Measure twice

This week, I feel like the details of this project are starting to get away from me. I’m very particular about things, so it is frustrating to see errors and have to deal with them (or learn to accept them).

I’ve looked at many houses over the years, and know a good renovation from a sloppy one. Since starting the project, I’ve been determined to do everything I can to make sure this is a good one. That means all the details must be handled just right.

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There has been some progress to report. I’ve finally come to accept the cost increases I reported in my last post.

We have hired a plumber to upgrade the water service to the 1 1/2″ required. Our contractor has worked through the final details of the permit, and we finally have the official permit. The police department will allow us to park our car on the street during construction. The contractor has finally given us a rough start date for the foundation work for the addition (in the next week or two). The project timeframe has been extended from 38 weeks to 1 full year.

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July 14 Budget Update

Happy Bastille Day.

We continue to rack up the overages on this project. Our project manager emailed us today with some bad news. Winnetka sent us feedback on our permit requests.

First, we need to upgrade electrical to 400 amp and bury our electrical line, rather than just move it. That’s an $18k fee. Winnetka owns its own power utility, and evidently charges far more than is reasonable.

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