Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Unholy Mess that is Drywall

Actually, that's not true. Or at least it's not true on my job site!  I walked in today to take a look at the drywall and see how everything was going.  It was looking good.  I didn't have the amount of time that I would need in order to do the full walk through, but that is something I'll do tomorrow.

The real reason why I stopped by was to find out how well we were doing on our schedule.  You see, we are getting down to the end.  2 months into the process and it just FLEW by.  But now we are getting to that point where the big wows will start happening.  There is something about drywall that makes a house feel complete.  Even without cabinets and toilets and floors, just that definition of space allows people to see what can be.  It's the most excited I've been through this whole process.  (though I think once the real finishes go in, that will be my favorite time!)

Where was I?  Ah, yes.  Back to the drywall.  Not that we are on the strictest of time since we probably won't put the house on the market until March 1st, but keeping to a schedule and finding those pitfalls that could extend our schedule out in future houses, that's really important.

The drywall guys are a day behind.  That is even with them working Christmas Eve at the site.  Am I mad?  No. Am I disappointed?  A little bit.  It's one less day for Shawn Sparks (henceforth known as The Painter) to prime and paint.  Starting Saturday until the Sunday after, Shawn will be adorable in a pair of painters paints and a mask.  Which I guess means we need to solidify some paint colors!  Aie!  Dios Mio!

After the painter is finished, our flooring guy will come in.  He's tiling the kitchen floor, and bathroom floors, putting in the tile surrounds for the bath tub and shower stall, and laying the hardwoods.

What next???  Stay tuned!

Pictures to come!

1 week behind...


When Shawn and I left for a quick trip north to see my little cousin, Chelsae, get married, everything seemed like it was going well.

Fast forward 7 days.  I walked in there this morning and some progress had been made.  A lot of electrical has been run.  Outlets and junction boxes are up and in.  This is good.  But this was only supposed to take 2 days.  Apparently the Baltimore City Inspector was not pleased with how something was done and a bunch had to be taken out and then redone.  Bummer.

What does that means for us?  It means that we are a week behind schedule.  Drywall, which was supposed to happen this week will not be done until next week.  Next week is when we were supposed to start flooring and tile!

To make things a little more manageable and to get everyone on the same page, I called a meeting of the Site Manager and my flooring guy.  Gratefully they were on the same page and have resolved any conflicts in schedule.

Hopefully everything will continue to go according to plan!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Update: One Month In

Wow, what a month it has been.  I will have many mini updates that I will be sending out to give you an idea of the little tweaks we've done since we've started, but first let me just say, "It's True."

What's true??  I'm glad you asked.

Starting your own company is a lot of work.  Working full time while starting your own company is exhausting.  3 out of the 5 days during the week I (and sometimes Shawn) get up early and go over to the site and talk with our site manager, Marty.  We're there for 45 minutes to go over the plan for the day or so and talk about changes and then it's either a couple of minutes of extra work during the day to either answer the questions that Marty had or a couple of hours of redesign.

Highlights of the last month include:

1.  BGE (the electric company) not having an issue with the in-feed cable so that we don't have to ask the next door neighbors to help split costs with us on taking it down and redoing it.

2.  The Inspector being happy to Grand Father Clause in the 2nd floor cantilevered porch on the back.  Which means that we will only have to worry about the cosmetics.

3.  Load Bearing Walls being in places that are not convenient to where I've designed things.  More on that in another post.

4.  Passing Inspections!

Pictures forthcoming!