Sunday, April 12, 2009

weeks 1 & 2: deconstruction & rough-in plumbing

The deconstruction team from Premier Plus Construction, Inc. came out (the day after contract signing, no less) and gingerly removed the CVG Douglas Fir TNG v-groove board that lined the walls and ceiling. It took Daniel and Nick three days to remove nearly 4500 lineal feet. We gave it to a friend who will reuse the material in another improvement project. We are very happy it will go to a new home rather than a dumpster or as landfill.

The concrete slab was cut by Antonio and Jordan of Brothers Concrete Cutting, Inc. in a couple of hours, and the rough plumbing was installed by Andy and Daniil of Anctil Plumbing, Inc. in three days. After the rough-in was inspected, the concrete was poured by Michael Stearns and Gene of Accu-Pro. All this in two week’s time!

I am STILL tweaking the design and fine-tuning finishes. Architects make the worst clients. Granted, the design rework was due to an excellent idea that came about during the bidding phase and the reselection of some of the finishes was an effort to maximize aesthetic effect per dollar, but it makes me nervous to be doing this during construction as I do not want to adversely affect the schedule. Dawn Strout and Marc Stumpf over at ecohaus and Hilary Noah of Dal-Tile were extremely helpful in the selection of materials that give the most bang for the buck. Thanks, you guys are the greatest!

The one item that delayed the project was the window selection. I had a difficult time settling on a product style, but in the end selected Marvin’s Ultimate Wood windows. Mark Bell and Andrew Haslam of Classic Sash and Door Company did a marvelous and thorough job, and patiently explained all the available options. I don't know how we would have done it without all their assistance.

We are also looking at how to best layout the AV equipment, something that should have occurred much sooner, as it potentially could affect the framing plan. We talked at length with Teri Inman of Stereotypes about AV equipment and their requirements, and feel certain that everything is in order. Teri, you rock!

Tune in next time for the new furnace installation!

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