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September 27, 2017 NJMike 0

The search term “security door” is a bit better in finding items from the OP.

That said, agree with the other advice given and the conclusion.

My opinion on security is it needs to be concealed, as anything that looks different from the local norm, provides some extra reason for a home to be a target as it may contain more valuables. My thinking on this goes beyond metal doors and would extend to aerial masts, solar panels, etc. unless they are common for the surroundings.

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September 27, 2017 gracie09 0

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The roll up shutters everyone is talking about would be the ticket, but not for this old house, as your suggestions are making me realize that bugging in won’t do the trick…so thank you again…bugging out will be the choice for us.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 29, 2017 Blondie 0
anita wrote:
And PS–glad to see you back! I thought you’d driven that Urban Assault Vehicle right off the edge of the earth!

Glad to see her back, too! :D

The blueprints came and boy am I overwhelmed ! I did get drawings for slab, crawl and full basement options included so I have an idea for mechanicals with each option. Going to study these for a while before I get cost estimates. I need to learn what the water table is here is. The soil is sandy so it shouldn’t be hard to punch a well.

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July 29, 2017 Blondie 0
anita wrote:
And PS–glad to see you back! I thought you’d driven that Urban Assault Vehicle right off the edge of the earth!

Glad to see her back, too! :D

The blueprints came and boy am I overwhelmed ! I did get drawings for slab, crawl and full basement options included so I have an idea for mechanicals with each option. Going to study these for a while before I get cost estimates. I need to learn what the water table is here is. The soil is sandy so it shouldn’t be hard to punch a well.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 anita 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
We have a dry basement, the owner said they put something under it when building called a formadrain.
Sounds like it channels the water away? Also I don’t know what they coated it with but its now 13 years
old and never flooded for them or us. The walls are formed and poured concrete. We do have a sump
pump and when we get deluges it runs, a lot of water is pumped out of it.

And PS–glad to see you back! I thought you’d driven that Urban Assault Vehicle right off the edge of the earth!

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July 28, 2017 anita 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
We have a dry basement, the owner said they put something under it when building called a formadrain.
Sounds like it channels the water away? Also I don’t know what they coated it with but its now 13 years
old and never flooded for them or us. The walls are formed and poured concrete. We do have a sump
pump and when we get deluges it runs, a lot of water is pumped out of it.

And PS–glad to see you back! I thought you’d driven that Urban Assault Vehicle right off the edge of the earth!

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July 28, 2017 anita 0

Blondie, I have a dry basement, and a very high water table. I have springs about 40 feet from the house in the spring, when there’s a lot of rain.

We have a sump pump, but I also have a gravity drain. It runs from the sump hole out onto the yard. Having one is dependent on whether you are on a slope or not. My sump pump had a problem in that it started running all the time, so I just unplugged and didn’t buy a new one for years, with no problems. The basement slab is also on gravel (I assume that’s normal but maybe not.)

I can’t believe that houses have no gutters. They are asking for increased problems with siding, windows, leaks, etc., unless the overhang is huge.

We built our house about 15 years ago, and just in the process of selling it. Things I’ve learned–make sure you have a porch or some type of overhang over the front door, so that the door doesn’t take a lot of weather. Make sure your roof overhangs the siding. Mine is 16-inches, and that is much more than some. It keeps the rain away from the house a little.

Keep plants away from the house. Don’t have things planted right against the house. It helps to keep the siding dry.

Expect to spend about 20% more than you think you will. There will be problems.

Don’t use stucco!! Even real stucco is a problem. I am living that nightmare now.

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July 28, 2017 anita 0

Blondie, I have a dry basement, and a very high water table. I have springs about 40 feet from the house in the spring, when there’s a lot of rain.

We have a sump pump, but I also have a gravity drain. It runs from the sump hole out onto the yard. Having one is dependent on whether you are on a slope or not. My sump pump had a problem in that it started running all the time, so I just unplugged and didn’t buy a new one for years, with no problems. The basement slab is also on gravel (I assume that’s normal but maybe not.)

I can’t believe that houses have no gutters. They are asking for increased problems with siding, windows, leaks, etc., unless the overhang is huge.

We built our house about 15 years ago, and just in the process of selling it. Things I’ve learned–make sure you have a porch or some type of overhang over the front door, so that the door doesn’t take a lot of weather. Make sure your roof overhangs the siding. Mine is 16-inches, and that is much more than some. It keeps the rain away from the house a little.

Keep plants away from the house. Don’t have things planted right against the house. It helps to keep the siding dry.

Expect to spend about 20% more than you think you will. There will be problems.

Don’t use stucco!! Even real stucco is a problem. I am living that nightmare now.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

We have a dry basement, the owner said they put something under it when building called a formadrain.
Sounds like it channels the water away? Also I don’t know what they coated it with but its now 13 years
old and never flooded for them or us. The walls are formed and poured concrete. We do have a sump
pump and when we get deluges it runs, a lot of water is pumped out of it.

My husband, got a bigger pump when we bought the house 4 or 5 years ago, the original was 9 years old
and he didn’t want one to fail, he also put in a bigger outflow line, wanted to be safe. He also installed
a battery backup system, we were having a lot of power outages. The battery would run the pump 24
continuous hours if needed of course, we never needed anything like that. So 13 years later still good
and dry.

We do not have window wells on the only 2 windows, one was leaking some water, so I dug down, dirt
had built up and was letting water come in, so no more issue there. Each window does have a drain
in front of it though.

We also had the utility company put in a whole house surge suppressor on the meter. The first year
I lost a computer, freezer, and maybe a fridge because of power surges, no problem since. It costs
$2.99 a month, cheap insurance.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 28, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

We have a dry basement, the owner said they put something under it when building called a formadrain.
Sounds like it channels the water away? Also I don’t know what they coated it with but its now 13 years
old and never flooded for them or us. The walls are formed and poured concrete. We do have a sump
pump and when we get deluges it runs, a lot of water is pumped out of it.

My husband, got a bigger pump when we bought the house 4 or 5 years ago, the original was 9 years old
and he didn’t want one to fail, he also put in a bigger outflow line, wanted to be safe. He also installed
a battery backup system, we were having a lot of power outages. The battery would run the pump 24
continuous hours if needed of course, we never needed anything like that. So 13 years later still good
and dry.

We do not have window wells on the only 2 windows, one was leaking some water, so I dug down, dirt
had built up and was letting water come in, so no more issue there. Each window does have a drain
in front of it though.

We also had the utility company put in a whole house surge suppressor on the meter. The first year
I lost a computer, freezer, and maybe a fridge because of power surges, no problem since. It costs
$2.99 a month, cheap insurance.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 27, 2017 Permafrost 0

Bondie,
Get one digital copy and stick the printing costs on your contractor. A general contractor will probably have a printer that can print large stuff, and they are the ones that will decide which subs get blueprints. Depending on how the contract is written the contractor can also be the one who has to get all permits and file all paperwork with municipalities. If you are acting as your own GC then it is a whole different story.

I’d go for the basement, or at least a daylight basement. Two things though. One, insist on the whole basement (either poured concrete or block) being wrapped in a self sealing membrane to prevent ground water infiltration. Two, have the basement walls covered with either 2″ or 4″ of foam board insulation on the outside before they backfill. In northern climates many basements suffer from cracks because of the freeze/thaw cycle and the membrane will prevent water from seeping through them. I have also discovered that most spring ground water infiltration is because of the heat bulb effect. Simply put the ground around your basement thaws sooner because the basement puts heat out, and the snow on the ground that melts has to go somewhere. If all surrounding ground is frozen the only place for this water to go is right beside your basement walls. If you add some foam board the ground around your basement stays frozen and the water will follow the grade on top of the frozen soil. Also if you can swing it, do radiant heat flooring for either your slab or basement. They put pex in the floor and you pump a water/glycol mixture through it to provide heat, you’ll never have cold feet again.

P.S.
Consider yourself lucky you have a frost line, it only gets more expensive when you have no frost line or have soil that never thaws.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 27, 2017 Permafrost 0

Bondie,
Get one digital copy and stick the printing costs on your contractor. A general contractor will probably have a printer that can print large stuff, and they are the ones that will decide which subs get blueprints. Depending on how the contract is written the contractor can also be the one who has to get all permits and file all paperwork with municipalities. If you are acting as your own GC then it is a whole different story.

I’d go for the basement, or at least a daylight basement. Two things though. One, insist on the whole basement (either poured concrete or block) being wrapped in a self sealing membrane to prevent ground water infiltration. Two, have the basement walls covered with either 2″ or 4″ of foam board insulation on the outside before they backfill. In northern climates many basements suffer from cracks because of the freeze/thaw cycle and the membrane will prevent water from seeping through them. I have also discovered that most spring ground water infiltration is because of the heat bulb effect. Simply put the ground around your basement thaws sooner because the basement puts heat out, and the snow on the ground that melts has to go somewhere. If all surrounding ground is frozen the only place for this water to go is right beside your basement walls. If you add some foam board the ground around your basement stays frozen and the water will follow the grade on top of the frozen soil. Also if you can swing it, do radiant heat flooring for either your slab or basement. They put pex in the floor and you pump a water/glycol mixture through it to provide heat, you’ll never have cold feet again.

P.S.
Consider yourself lucky you have a frost line, it only gets more expensive when you have no frost line or have soil that never thaws.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 25, 2017 Yeti_2015 0

As far as how many you really need, that depends on the municipality or governing body that you are dealing with. I know from the houses, buldings, and other structures that I have done plans for usually 4 sets is a safe bet. 1 for submittal (maybe 2 if there is two seperate identities you deal with), 1 for the contractor, and 1-2 for you (mostly a backup copy for the contractor). Most printers shops will print you large format pages for about 3-4 dollars per sheet. If a company or group of individual sub-contractors does them you will have about 8-10 sheets depending on the size of the building. In our state, even in the rural areas the county or state code enforcement can come out and ask to see or have a set to review and stop the work until they have time look over the plans. It’s smart to reach out to a architect or general contractor in you area to get the plans up to code in your area. All states, counties, and cities have different codes and all are not the same. If the code enforcement comes out, it can ease things over and they might not stop the work if they are familiar with the architect or general contractor. Yes this will cost extra money, but could possible safe you a headache and time on the back end. Good luck.

Also as far as changing the plans, again talk to a architect or general contractor. They can take a pdf, dwg, or even an image file and make it a drawing that they can alter. Or at least the good ones can.

Just to give you an idea, I have been doing AutoCAD drafting for 20 years. In the last 4 years I have transitioned for the oil and gas field to more civil and structural. I have done 3 sets of house plans in the last 4 years. Each place is different as far as what you need.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 25, 2017 Yeti_2015 0

As far as how many you really need, that depends on the municipality or governing body that you are dealing with. I know from the houses, buldings, and other structures that I have done plans for usually 4 sets is a safe bet. 1 for submittal (maybe 2 if there is two seperate identities you deal with), 1 for the contractor, and 1-2 for you (mostly a backup copy for the contractor). Most printers shops will print you large format pages for about 3-4 dollars per sheet. If a company or group of individual sub-contractors does them you will have about 8-10 sheets depending on the size of the building. In our state, even in the rural areas the county or state code enforcement can come out and ask to see or have a set to review and stop the work until they have time look over the plans. It’s smart to reach out to a architect or general contractor in you area to get the plans up to code in your area. All states, counties, and cities have different codes and all are not the same. If the code enforcement comes out, it can ease things over and they might not stop the work if they are familiar with the architect or general contractor. Yes this will cost extra money, but could possible safe you a headache and time on the back end. Good luck.

Also as far as changing the plans, again talk to a architect or general contractor. They can take a pdf, dwg, or even an image file and make it a drawing that they can alter. Or at least the good ones can.

Just to give you an idea, I have been doing AutoCAD drafting for 20 years. In the last 4 years I have transitioned for the oil and gas field to more civil and structural. I have done 3 sets of house plans in the last 4 years. Each place is different as far as what you need.

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July 25, 2017 Yeti_2015 0

As far as how many you really need, that depends on the municipality or governing body that you are dealing with. I know from the houses, buldings, and other structures that I have done plans for usually 4 sets is a safe bet. 1 for submittal (maybe 2 if there is two seperate identities you deal with), 1 for the contractor, and 1-2 for you (mostly a backup copy for the contractor). Most printers shops will print you large format pages for about 3-4 dollars per sheet. If a company or group of individual sub-contractors does them you will have about 8-10 sheets depending on the size of the building. In our state, even in the rural areas the county or state code enforcement can come out and ask to see or have a set to review and stop the work until they have time look over the plans. It’s smart to reach out to a architect or general contractor in you area to get the plans up to code in your area. All states, counties, and cities have different codes and all are not the same. If the code enforcement comes out, it can ease things over and they might not stop the work if they are familiar with the architect or general contractor. Yes this will cost extra money, but could possible safe you a headache and time on the back end. Good luck.

Also as far as changing the plans, again talk to a architect or general contractor. They can take a pdf, dwg, or even an image file and make it a drawing that they can alter. Or at least the good ones can.

Just to give you an idea, I have been doing AutoCAD drafting for 20 years. In the last 4 years I have transitioned for the oil and gas field to more civil and structural. I have done 3 sets of house plans in the last 4 years. Each place is different as far as what you need.

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July 25, 2017 IceFire 0

A couple of things that will help keep a basement dry.

1. Rain gutters on the roof will keep rainwater from collecting by your foundation (Plus, you can “harvest” the rainwater for later use in garden, etc.

2. When you start your build, place French Drains around the perimeter of your foundation to channel water AWAY from your house. DO NOT cut corners and leave them out. ESPECIALLY if there is any “slope” above your house…water runs downhill, and if your house is in the way, you will end up with a VERY wet foundation (or even a collapsed wall unless you have French drains to channel that water around and away from your house. (From someone who used to live on a hill where the previous owners had that exact problem. Once the French drains were installed, the issue was solved.)

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July 25, 2017 IceFire 0

A couple of things that will help keep a basement dry.

1. Rain gutters on the roof will keep rainwater from collecting by your foundation (Plus, you can “harvest” the rainwater for later use in garden, etc.

2. When you start your build, place French Drains around the perimeter of your foundation to channel water AWAY from your house. DO NOT cut corners and leave them out. ESPECIALLY if there is any “slope” above your house…water runs downhill, and if your house is in the way, you will end up with a VERY wet foundation (or even a collapsed wall unless you have French drains to channel that water around and away from your house. (From someone who used to live on a hill where the previous owners had that exact problem. Once the French drains were installed, the issue was solved.)

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 24, 2017 Blondie 0

Handyman, this is going to be propane. I checked with the utility co. and the closest natural gas is 2 1/2 miles away. Not enough homes in the area to justify the cost of bringing in natural gas. I do have electric at the road.

Just about every full basement that I’ve seen up here leaks. That’s when I found out rain gutters are not required by code. I saw 1 home with a dry basement. They also had rain gutters.

The thought of a full basement with glass block windows is appealing, but then there’s the price. :rolleyes:

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July 24, 2017 Blondie 0

Handyman, this is going to be propane. I checked with the utility co. and the closest natural gas is 2 1/2 miles away. Not enough homes in the area to justify the cost of bringing in natural gas. I do have electric at the road.

Just about every full basement that I’ve seen up here leaks. That’s when I found out rain gutters are not required by code. I saw 1 home with a dry basement. They also had rain gutters.

The thought of a full basement with glass block windows is appealing, but then there’s the price. :rolleyes:

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July 24, 2017 handyman777 0

In my “very” younger days we lived between tawas and oscoda in a cabin/home built on a slab; very cold, pipes would freeze so the water was left on a trickle, etc. started with oil heat and a fire in a large fire place that rarely never went out.
Once propane was installed all the duct work was ran in the attic for forced air which helped. (just my 2 cents ).
I would not care to live on a slab foundation again. There is also the chance of crack’s which can lead to water seepage so think hard about your decision.

I would consider basement or cinder block crawl no less than 4 ft. with a concrete floor and drains and plenty of outlets and lights that can be turned on from a main entrance. If you do that you might as well spend the extra for a basement.

Also depends on the depth a basement is dug, be careful of water tables, you may need a sump pump that runs 24/7.
I’ve seen beautiful homes with their walls dripping with water because the contractor did not know what they were doing.

If its in your budget, I would go with a basement or raised basement and then back filled.

Like others have said; you have a location for all the extras that would be on the main floor.
Don’t forget to add that hidden/safe room :ninja:

Its a new build so build it to your liking.

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July 24, 2017 handyman777 0

In my “very” younger days we lived between tawas and oscoda in a cabin/home built on a slab; very cold, pipes would freeze so the water was left on a trickle, etc. started with oil heat and a fire in a large fire place that rarely never went out.
Once propane was installed all the duct work was ran in the attic for forced air which helped. (just my 2 cents ).
I would not care to live on a slab foundation again. There is also the chance of crack’s which can lead to water seepage so think hard about your decision.

I would consider basement or cinder block crawl no less than 4 ft. with a concrete floor and drains and plenty of outlets and lights that can be turned on from a main entrance. If you do that you might as well spend the extra for a basement.

Also depends on the depth a basement is dug, be careful of water tables, you may need a sump pump that runs 24/7.
I’ve seen beautiful homes with their walls dripping with water because the contractor did not know what they were doing.

If its in your budget, I would go with a basement or raised basement and then back filled.

Like others have said; you have a location for all the extras that would be on the main floor.
Don’t forget to add that hidden/safe room :ninja:

Its a new build so build it to your liking.

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July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Don’t forget the problems you will have if a water pipe ever ruptures in the floor. If you do end up with a slab pour 4 inch sewer pipe in the concrete to snake the water pipes through. This helps with 2 things. First a built in drain for a ruptured pipe and an easy way to install a new pipe.

My brother taught me this trick. He is a plumber. Saves jackhammering the floor out. Even if you never have a problem it helps sell the house later if you remember to point this safety feature out.

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July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Don’t forget the problems you will have if a water pipe ever ruptures in the floor. If you do end up with a slab pour 4 inch sewer pipe in the concrete to snake the water pipes through. This helps with 2 things. First a built in drain for a ruptured pipe and an easy way to install a new pipe.

My brother taught me this trick. He is a plumber. Saves jackhammering the floor out. Even if you never have a problem it helps sell the house later if you remember to point this safety feature out.

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

OAR, repairing nasty crawlspaces up here is big business. Especially when it comes to removing the mold. I think it’s a combination of poor design and harsh winters.

I’ll price out the basement vs crawlspace after I get the plans.

Then I’ll get out the box of Kleenex.

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

OAR, repairing nasty crawlspaces up here is big business. Especially when it comes to removing the mold. I think it’s a combination of poor design and harsh winters.

I’ll price out the basement vs crawlspace after I get the plans.

Then I’ll get out the box of Kleenex.

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

OAR, repairing nasty crawlspaces up here is big business. Especially when it comes to removing the mold. I think it’s a combination of poor design and harsh winters.

I’ll price out the basement vs crawlspace after I get the plans.

Then I’ll get out the box of Kleenex.

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

OAR, repairing nasty crawlspaces up here is big business. Especially when it comes to removing the mold. I think it’s a combination of poor design and harsh winters.

I’ll price out the basement vs crawlspace after I get the plans.

Then I’ll get out the box of Kleenex.

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July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Good advice all around Blondie. Resale value storage etc,

A crawl space can be a major problem too. This old house has a “crawl space” and it’s a nightmare. This old place is literally rotting from bottom up. Last year I had to tear out the kitchen floor and rebuild it from bottom up. The floor in the master bedroom has dropped 2 inches on the outer wall. So this winter I’ll have to tear it all out down to the foundation and rebuild with pressure treated lumber.

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July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Good advice all around Blondie. Resale value storage etc,

A crawl space can be a major problem too. This old house has a “crawl space” and it’s a nightmare. This old place is literally rotting from bottom up. Last year I had to tear out the kitchen floor and rebuild it from bottom up. The floor in the master bedroom has dropped 2 inches on the outer wall. So this winter I’ll have to tear it all out down to the foundation and rebuild with pressure treated lumber.

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

Fullmoon, the property I bought is in the NW lower. 42″ is the minimum required depth and I’ve seen recs for 50-55″ depth. I’ll take notes on your suggestions with me when I shop for a builder.

I’m going to order the reproducable master. My oldest called around and found a copy place near him that has the capability of producing 24×36″ prints from a jump drive.

There goes next month’s pay raise. :(

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

Fullmoon, the property I bought is in the NW lower. 42″ is the minimum required depth and I’ve seen recs for 50-55″ depth. I’ll take notes on your suggestions with me when I shop for a builder.

I’m going to order the reproducable master. My oldest called around and found a copy place near him that has the capability of producing 24×36″ prints from a jump drive.

There goes next month’s pay raise. :(

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July 23, 2017 Blondie 0

Fullmoon, the property I bought is in the NW lower. 42″ is the minimum required depth and I’ve seen recs for 50-55″ depth. I’ll take notes on your suggestions with me when I shop for a builder.

I’m going to order the reproducable master. My oldest called around and found a copy place near him that has the capability of producing 24×36″ prints from a jump drive.

There goes next month’s pay raise. :(

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July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:46 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:46 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 IceFire 0

Add my vote for the basement! Grew up without one, and never had one until we moved to PA. I had my food storage down there, as well as furnace, washer, dryer, etc. Mine was actually a mostly “finished” basement. Furnace, washer, dryer and utility sink were in their own sectioned off area (basically a room without a door); there was a 10×16 room (again, no door) that I used as my “pantry” for food storage–my family jokingly called it “Mom’s Bunker”. It was actually the most protected spent in the entire house, and was our “retreat” area. I also had part of the basement set up as a permanent sewing area, as well as extra storage.

Since we’ve moved across the country, we no longer have a basement, and I REALLY miss having one.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:43 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 IceFire 0

Add my vote for the basement! Grew up without one, and never had one until we moved to PA. I had my food storage down there, as well as furnace, washer, dryer, etc. Mine was actually a mostly “finished” basement. Furnace, washer, dryer and utility sink were in their own sectioned off area (basically a room without a door); there was a 10×16 room (again, no door) that I used as my “pantry” for food storage–my family jokingly called it “Mom’s Bunker”. It was actually the most protected spent in the entire house, and was our “retreat” area. I also had part of the basement set up as a permanent sewing area, as well as extra storage.

Since we’ve moved across the country, we no longer have a basement, and I REALLY miss having one.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:43 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 IceFire 0

Add my vote for the basement! Grew up without one, and never had one until we moved to PA. I had my food storage down there, as well as furnace, washer, dryer, etc. Mine was actually a mostly “finished” basement. Furnace, washer, dryer and utility sink were in their own sectioned off area (basically a room without a door); there was a 10×16 room (again, no door) that I used as my “pantry” for food storage–my family jokingly called it “Mom’s Bunker”. It was actually the most protected spent in the entire house, and was our “retreat” area. I also had part of the basement set up as a permanent sewing area, as well as extra storage.

Since we’ve moved across the country, we no longer have a basement, and I REALLY miss having one.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:43 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 anita 0

As someone who is looking for a new house, I am not considering those without a basement, so it’s a selling point, for one thing.

It’s not just having the mechanicals down there, it’s also storage, a cool place on a hot day if there’s no air conditioning. A place to go in a bad storm, if necessary, or if there’s radiation of some sort. A good place to store root vegetables. I’m sure there are other reasons that aren’t coming to mind at the moment.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:16 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 anita 0

As someone who is looking for a new house, I am not considering those without a basement, so it’s a selling point, for one thing.

It’s not just having the mechanicals down there, it’s also storage, a cool place on a hot day if there’s no air conditioning. A place to go in a bad storm, if necessary, or if there’s radiation of some sort. A good place to store root vegetables. I’m sure there are other reasons that aren’t coming to mind at the moment.

Statistics: Posted by anita — Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:16 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 daaswampman 0

Since it’s just me, why do I need a basement?

Storage, security, and life without central air and heat come to mind. While heat is the problem in Louisiana, I grew up in Northern Nevada and the easiest place to keep comfortable was the basement! With modern insulation you can have ideal storage which is a relatively constant temperature.

A well planned basement can be made more secure than any part of an above ground home and for much less money. Swamp

Statistics: Posted by daaswampman — Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:00 pm