Laser Beams

It’s great when a plan comes together! On Saturday, before the carpenters arrived on Monday, I met with John, the head carpenter and owner. We wanted to make sure that the lumber yard, that he had the correct plans and any change orders that affect his work and that the lumberyard had sent the material they needed to set the steel beams. We found a couple problems, located our salesman and arranged for John to pick up some material he needed first thing Monday. When the crew arrived Monday they started by stringing lines all over the place and measuring in at least 3 dimensions. Before they lifted the first hammer or moved any steel or lumber they wanted to be sure the foundation folks had done their job right and found they had. They actually used a laser to set the footings, walls and block. Amazing! Laser Beams







Then came the steel beams, laser straight:

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Next, the engineered to be laser straight I-joists (if they were higher tech they would be “iJoists”) are placed mostly running front to back 16″ on center to form the deck.

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Laser Beams

Then the engineered floor panels will be fastened to the I-Joists with heavy construction adhesive and nails from an air powered nail gun to provide a sturdy, squeak free floor. This all seems to go pretty quickly but we are looking here at 3 days work for 5 men and one machine that does a lot of the heavy lifting and saves backs and time. We will try to keep track of the carpenters’ hours as we move along.

That’s all for now. We will probably be talking again this weekend!

TIMBER! And a little lesson about purchasing

Back at Turtle Pond Court, Detroit Edison came by and installed our electric meter so we will have power for all of our trades without them having to run generators. How often do you see a meter with all zeros? Meter Reading









We got the sand fill placed in the basement, garage so these areas are ready for concrete and our first load of lumber was delivered but our carpenter is not going to get there until Wednesday :-(

Timber Timber

We have been hard at work on interior and exterior material selections, sourcing these items and obtaining bids. This is a PROCESS where we look for suppliers that bring us the best value – to us VALUE is a combination of function, aesthetics and price. We look for the maximum on the first 2 items while balancing this with the third. Sometimes this requires us to open up the plans (or look at them on our iPad using a really cool application called PlanGrid), roll up our sleeves and actually measure and determine quantities. We will then look for wholesale prices on products that we think will work for us. If the proposal is for labor and material we will estimate the labor cost. This gives us our own estimate of the labor, overhead and profit that the contractor is charging to arrive at what we SHOULD be paying. Then we try to find vendors that can deliver the quality we demand and do it within our pricing expectations. Just getting multiple bids does not cut it!



We will be back with more soon!