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Amy’s Series: After Rough Mechanical


Amy’s Series: After Rough Mechanical

In Basement Remodeling by Amy Iverson / June 5, 2019

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The Mess, The Noise, And Change Orders!

The Mess:

The rough carpentry and rough mechanicals are complete and we didn’t experience much mess yet.  Pretty painless at this stage of the project.

The Noise:

Steve and I were out of town during the rough mechanicals. Even if we were in town we would have been at work, so we wouldn’t have heard the noise.  But, this was the week that it was -50 and the kids were home from school all week.  No sleeping in for them.  Especially when the plumbers were there jack-hammering the concrete to open the floor to get the plumbing to the bathroom and laundry room, per plan.  If you work from home or have kids napping plan on a noisy week.

Change Orders:

This is an inevitable part of construction.  Steve and I thought we had perfected the plan and still made a few tweaks, such as adding a door after the rough frame was done.  Working in the office I get to see that almost every job has some electrical change orders, big and small.  We meet with Lee to go through the electrical layout: we talked about where we wanted lights and what switches would turn them on.  Lee had some great ideas on cleaning some electrical wires that were going through the painted ceiling in the laundry room, adding a sub panel in the 2nd storage room, installing under cabinet lights…all this adds up quick :).  Lee then sent our changes to Pam and she gave us pricing on the changes.  From there we had to decide if we wanted to spend the money on these changes.  In the end we approved them and are very happy we spent the money on the front end to have a great finished product on the back end.

All-In-All, I’m really loving our layout and think the team did a great job with the plan.

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