Rebuilding Together 2003

(the volunteer organization formerly known as Christmas in April)

Welcome to the Home Page for our Rebuilding Together 2003 Project:

last updated: 05/01/03


Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Orr 

Sponsor & volunteers: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Menlo Park Stake

     click here to see photos of 2001 LDS-RT project!

     click here to see photos of 2002 LDS-RT project!


House Captain: Jay Chesavage and Pamela Nordstrom  



When:  Pre-work day  (painting prep, fence & tree work, etc) Weds April 23, 2002 6-8PM

           Rebuilding Together Day: Saturday, April 26, 2003 from 8:30AM to 5PM


Background: The homowner build this house himself many years ago when he was a vigorous carpenter.  He is now in his 80s, has health issues, and since his recent major surgery, can't keep up with the maintenance as he has previously.


Before & After Photos

Before - Note the entire second story is overhanging the carport with no earthquake protection (sitting on posts without shear strength).  A strong left-right displacement would topple the second floor (and bedrooms above).

After (in progress) - Shear walls installed on back and side wall to tie the second floor to the sill plates.

Before - yard includes 15' tree stump

After (different view) Garden chair on brickwork with brick-lined flowerbeds.  There sure were a lot of bricks in the back yard...

Before - 20' Tree stump to left chopped down, 20' stump behind ladder becomes garden chair to right.

Detail of 20' Tree stump converted into garden chair (chainsaw mastery of Greg Osborn)

Before - rear fence is rotted, tree stump to left becomes garden chair (above right)

After - new back yard fence & brickwork

Before - Backyard includes tree 15' tree stump to right.

After - Tree stump removed, removed some stuff, and added brickwork path and annuals around tree

Before - hallway wallpaper needs to be removed, and wall fixtures missing/don't work/multiple wiring problems.
After - hallway wallpaper removed, hallway painted, wiring problems resolved, electrical fixtures installed and working.

Before - Fence is rotted, bunch of stuff to remove

New side yard fence and trimmed plants

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