Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding – A DIY Blog Series
This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single handedly tackles some renovation; from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not.
It has been a while since the last Homework post, back before Thanksgiving. I left that post with a rundown of substantial completion and finishing touches.
Next week is Thanksgiving so it is going to be great to get this project done, or at least substantially complete, by then. All the screen will be installed, The soffit will be finished and sealed, the tools will be moved back to their home in the garage, and the porch and patio furniture will be set up and ready for our guests to relax in while the feast in being prepared. Once the holiday passes, I will go back to working solo, on my one ladder. I have some spot touch up to do on the stain. I also want to install some straps between the rail posts, columns and columns under the screened in porch and stain those as well. Another finishing touch will be installing an overhang around the porch to protect the sides from getting too wet in the rain.
The term substantial completion is a building industry schedule standard used for when a facility is to a point of project completion when occupants can move in and use for its intended purpose. At this point in the project, the contractor is due a reduction in retainage, a small percentage of payments held by the owner until final completion. Also, most building and equipment warranty periods begin. Well, we are currently using the porch for its intended purpose, when the weather is not too cold. There’s no retainage on this DIY project, for obvious reasons. And, all of my DIY projects come with a non-transferable lifetime warranty. There we have it – substantial completion.
Looking ahead toward final completion is a bit cloudy. It is cold, rainy, windy and snowy, and cloudy to be more specific. At this point though, the porch screen is complete, the corrugated soffit is installed, and new French doors to the porch are installed.
I am looking forward to a weekend soon when I can roll out the tools one last time, drive that last screw, lay that last bead of sealant, and touch up that last bit of cedar stain. Until that day and that MODwelling post, I will have to leave you with these photos of our substantially complete screened in porch. Click the images for a larger view.
Until next time, live nicely.