Permit and Basement Remodel

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

There were no drawings for this 1910 house, so we created a set of “as-built” drawings to document the existing conditions.  These drawings provided the base for a set of proposed drawings, which detail the homeowner’s proposal.

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, and the engineering, to the department of permits and inspections.  We submitted them for an over-the-counter-permit.  This type of permit is issued more quickly since the building inspector is your plans examiner.  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.  Because there were so many subcontractors, the permit was closed roughly nine months after we opened it..

Overall, this project went well.  We were able to keep the work hours 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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