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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 3/4/2009

It had been a couple of weeks since our last get-together with Architectural Engineer Scott due to his coming down with a nasty case of creeping crud, so we were pleased to have another tag-up as several things had happened since our last meeting.

First up was our updating Scott on what had happened with the roofing contractor.  As I noted in a previous post Colleen and I met with a very nice lady to go over her company's bid for Tanglewood's metal roof and gutter system, and Scott was curious about how that had gone.   Scott was very interested to hear about this since none of his recent clients had gone with a metal roof.  We covered all the basics and then began to discuss the different roofing options that the roofer had suggested.  Scott didn't seem entirely sure that it was necessary to use the IB PVC System rather than the EPDM that he'd specified--I had the impression he felt it was likely overkill--but he didn't seem to have a major objection either.  If we go with that roofing contractor we'll probably go ahead and use their recommendations since they're more comfortable with it (making sure your contractors are comfortable with and expert at what they're doing, rather than letting them practice something new on you, is very desirable).

After that we moved to a quick discussion of the footers.  There was nothing too major here, mostly my double checking a couple of points regarding the Form-A-Drain system that we intend to use. Let's be clear here--using Form-A-Drain is close to (if not the) the most expensive option we could go with but we like the simplicity of the whole thing--it allows us to build the footer forms, install foundation drainage, and allow for radon ventilation all at the same time.  I had questions regarding what would likely be the first inspection of the construction, which will probably be the rebar in these footers prior to the first concrete pour.  Turns out that (in this county, anyway) this inspection can be done either by the county inspector or by the architect who specified the whole thing--in this case, Architect Scott.  While he hadn't done this in a bit it wasn't unheard of, so we might ask him to do it for this project anyway.  We'll cross that bridge when it's upon us, I reckon.

We wrapped up this relatively short session with a scattering of other things.  Scott mentioned that he was finalizing plumbing runs  and that it would probably be a topic at our next meeting.  We asked a couple of questions about sequencing again and got some good direction there, and then he gave Colleen a good writeup on inspections and what they would look for at each one. 

Scott was quite curious about how our recent meetings and bids regarding windows had gone and that led to a discussion of vinyl vs. fiberglass vs. wood-clad aluminum windows.  It's fair to say that he far and away prefers the wood-clad aluminum and based on what I've been able to tell from the various catalogs and showrooms that's clearly what they would all prefer to sell you--the price differences between vinyl and the wood-clad stuff is ginormous!  Heck I like the wood-clad aluminum better too, but I'm not sure what to do with estimates that vary by literally a factor of 4 or 5....seems like a budget-buster.  I can't decide whether or not I'm over-working this; are the benefits of the wood-clad so much better that they're well worth the price, or would I be better off picking something in the middle (such as the fiberglass)?  More research is needed here, to be sure.

It'll all be fun, I'm sure!

Steven in Colorado Springs

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