Alright so with the foundation for the new addition and garage poured and ready we were ready to rock and roll. We used our local building supply company Shelpeys for all our building needs. Not only do we believe strongly in supporting local business' but we enjoy giving our business to companies that give back to the community and Shelpeys is one that goes above and beyond. We were paired with a sales agent that took our plans and gave us a page by page list that is broke down into stages with all materials and cost. It gives you a clear idea of what your build is going to cost with no surprises. Before we started our construction we had a general idea of our entire project budget. Again some people don't have budgets they're renovation is usually set around their wants as opposed to numbers, but sadly we are not those people. Having broken down our project by stages I then was able to get competitive estimates from different companies. Have I mentioned I don't like surprises? I'm also someone who likes to stick to a plan. I mean little variances here and there are good, you need to be flexible when it comes anything really. But usually, when it comes to my budget I'm pretty much on the nail.
Initially, we were going to frame the project ourselves. Then after some thinking and coming back down to earth we realized if we wanted to finish this project within a year there was just no way we could frame it and finish it ourselves ( considering we are both full-time working and only have weekends available. ) We found a builder who gave us an estimate just for framing and we would still take care of the lumber drops and material. This is not very usual, a builder will usually want to order his own stock. For many reasons but some of the main ones being they have their own accounts and receive discounts that they are able to pass onto you, they make sure they have everything that they need when they need it. They can't have a crew standing around with anything to do because the shipment wasn't placed properly and if there is a problem with the shipment/lumber or anything it makes it easier for them to contact the supplier directly in order to perform a return or replace anything that was damaged during shipping
Framing is something you want to invest in. It's the base for your entire project. Making sure everything is square and all measurements are right will ensure a smooth build. When they started framing I can't tell you how great it was to watch something being built before your eyes. Not to mention we've not performed the work ourselves, So I would leave to bring the kids to school, and when I would return the difference was drastic for me. You'll notice that during the framing I made some quick decision changes. Walking around the space on the top of the garage I realized quickly that we had too many windows planned. I would have no wall space to place the wall mounted T.V I had planned. So we removed one window from upstairs and one from the bottom and evenly spaced them apart. The other change I made was the original entryway door was a standard 6-panel door with a side-lite. Watching the framing come together I would stand outside in the driveway and stare at the space in between the existing house and new garage. It was boring and un-inviting it also didn't balance the space out. So instead we opted for an Andersen french door that was color-matched to the existing dark windows. and then balanced it with a window on each side of it and it was the best decision I think we made. Seeing something on paper and in real life is very different, It was also very cool to see the actual size and what your building is going to be. It took two men a week and a half to get it framed but the day they left we were sad, you get used to waking up and seeing them every day, and also it was nice seeing the project take shape so quickly. Another thing I think is super important and I learned from my husband as he was a laborer for many years before becoming licensed and that is thanking the workers that were on-site and not just the one contractor you hired. You have to remember that the general contractor you hired is making the most money, but the individual workers are making an hourly wage, and even if its a small gift certificate for a coffee shop they appreciate this.
with framing completed and our team gone we were up to bat. Windows were ordered and we were waiting for delivery. I could finally stand back and start to get a feel for new space. My creative mind overflowing with ideas and excitement. I don't know if I mentioned this but the space over our garage will eventually be a one-bedroom apartment that we will rent out seasonally with Airbnb, which in itself makes me want to lock myself in the bedroom with a notebook and Pinterest for hours of fun. ( What can I say designing these projects is the cherry on the sundae for me) Stay tuned on window and siding choices... sometimes things are not always what you expect
HI, I'm Meagan -aka Meg, I'm here to share what it's like Living, Working & renovating life on Cape Cod . We're making our house a home one renovation at a time. Home wasn’t built in a day, but the journey is half the fun.