It has been almost one year since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore and swept away the foundation of this home in Ortley Beach, NJ. We have worked with the homeowners throughout the year to help with their recovery (see blog posts Update on Ortley Beach Home Damaged by Sandy and Helping an Ortley Beach Family Back Into Their Home), and were back again to help them in the next phase of their restoration. Our crew recently installed a new concrete driveway and sidewalk in the front of the home, and a beautiful new concrete patio in the back. Joe Wehner & Sons has been happy to help this family impacted by the storm and honored that they continue to choose us for their projects.
Being on the Jersey Shore, residents and visitors alike have a number of places to choose from when it comes to docking and storing their boats. To attract customers, marina owners continually upgrade their amenities in an attempt to improve the experiences of their guests and provide them with a waterfront environment like no other. Joe Wehner & Sons Contracting recently worked with a private marina to renovate its existing infrastructure and improve the overall appeal of the property. During the project Joe and his team worked meticulously to install new paver walkways, concrete curbs, catch basins and drain pipes. The end result was a skillfully enhanced marina designed to please current and prospective customers.
As professional contractors, we get called on to do a variety of jobs ranging from tiny backyard walkways to large land prep for commercial properties. We work with our customers to create solutions for the mundane problems they face each day, as well as assist those in the direst of situations. (See our earlier blog post: Restoring the Shore One Home at a Time)
This week we were asked to create an alternative for one of the most unsightly aspects of all commercial properties: the dumpster. Dumpsters are a necessary evil for most commercial properties, and one that can quickly become an eyesore. There are a number options and designs available; but building an enclosure that is aesthetically pleasing, is capable of hiding and protecting the dumpster, and meets all codes and regulations can be an arduous task – but Joe Wehner & Sons Contracting completed it with ease.
As an excavating business, sometimes we are lucky enough to literally “dig up the past” on a job. Our most common finds are glass bottles which are usually found one to two feet below ground level. We have found everything from milk and beverage jugs to fruit jars and apothecary bottles. After doing some research, we found that these are not uncommon finds at all: “Most homes had a privy or in modern terms an outdoor restroom. This was one way people would dispose of their garbage or they would just dig a hole in their yard and dispose of it that way. Many privies could be in the back yard. As one would get filled up, another would get dug.” (http://www.bottlepickers.com/digging_bottles.htm)
Antique bottle collecting is a hobby of many at the Jersey Shore. These bottles provide a glimpse into the lives of those living at the shore during the late 19th and 20th centuries. For more information on bottle collecting, you can visit the following sites:
The Ortley Beach family whose home was the topic of one of our earlier blog posts (see "Helping an Ortley Beach Family Back Into Their Home") contacted us recently to complete the next phase of their Hurricane Sandy repair. During the storm, more than 6 feet of earth was swept out from underneath the home leaving the pilings visible and important electrical and plumbing components exposed and open to damage.
Joe and his team recently returned to the home with 3 large truckloads of sand to fill the crawl space which would allow the homeowners to finish other important utility repairs. The first step in the process was to cut a hole to make an entry where workers could shovel sand down into the space to a waiting worker with a wheel barrel. The worker then transported the sand to areas throughout the space where he leveled it off, smoothed it out, and brought the depth of the space from 6 feet to only 3.
Joe and his team also brought in more sand to fill in around the outside of the home.
Homeowners are not the only ones looking to upgrade before the warm weather is upon us-commercial property owners are thinking ahead too. Joe Wehner & Sons has started a multi-phase project at a local swim and tennis club to ready it for the summer season and the hundreds of members who will utilize it during the months of June, July and August.
Today Joe and his team started the first stage of renovation by pulling out all of the existing concrete from around the pool area to prepare it for the plumbing and pool contractors who will come in next to update the existing equipment.
As seen in the picture, Joe operated the Bobcat while his team assisted in the haul away of the concrete slabs. The new roll-off container was used to transport the debris and made for easy disposal. Once phase-two has been completed by the plumbing and pool contractors, Joe will return to pour new concrete and install pavers to create a completed renovated outdoor space! Check back for
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Jackson, NJ 08527
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