Jamie Magee May 7 2009 11:50:35 PM
The last month has flown by, sorry for lack of updates. Lots has happened...
1) City of Newark has a relatively strict statute requiring fire sprinklers throughout a house if more than 50% of it is renovated. They don't define what constitutes "renovated", but initially we were approved to start the project without sprinklers. However, half-way through, they changed the way they measure "% renovated" and now we DO have to install sprinklers. Ugh. This had been a huge debacle at several steps along the way, and it all stemmed from the City giving me the wrong advice in the first place. Don't even get me started. The downside is cutting into every ceiling, and paying a nice chunk of our budget for this system, is not something we had planned on. The good news is I bid this out to 5 different firms and found CMP Fire LLC
that a) was local, b) took the time to plan exactly how they'd do it with minimal impact on our design, and c) was very reasonably priced. And yes, these are the same fire sprinklers you see in commercial buildings, but in homes the heads are often recessed into the drywall behind a flat white plastic disc about 3" in diameter. So they actually look fairly unnoticeable compared to the lights, speakers, smoke detectors, etc.
2) Now that we're going over the 50% threshold into sprinkler territory anyway, we can recover some budget and gain some schedule by finishing the basement at the same time rather than a separate project later (which was the original plan in order to avoid going over 50% renovation at any one time). Here's our basement plan...
3) Drywalling is complete on the main and upper floor. About 15 guys, none taller than 5'6", put up all the wall board in a single day. It was amazing.
4) Bricking is underway