There are times where we find ourselves driving around through areas of a town in which arrays of residential homes that have remained resilient through the ages stand as monuments of the past. Sometimes they remain untouched; other times they get demolished so that new, up-to-date structures can be constructed. But, if inclination for retaining the aesthetics these old structures emanate crosses the minds of those who invest in those properties, a retrofit could take place.
On Colorado Spring’s Hansen Lane sits a house that had originally been built in 1909 and had been occupied by several families. Over the years, a couple of additions were put on the home, but a lack of maintenance took a toll on it. The original foundation, consisting of rubble rock, was significantly deteriorated, which led to structural issues. The crumbling foundation of the house had one section of concrete wall and another of concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall. The house had been abandoned for seven years before an investment group took over it and decided to retrofit it.