That's right folks, we are officially launching a roofing company. Over the last few months, we have noticed such a demand for roofing, siding, gutters and windows in Baltimore City and Baltimore County - that we have decided to grow out a roofing segment within Four Twelve.
Four Twelve set a simple and seemingly attainable goal - to create one full time hire from within our community. Through the project, we have exceeded this goal and created 3, 30+ hour/week positions for young apprentices.
On June 5th, we received a call from Jubilee Baltimore. Jubilee and Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) had identified a local resident in Greenmount West whose home was in critical condition - the roof was caving in and broken joists were popping through the ceiling above the bedroom. As a part of their "Legacy Resident Renovation" program, Jubilee and NHS were planning to finance the renovation and had begun the process of identifying a contractor to do the work.
Brickwork is something special in Baltimore City. The homes we are building at 1600 Barclay will be in homage to the the historical architecture of this city. In order to make our brick facades most authentic, we went and walked the block of 1600 Barclay St, in search of the oldest home with the most original architectural details.
As we have grown our company, we have identified many amazing institutions in Baltimore with which we were eager to partner with. One of the most wonderful we have found, is Montessori Public Charter School in Greenmount West.
Montessori wow'ed us from the moment we connected with them.
One of the beauties of new construction homes, is that you are working with a blank canvas. In old homes, you CAN tear out old elements that don't suit your fancy. But one element that is there to stay, is the concrete slab and foundation.
Four Twelve Development is a product of the current climate in Baltimore City. Following the recession of 2008, The Mayor of Baltimore City designed a program called the Vacants to Value (or V2V) program, with an idea to take vacant homes throughout Baltimore, and give them to people for cheap if they were able to restore them.
Today we had the topsoil removed from the footprint of our town homes, this is a necessary first step in putting down a foundation on any site, as the topsoil does not have enough compaction strength to hold up the buildings without shifting
The first dirt has been pushed around at our latest project dubbed "1600 Barclay". This project consists of four new construction rowhomes - for you non-baltimorians, thats a townhouse - built in the style of the existing homes on the street.