Electrical Service Upgrade

by J Scott September 9, 2014

I got a late start on contacting our local electric company (Baltimore Gas & Electric) about getting new electric service to the house. Turns out it’s a pretty involved process around here, and can take a couple months. Luckily, they were able to get the preliminary inspections and design for the new poles/wiring done pretty […]

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Week 13 Schedule

by J Scott September 8, 2014

Last week was pretty slow, but we got done everything we had planned. Monday was a holiday, but on Tuesday we finished sheetrock, on Wednesday we primed all the walls and on Friday we started laying hardwoods. The walls look great, and the hardwood that’s already gone in looks great as well. We didn’t get […]

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Trim Bid – Builders First Source

by J Scott September 4, 2014

After seeing how well our framing crew from Builders First Source did (both quickly and high quality work), I decided that I really wanted to use them for the trim work as well. We got a few bids, and Builders First Source was a bit higher for the labor costs (they were the cheapest for […]

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Cabinet Bid – Peachtree Cabinet Distributors

by J Scott September 2, 2014

Choosing a cabinet distributor for this project was easy…even if it they ended up being far, far away. We’ve worked with Peachtree Cabinet Distributors out of Atlanta for many years, and the service, selection and prices have always been awesome. So awesome, in fact, that we’re willing to fly down to Atlanta, rent a U-Haul […]

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Week 12 Schedule

by J Scott September 1, 2014

Last week was all about sheetrock, and we cruised through it as expected. Bill Werking’s crew finished hanging on Monday, and started finishing on Tuesday. The humidity kept the mud from drying as quickly as we would have liked, so we didn’t quite finish up, but given that today is a holiday, we expect that […]

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Fab Friday Photos- Week 11

by Carol Scott August 29, 2014

Wow, what a week! The Bill Werking Drywall Crew had an outstanding performance of underpromising and overdelivering, as they showed up on site TWO DAYS EARLY– on a Saturday no less– and banged out 65% of the rough drywall in one workday. Rockstar overachievers! This unexpected surprise left J scrambling to fill the support posts […]

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Hardwoods Bid – Lady Baltimore Hardwoods

by J Scott August 28, 2014

When we first moved here earlier in the year, my best friend needed some hardwood floors replaced. I spent a couple weeks helping him get bids and figuring out the right contractor to use. The contractor he ended up choosing — Lady Baltimore Hardwood Floors — did a great job at a reasonable price (reasonable […]

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Watch on Wednesday: Week 11

by Carol Scott August 27, 2014

Watch on Wednesday: Week 11 This Week’s Location: In the basement. The dark, quiet, scary basement… which is drywalled and AWESOME! Bill Werking Drywall’s fantastic crew showed up a couple days EARLY to get these walls closed up in no time. Everything about that situation was superfab… especially watching J and Brian bust out some […]

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Painting Bid – CertaPro Painters

by J Scott August 26, 2014

We were getting down to the wire on starting the painting work, and we hadn’t yet chosen a painter. Finding a painting company that is familiar with new construction isn’t easy, and dealing with painters who aren’t familiar with the new construction process can be a bit difficult. For example, most painters don’t want to […]

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Week 11 Schedule

by J Scott August 25, 2014

We had a lot to accomplish last week, but amazingly, we got it (pretty much) all completed. The only thing that didn’t get completed was the front and back porches/deck, but that isn’t critical path for anything else, so there’s no rush on that stuff… Basically, last week we passed all our rough inspections, passed […]

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Fab Friday Photos- Week 10

by Carol Scott August 22, 2014

What a week it’s been! J worked his master Tetris skills to pack sooooo much into five little days: on Monday, P Electric Co., our fabulous electrician, was onsite walking the inspector through every little last detail to ensure we passed our electrical rough-in inspection. Shortly thereafter, J called in the Framing Inspection only to […]

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