Project Management

100 - Year-Old House Move

Moving across the street can be a BIG job

Twofold worked with Knox Heritage, Covenant Health, the City of Knoxville, McCamy Construction, and Layman House Moving to make room for a much-needed hospital expansion in the Historic Fort Sanders neighborhood. The deadline was short, the budget was tight, there were permit hurdles to navigate, a foundation to build, and a fragile, historic house to prep. With an audience of folks from all parties on the Bid Day, everything went according to plan – not to mention on time and on budget.

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After receiving two grants, one from the 1772 Foundation, and the other from the City of Knoxville, Knox Heritage asked Twofold thinking to continue with design and project management services from Phase I.

Phase I included moving the 100 year old, 1400 square foot house and coordinating with all the stakeholders at the city, parking, Police Department, Hospital Administration and Hospital facilities staff, moving company and contractor. The goal was getting the house across the street in 12 weeks, saving it from the wrecking ball. Mission Accomplished.

Phase II’s grants allow Knox Heritage to pick up on Phase I momentum and make exterior improvement to the house to keep it from further deterioration. Those improvements included removing the non-original vinyl siding, repairing and replacing damaged poplar wood siding and trim, new roof shingles, facias, soffits, gutters and downspouts, and refurbishing the existing windows and doors. Improvements also included plans to add a new front porch and back deck, replacing those that were in too bad of shape to make the move. Running new underground utilities, final grading and landscaping was also included.

Phase II will include the interior improvements which include a new stair to the previously unused attic. This included using parts from a third house that was scavenged prior to demolition. Improvements also included growing the square footage from 1400 to 2200 square feet and expanding the house from a 2 bed, 2 bath to a 3 bed, 2 ½ bath.

Phase IV will include a two car garage accessed off the existing alley which will be a surface driveway through Phase II and III.