On to house #2! The new challenge: take a 1953, 2400 sq. ft. ranch house in Arlington, VA and turn it into a two-story, 4800 sq. ft. Craftsman style house. After spending four years from start to finish on the first house, we're hoping to finish this one in 2 to 3 years instead. Back to construction zone living!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ready for Inspection
Another weekend of rough-in work but we're nearing the end now. All the electric and plumbing is done and we put in the firestopping so we're ready for inspection. We used Roxul again for much of the firestop between the basement and first floor and while it's still relatively easy to work with, I also still maintain that it is not itch-free, no matter what the advertising says. At least this time we weren't insulating entire rooms so we were only working with it for a few hours instead of a few days. Then we firmed up the steps by adding 2 x 8 risers. We also framed in the outside door, which turned out to be trickier than expected. We needed to build a bulkhead to hide the drain pipes while still leaving enough room for the door to open fully. Then we had to come up with a way to build the side walls as there's not enough room for trim. The solution was to use 1/2" birch plywood to create a frame similar to the window boxes around the whole door. There wasn't much, or any, room for error but we got it done. Finally, Brian framed up the post in the basement and now we're ready for drywall...just as soon as we pass our rough-in inspection. We'll have the inspector out this week so hopefully we'll have good news to share next weekend!