackled after the exterior was finished. All landscaping, walks and patios were removed along with the 2-foot deep-pinned footings for the block veneer. D. J. Maltese installed a new drain tile – extending it away from the house to a French drain and installed new basement waterproofing. Also the basement concrete slab around the perimeter was cut and removed, and replaced along with a new drainage system and sump. Once completed the foundation was backfilled with pea stone along with a 4-foot diameter concrete well on each side of the house filled with large stone to catch the roof water overflow. This was tied into the basement drainage that takes the water away from the basement. New walks, patios and landscaping were then installed.

A new 16KW generator was installed that services the entire house that can be activated by an auto switch.

New flashing was installed around all the windows. Due to the commercial sash set in the wood framing, D. J. Maltese needed to add extension aluminum exterior jambs to provide a watertight seal. He opted not to remove the existing sash units as they were very large and they would have been too costly to reset. Upon completion of the flashing for the windows, 2 x 2 furring on the existing exterior was installed in preparation for the new siding. The new siding is a mix of HardiePlank®, Artisan® siding and synthetic plaster. Trellis’ with column lighting were added to the front, side and rear entries to add dimension to the home.

Upon completion of the project, the owner was very pleased and stated, “Now this feels like home.”

Product Information
Synthetic Plaster: Master Wall, Inc.
Siding: Hardieplank®, Artisan® by James Hardie 


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