|roses watch the their new home companion|
|start of loft|
And there are miles of silver foil sheaths peeking out and twinkling behind the framing, knowing they will soon be hidden away, and what looks like plastic garbage bags channeling an amusement park tunnel attraction but is in fact part of the HVAC.
This was no small task; especially as all the house items and furniture from the living room and kitchen and garden room have already been moved to the garage.
There is no place left to put the stuff!
|My design request - to be scaled for front porch|
The design compromise that was emailed was a random bluestone patter -- too dizzying to work with the clean, straight-on walk design I envision and designed. After some phone consultation, the mason brothers came over to meet and lay out my suggested alternative design concept, using 16" bluestone. On the diagonal/diamond-shaped. With bricks around the sides. ^:^ Sounds pretty familiar? It worked for me!
We try to stay focused on the progress. We try to stay out of the dust. We try not to think about the loss of privacy or the lack of space to put anything. Thank goodness we have the Gotham apartment to live in during the week. And my mother's welcoming condo down the street. On the water. We need to get away from all this plus the noise and mud and …
It will look so dreamy mirroring and reflecting the water of the bay and the wide berth of sky behind and framing.
There is more than enough challenges and stress to go around. Be sure to partner with someone who shares your values and character as well as your style and vision.
Do not trust anyone with your budget. The trust is too often misplaced. Go over the numbers yourselves and then together with the GC manager. Sadly, professionalism can be in the eye of the doer.
Homeowners are so busy with their work and family lives that more often than not they do rely on the GC for that oversight management they are being paid for. However they make mistakes. Sometimes bad ones.
I also recommend having constant email and text updates. That’s worked very well for us. Weekly meetings – not so much. The meetings should be more than requests for money. They should include design review before work is to begin in the areas next in the work flow schedule. While we only had two change orders, we might have been able to realize the need for different windows if we had walked around once the part of the construction was completed to a point to see what was emerging.
Take notes and write meeting reports to share with key decision makers.
Review and review and confirm.
The meetings should also foster a sense of team, shared responsibility and commitment and pride…
Weather plays a big role in home renovation in locales where there are four seasons. Outside of getting the work done in the ideal temperature-kissed late spring through fall time period, there are still rainstorms.
And given climate change - - (yes, Virginia, there IS climate change!) there will be more wild swings in weather patterns including this year's hurricane, tornado, and earthquake. So I suggest looking to the weather channel's long-range forecast when planning the work schedule. It's a good arrow in the quiver. And it's a good way to plan to use the teams for inside tasks when inclement weather prevents outdoor work.
Securing permits is also a time and schedule challenge that needs to be managed.
Take lots of pictures - before - and as the project progresses.
Have fun. Enjoy the path to a soon-to-be new style