An 18th Ave house was prepared for a big move this week — of eight feet. The two-story, 2,500 square-foot house at 122 18th Ave E was jacked up four feet in preparation for a few-meter move to make room for a three-story townhouse structure in what was the house’s backyard.
A blog post by a former resident of the house documented the first phase of the project that began last week:
I was until recently among a crazy troupe of rag-tag whippersnappers who shared a dream: to live affordably on Capitol Hill in a free-love commune, throwing wild parties yet responsibly engaging with our community and the environment. We named our hilltop palace Acropolis, but our Gods did not demand sacrifice. We were starry-eyed lute-toting moon sailors with a heading fixed on paradise.
That utopian fantasy was not realized for at least twice as many reasons as you can imagine, and one of them is this: our landlords bought the house in order to literally lift and move it west about three meters in order to build a condominium in the backyard. Only in the GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH, right? We all cleared out as agreed when it came time to do this move, and I was lucky enough to witness and document the first phase of it yesterday: the Raising.
CHS reported on the project from Capitol Hill architect Brad Khouri and developer Graham Black last summer.
“It really great way to find that the balance of retaining character and historical reference, and finding that density to make Seattle an exciting, and maybe more chaotic, place to live,” Black said at the time.
The new townhouses will be 1,600-1,700 square-feet and priced around $500,000; the existing home will be priced around $700,000.
As for the logistics, the building was raised by slipping steel beams under the structure of the home and lifting it a few feet with hydraulic house lifting jacks the size of semi trucks. Next comes the positioning of big rollers as a new foundation is poured. The company executing the maneuver will then roll the house over, re-brace it with the jacks and lower it down.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for another blog update with the rest of the show.