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
Location: Williamston, Michigan
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: Sep 2010 to Jan
Total Square Feet: 9,768 Site: 3 acres. Number of
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.
Structural Engineer: Yeager Engineering - 5-80 Abington, Troy, MI
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
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
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
Upon completion of the project, the owner was very pleased and stated,
“Now this feels like home.”
Synthetic Plaster: Master Wall, Inc.
Siding: Hardieplank®, Artisan® by James Hardie