Things are sorta moving along. Our builder keeps offering that ‘once a project schedule is derailed (delayed beams), it’s a challenge to get sub contractors back on task‘ – they’ve moved on to their backlog of other projects. True enough.
Nevertheless, plumbing rough-ins and mechanical rough-ins have started. Coordination of trades is critical; it helps to have an architect on your side. I’ve pointed out to both subs several times that skylights will be right where they are installing something (god-forbid they bring the drawings). Coordination is the general contractor’s responsibility, but I’m finding out in residential construction that it equates more to rolling with or fixing errors as best as possible rather than preventing them. I think they invest less front-end time to remain competitive.
In our last post, the retaining walls were stalled by rain. We pushed hard the last three weekends to make up lost time and it has been a killer. Hello ibuprofen! Oh, hi muscles! We’ve had heaps of help from our friends and family – Brian O., Jon & Danielle, Kyle B., Andrew A., Nick S., Jay L., Matt to the W., Paul S., and a neighbor’s employee, Mike, helped just ’cause it was something to do! The same neighbor, Bob, has been lending tools too. We’re continually reminded that we can’t do this alone and we are incredibly grateful for all our conspirators!
After trying to do everything by hand on the first Saturday (killing both myself and Brian O.) I realized I should rent something big and machinely. A dingo did the trick. And never fails to elicit the same response when mentioned. One lesson has been constant: Always have the right tool for the job. It’s worth it. And you don’t endanger your friendships as much (sorry Brian!).
Winter is coming. We’ve decided to hire out the terraced walls in hopes we can get to rough grading and septic installation before a hard freeze. Otherwise, there’s no way we’ll occupy this before spring. The other walls we installed only need final touches.
We asked the mechanical sub to look into geothermal for us. The initial expense is a drastic increase (2.3X) – though we’ve already saved as much by “value engineering” through change orders. A 30% tax credit helps immensely. The guy calculated a 9.2 year payback, and we’re going for it. The biggest challenge will be wrangling the drilling truck into place for the vertical loop.
We are expecting siding and electrical rough-ins to start this week.