This is a guest post from Jericho Hill. In part one of this series, the author discussed the costs of a housing addition. Part two explored funding, and part three featured tips for saving money on construction.

It wouldn’t be a housing addition without delays, problems, incorrect parts, contractor issues, and code problems.  These small things occur in every home remodeling project, and their primary impact is to delay your progress.   We find that by having things to do, we don’t get so upset by the delay.

For instance, this past week we ran the inspection gauntlet : Electrical, Gas, Water, Structural, Footer (Deck), Insulation, Drywall.  We were first told that our gas plan was wrong (despite the City Engineer approving it) because you couldn’t have two stoves in the same house.  When an additional Inspector came and clarified that our plan was correct (Basically, city code states that in order to have an additional stove, there must be an outside exit in the room), we were able to finally pass.

However, our structural inspection ran up against a problem, our plan was again approved by the Engineer but not by the inspector.  We had made the party-wall addition side with plywood and then siding/trim.  Well, we needed to have fire-rated drywall in between the two.  What we did was we showed the inspector we could pull off the siding and trim without damaging it (woohoo! But do this carefully and slowly) and install the fire-rated drywall and then put the stuff back on (that’s where we are today).  Having demonstrated this, we were able to insulate and continue the drywall schedule for the inside.

If you want to avoid delaying your construction, schedule to do stuff yourself outside when your contractors are inside, and vice-versa.  We were able to keep moving on something regardless of any delay that reared its ugly little head.

Storage is becoming a big issue now that deliveries are arriving (our new IKEA kitchen cabinets, vanities, and lighting items from Lowe’s).  Because we have a utility room that we aren’t finishing, we can store these items there.  The whole house must be clear for drywall, its how the installers work.

We’re done our best to communicate with our contractors to make sure they have everything they need and that we have them scheduled far in advance.   It’s also not a bad idea to have in your contract with them a penalty in case they disappear for awhile.  Our carpenters (good ones) we didn’t hear from for a week, so we got delayed a bit (we made up for this in other places to stay fully on schedule). 

It’s also cost-advantageous to purchase everything for your contractors.  You’re only paying them for the install then.  Just have a place to store it.

Next Saturday I’ll talk about installing radiant floor heat and why its such an awesome investment for you home, and that its something that anyone can do.

You can follow the whole home addition process, including pictures and summaries, in this GRS forum thread.

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