Posted to Naperville-Webster-St by Patrick in Naperville, IL
on 4/9/2009 9:45:03 PM
Time seems to be at a premium lately - hence both blogs have been left
hanging. We had inspections the other week and we certainly hit some
foul balls. Out of the five we had, we passed only one - the gas piping.
Plumbing, electrical, HVAC and framing all got denied.
Plumbing was mostly some small issues - they had them fixed in a couple of hours and have since passed.
had placed all the first floor switches at 52" off finished floor - turns
out Naperville is ADA compliant - and first floor must be 48". So that
meant they all needed to be lowered. They also needed to raise the
lower outlets - but that was accomplished by using an offset mud ring.
They had also measured some of the spacing between outlets incorrectly
(apparently, when measuring from a four-panel door, you measure from the
panel that opens - not the fixed panels - so that threw a couple things
out of whack. They needed to add a couple here and there.
Anddddd... they also needed to run wire in all the boxes for the
inspection to determine the "box fill". So they had a couple days of
work... but have since passed.
HVAC got dinged on a 25+ foot
dryer vent run... they had about 28'... they have modified... we have yet
to get it reinspected as it needs to be done along with framing.
got dinged 15-20+ ways. Many I, I think are overkill, but it is what it
is. Many are small and are corrected... but we actually had to call the
architect out to the site to sign off on something. We are awaiting
And we have had a small issue arise with
insulation meeting code... but I think the issue may be for naught -
as the architect told me today the issue should not apply to our
house... we shall see.
Other than inspections - things have
slowed a bit... as siding is on order, but is about 10 days out yet... so
we really can't do much (insulation, drywall) until the siding is on,
as there are still spots where water seeps in due to siding not being
on. And since we are going with blown-in cellulose - it can't get wet
and it needs a couple days to settle once installed without any banging
(i.e. siding work)... so we are going to have to try to wiggle both in
somehow at the same time.
Timing is starting to concern me a
bit... as our rental runs until end of June. I originally thought that
would be more than enough... now it's getting tight.
Budget took a
few hits - as cabinets ran a few thousand over and the
siding/fascia/soffit was a few thousand over as well. On the siding - I
realized that an aluminum soffit would have looked bad on a house with
fiber cement siding and Miratec trimwork - thus we had to upgrade to a
cedar soffit - it will all be custom colored to match the Miratec
trimwork - what you see on most teardown houses. So my little cushion
is disappearing as well. Good news is 90% of the big ticket items have
been booked... so the amount left to be decided yet is small.