House #31: Slow Progress

March 4, 2012 · 3 comments

We’ve already lost much of the first two weeks of work at The Puzzle House, mainly due to difficulty getting the utilities on…

When I called to get the power turned on the day of closing, I was told that — because the electricity had been off for nearly two years — I needed to get a county inspection prior to turning it back on. Well, my GC started working on it that day, but after having to get his electrician to fill out some paperwork and make some basic repairs, ordering the inspection, failing the first inspection (due to issues from the original builder), fixing those issues, ordering a second inspection, passing the second inspection, waiting for the inspection office to notify the power company and then waiting for the power company to actually get the power on, it’s been nearly two weeks.

In the meantime, the crew was able to do some very basic work without the power on:

  • Demo is complete
  • The design of the new kitchen has been determined
  • The holes are dug for the new foundation piers/footers we’re installing
  • We’ve passed the inspection of the holes for the piers/footers
  • We’ve started design of the new living room/dining room layout

Now that the power is on, we expect this week to be quite a bit more productive; hopefully we’ll complete most or all of the following:

  • All foundation work
  • Re-plumbing the house
  • All rough electrical
  • Framing of new wall and windows

I’ll have another update and some more pictures later in the week…

3 responses to “House #31: Slow Progress”

  1. Brian says:

    Hey J:

    Who’s involved in the design of the kitchen?

  2. IvaPil says:

    I’d also like to know who makes the layout or design of the kitchen, living and dining room? do you subcontract or you do it in house?

  3. J Scott says:

    Hey Brian, IvaPil,

    Our kitchen and shared area designs on this project are being done with a combination of three people:

    1. My wife, who does all of our design, decorating, color choices, finishing choices, etc
    2. My GCs designer, who is amazing at space planning and conceptualizing layouts and designs
    3. Our kitchen cabinet supplier, who always has some great insights on kitchen/cabinet layout

    This project is truly a shared effort when it comes to design…

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