Throwing in the Towel – Almost…

Last week I ended up with bruised nuckles after I punched my car after a rather frustrating meeting with an engineer about some of the “stranger” features of our renovations…

I must admit that this renovation process is a lot more complicated and aggrivating than I had thought it would be. I was looking at the real estate section of the newspaper last weekend and thought about how nice it would be to buy the house down the street that already has four bedrooms, two living areas and a new kitchen.

Now with an extra week behind me I am feeling a bit better about the whole project. This week I met with my original architect and I found out that the strange things in the drawings were actually recommended by our original builders, who we got rid of quite a while ago. The main thing that had been bugging me was that the drawing had required a new joist to be run next to every existing joist. This is a lot of extra work and materials, which means a lot of extra money for me. Now I need to get in touch with the builders who had quoted us already and get them to re-quote the work with the new information from the architect, which was that the extra joists were not needed.

If it all goes how I hope these changes will hopefully mean that we can afford to go ahead with the full renovations, rather than just getting the shell under the house done.

One Reply to “Throwing in the Towel – Almost…”

  1. jm

    We feel your pain. We have had to sister the joists–room by room–while living in the house. The biggest part of that project will be in the living room.

    Our old house was built with only 6 inch joists over the span. With today’s building standards, those same joists would be 10 inches. It’s frustrating, but we noticed a difference already in the stability of the floors that we’ve reinforced.

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