Yesterday was day 2 of the Reno. Half the day was spent mapping out the exact positioning of the electrical, and also the layout of the beadborad ceiling and tray ceiling trims.
While, I could have done this on the plans, I prefer to do it right on site, walls down and contractor there to bounce ideas off. We taped out the bed on the floor, night tables, dresser and then decided on the maximum width for the built in closets and how many rows of hanging bars, shelves etc we would have.
then, we marked where every plug and switch would go and the height and how many outlets we need. My biggest peeve is builders who put electrical sockets behind the bed or area clearly earmarked for a large piece of furniture. Unless you can use a flat plug, it forces the furniture to sit almost 2 inches from the wall.
The plumbing fixtures arrived in time for the plumber who does the rough in on Monday.
Checking the boxes, we discovered one of the taps and the shower pressure valve kit is brushed instead of polished nickel. Which means it had to be re-ordered and will delay the plumber on Monday.
And, now the wall is open, we noticed this morning, water running down the plumbing stack where the sink drain vents outside. It was raining this morning and obviously water is getting in.
For people who wonder why construction always runs over schedule and over budget, this is why. There is always a hitch. Something arrives wrong or gets delayed. Now it seems the flooring may be back ordered. Plus we need to find out where the water is coming from and fix it. Always plan for the unexpected. You will always need extra $.
As a designer, these are things that eat up your billable hours. It is essential that your contractor inform you of everything he finds along the way. You then need to find a solution, present it to the client and bascially collect more money. Also you need to physically inspect every package for accuracy. The worst scenario would be the plumber opening all the boxes and installing the wrong fixtures. Once the pipes are soldered and installed, it becomes an expensive mistake to correct. So if you discover an error, you have to call and have it corrected, rebox the item, send it back and then re-receive the new fixture and deliver it to the site. Multiply this by several mistakes and you can have a problem.
The good news here is, I am the client and the deliveries are coming here.
Before. Wall in place.