And here we are.
3 weeks into the 10 week construction of our new home addition and it seems to be flying by.
Last week was the most gratifying as it was the week that they framed the exterior walls. Now we can really see the scale of the new building and start to imagine how the individual rooms will feel.
It seems bigger than I expected!
A few weeks back I wrote: Breaking Ground Eve in which I shared the various anxieties I had about the construction.
I asked several questions in that post. And now I have some answers:
Will the building get built correctly to the drawings and specs?
I'd say they are following the drawings to about 95% accuracy. I am going to try to get them up to 99%.
Were my drawings sufficient?
So far yes. I did have one little error...but hey! who's perfect!
Will the contractors show up?
Other than the first day, yes they have been here every day.
Will the contractors finish on time?
They are a couple days behind pace, but I am pleased. It just so happens to be the tropical storm season and has been raining every afternoon.
Is living in a construction zone going to drive us bonkers?
Actually it hasn't been bad. The workers do not come inside the house and have kept a very tidy construction site. By the time they get here we are on our way to work.
Danielle's occasionally works night shifts, so sleeps during the day. A few times she has been waken up.
Honestly, I kinda like having company!
Will our neighbors hate us?
Not that I am aware of. We have actually been more engaged with our neighborhood.
Everybody is very interested in the construction and stops by to ask questions. I have struck up many conversations with people about it. Talk about a great ice-breaker!
I've got a lot going on with my professional architecture life. How will I balance all of that?
This part has been the most challenging. Every day I am eager to get home and see the progress. Although I am thrilled with the progress I will often find a few errors at which point I ask myself..."I wonder why they didn't follow the drawing?"
And it causes stress.
Which I don't need when I get back from work. And I have had some really stressful days at work recently.
So what do we do when we are stressed?
When we renovated our house in 2013 we had a party when we were about half done. All of the studs were exposed and it was just a really cool atmosphere.
Jump ahead to this past weekend and we figured we would do the same thing. The weather was nice and we had this temporary outdoor terrace, we figured why not start enjoying the addition!
Nothing says party-time like architectural drawings nailed to the wall!
That's all folks!
Steve Ramos AIA, LEED AP
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