Updated: Dec 23, 2020
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Gladstone Blvd N - Part 3
After months of planning and thermal blankets to thaw the area next to the house for excavation, we were underway!
First we needed to get the footers, poured concrete, back fill, and framing done. This process always go fast and is very misleading. The homeowners were optimistic we would finish ahead of schedule because of this.
What I and the contractor Nick knew was that back orders, lumber shortages, increase prices, and tariffs would soon plague our construction site.
Numerous things went on backorder after ordering them... windows, deck supplies, appliances. I know there's a saying it's worth the wait, but try telling that to someone living in their in-laws basement!
We were able to keep powering through, but finishing early or even on time was out of the question. Then add in numerous members of the contracting and sub contracting teams being Covid positive, the job site was shut down a dew times for weeks at a time.
When adding two separate additions there are so many things to factor in regrading relocating and adding to the existing hvac, electrical, and plumbing. A lot of planning and man power hours went in to facilitating these changes and additions. If you notice in the picture directly above the utility box that was on the exterior so that we can open up that area to connect to the now butler's pantry to kitchen.
You also need to have things closed up until you have everything in order to connect the spaces. In the two story kitchen addition we couldn't move forward until the old exterior wall came down to allow for the expansion of the kitchen into the new space, creating a kitchen twice the size of the original.
Also making sure that all things necessary that need to be specified are is something that makes the job run so much smoother. For example, since there were two additions with a deck connecting the two we would need exterior lights, among other things that you wouldn't normally think of.
I could just chose them and buy them for the client to receive my trade discount, but the clients wanted me on site for all decisions, specifically in this case, where exactly they will be located and then making sure the electrician on the job. We also decided to put an outdoor tv on the deck and with all hands on deck chose it's location.
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR PART 4: Close to the finish line
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!