Permit and Basement Remodel

This is a larger residential project that included a permit and basement remodel.  We added a bedroom, a bathroom, and laundry room where there was a partially finished family room and unfinished laundry area.

There were no drawings for this 1910 house in the Magnolia neighborhood, so we created a set of “as-built” drawings documenting the existing conditions.  These drawings provided the base for a set of proposed drawings, detailing the homeowner’s intentions.

Once we had these drawings settled, we sent them to a local structural engineering firm.  The engineers gave us a stamped set of calculations, framing plans, and details illustrating the important connections.

We took these drawings, along with the engineering, to the department of planning and development and submitted them for an over the counter permit.  This type of permit is issued more quickly since the building inspector is your plans examiner.  If this project included a long span beam, or structural work with more than one floor above, or a variety of other larger project conditions, this would have been a full intake permit.  With a full intake permit, there is a more rigorous review process to examine the design and engineering proposal.

Here are some pictures from before we started construction.


These are the pictures from after construction.


Design Scales took care of the plumbing, electrical, and drywall subcontractors, as well as inspection management.  The permit was closed roughly nine months after we opened it.

Overall, this project went well from the standpoint of design and construction.  We were able to keep the work ours during the day and during the week, so that we minimized the impact on the homeowner.  Living through a remodel is never fun, but since this was isolated to the basement it wasn’t completely in the way.







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