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The Heritage Home Program Newsletter
We Love Our Contractors!

On May 3rd, the Heritage Home Program hosted our annual Contractor Open House! We enjoyed socializing with the contractors, and discussing the program with them. Thank you to all who came - and for dedicating your careers to ensuring that homeowners are able to maintain and improve their homes. We can't wait to work with you in 2019!


Got Contractors?

If you are a contractor - or know of a contractor - who would like to be involved with the Heritage Home Program, please let us know! We are always looking to expand our database with reliable contractors who work throughout Northeast Ohio. Contractors do not have to be historical preservation focused. If you are interested in filling out our brief contractor database application form, please contact the Heritage Home Program office staff at (216) 426-3116.

HHP Construction Specifications
The Heritage Home Program, and the Cleveland Restoration Society, outlines standards that all exterior projects are held to. The Heritage Home Program takes these standards seriously in order to ensure that the best materials and practices are used by all contractors who work with homeowners in the program. Below are a few examples of the quality of work required when estimates are submitted and projects are reviewed. For a complete list - including carpentry, masonry, windows and doors, garage repairs, and more- check out our General Specifications, which can be found at heritagehomeprogram.org.

Type of Construction
HHP Specifications at a Glance
The contractor is responsible for:
  • Contacting the municipality to find out which jobs require a permit
  • Securing all necessary permits prior to beginning any work subsidized with Heritage Home Loan Program funds
  •  Scheduling and being present for all necessary inspections. 
It is ultimately the homeowner's responsibility to ensure all permits are pulled.

The contractor should verify all measurements and quantities in the field.
Do not install concrete when air temperatures are below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or when such temperatures can reasonably be expected within three days following the completion of work.

When installing an asphalt driveway, dig out, remove existing driveway, and haul away debris. Apply a herbicide to any vegetation in driveway prior to installing base.

When removing aluminum siding, carefully remove the siding from all areas, taking care to not damage the original wooden shingles, siding, and trim underneath.

Do not discard any fixtures or hardware without approval from the owner or CRS.
Roofing, Gutters, and Insulation
Colors and materials must be approved by the homeowner and CRS.

Insulation should be done before repair or replacement of siding and after the installation of any mechanical in the exterior walls.

When repairing or replacing a roof: sweep off and properly dispose of all dirt and debris from roof deck. Clean gutters of any roofing debris. Check for any projecting nails and drive in.

Install a layer of 30# felt over the deck; lap all seams at least two inches. Install Ice and Water shield to all eaves and valleys. Ice guard should extend up from gutter board 6 feet.
Where wood has been exposed to the weather remove all gray and oxidized wood to produce a clean, sound surface.

Open-flame torches, sandblasting, and water blasting are not allowed.

When preparing other wood surfaces for painting, remove all loose, alligatored, or damaged paint to the sound substrate using sharp drag scrapers, heat plates, heat guns, followed by hand sanding, or mechanical sanders equipped with HEPA vacuums. 

Do not paint when the temperature is or will be below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, when rain or cooler weather appears likely, or on surfaces that are not completely dry. 

Interested in learning more? Reach out to the Heritage staff with all additional questions.  Contact information may be found at the bottom of the newsletter.
Homeowner Best Practices
Choosing a contractor can be intimidating. The Heritage Home Program wants to make picking the right contractor for your projects as painless as possible. That's why we created the Homeowner Best Practices sheet, covering topics such as what to ask contractors, how to communicate with your contractor, what contracts should include, and contractor don'ts. 
For a high quality printable version of the above Homeowner Best Practices sheet, please check here . If you would like print outs of this sheet to stock in your town hall, community center, or to otherwise pass out to homeowners, let us know and we would be happy to bring you a stack!
You're Invited!
Please join us in honoring our 2019 Heritage Home Program award winner, 4014 Fulton Court, at our annual   Celebration of Preservation  event! This year it will be hosted on March 22nd at the Ohio Theater. To reserve your ticket, please contact Sophia Szeles at (216) 426-3117.   

4014 Fulton Court, Cleveland
Nancy Sacarcella and Michael McBride had big plans when they purchased the two bedroom, two bathroom single family home at 4014 Fulton Court in January of 2017. Selling for $12,000, the Ohio City home was listed not only as vacant but also severely distressed. Motivated by a familial trend of renovating and managing historic properties in Ohio City - a task the family has undertaken for over twenty years - Nancy and Michael decided to take advantage of the neighborhood's strong housing market and maintain the home as a rental unit, providing an economical option for young people looking to live in the community.

Over the course of a whirlwind 7 months, the abandoned property underwent an extensive exterior rehabilitation which included removing aluminum and stone veneer siding and installing Hardie Board Siding, building a two story addition on the rear of the house, building a new front stoop, and installing a new exterior door to the basement. The interior was gutted, receiving new mechanicals, drywall, and flooring. A second story addition allowed for a new floor plan that resituated the stairs, enabling more open living space, a larger kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Though the major streets surrounding Fulton Court have seen a great amount of preservation, renovation and rehabilitation, this is the first residence on Fulton Court to be rehabilitated.

Nancy and Michael felt confident in their project because they knew the favorable terms of the Heritage Home Program loan would support a quality renovation. Interested in getting started with your own renovations? Please reach out to Emma Kopp or Jessica Beam using the contact information at the bottom of this email to get started. We're looking forward to helping you become next year's award winner!

The Heritage Home Program is Presenting in a City Near You!

The Heritage Home Program is hosting a number of presentations and information sessions for participating communities this spring. Continue reading for our full list of where to find us in May:

May 1st
Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Mayfield Village, and Mayfield Heights Information Session: 5:30 P.M. @ the Mayfield Public Library

Lyndhurst and Beachwood Information Session: 6:00 P.M. @ Beachwood City Hall
May 6th
Chardon Information Session: 5:30 P.M. @ the Heritage House
May 8th
Euclid Information Session: 6:00 P.M. @ Euclid City Hall

Glenwillow, Oakwood Village, Bedford, and Walton Hills Information Session: 6:30 P.M. @ Oakwood Community Center
May 23rd
Elyria and Oberlin Information Session: 6:00 P.M. @ Oberlin Fire Station
Don't see your city? Don't worry! We will continue to host sessions throughout June. See out calendar at heritagehomeprogram.org for a complete list of events, or keep an eye out on June's Field Notes for next month's programs.

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