Happy December, friends! Thanksgiving is now behind us (though I am still eating leftovers!), and the Advent season is upon us! This is a time for anticipation and preparation, something Mr. Fixer and I have certainly been learning a lot about in the last several months! I think we all have moments in our lives where we can relate to this, whether you are getting engaged or married, buying a first home (shoot me now!), waiting for a precious baby to arrive, praying for resolution in difficult situations, or simply standing in line for your favorite Black Friday sale (shoot me twice!).
For Mr. Fixer and I, we are currently experiencing the anticipation and preparation of our building permit being approved. As I mentioned on the page Our Design Plan, permits are crucial for remodel projects because they ensure that a third, objective party (the building inspector) has reviewed your plans for safety and feasibility. Sure, they cost time and money, and you may think you don’t need one, but friends — just bite the bullet, do your due diligence, and get the permit. Your peace of mind will thank you!
Our peace of mind (and house progress!), however, is currently on hold as we wait to hear back from our plans examiner. This is round two of submitting documents, so I am hoping that what we’ve provided will now be sufficient to get things finalized. We are replacing and slightly altering a couple beam/header locations, so we need to show what the current structure of our house consists of (load paths, structural member sizing, etc.) and what it will consist of after the changes. The changes are very slight, so the process is slightly annoying, but it is good practice nevertheless.
Here are some examples of the construction documents that I have been creating for the permit submission:
Our site plan. This is usually a more crucial document when you are doing an addition, as there are codes in place to protect you from entering into lot setbacks (a fire concern) or overbuilding your lot (creating too much impervious surface, which affects drainage).
A snapshot of our roof plan. This details the location of hips, valleys, and ridges, in addition to identifying structural members likes joists and beams.
A snapshot of our ceiling plan. Like the roof plan, this details the structural members that carry the roof load down to the ceiling.
A snapshot of our foundation plan. Since our house is only one story, this is the last piece of structural information. It shows the final load destinations that are carried through the roof, ceiling, and floor.
In the meantime, Mr. Fixer has been working at ungodly hours (ask him what time he woke up to work on the house this morning!) to finish odds and ends around the house — clearing out the insulation in the attic, de-nailing flooring, and tearing down what we’ve affectionately termed the “kill shed” (a sad and decrepit little playhouse in the backyard).
And that’s it, friends! Think happy permit thoughts for us this week! Once that gets underway, the fun stuff begins! 🙂