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AVD
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reply to Draiman

Re: Garage addition

said by Draiman:

The other cool thing about this contractor is they do 'progressive' payments. They do the designed then I sign off on them and pay them 5% of the job cost. They obtain the permits and I sign off and pay them another 5%. They do the foundation and we sign off and pay 15%. We sign off on all work before we paid for it on each step. I think there like 14 sign off and payment points in the payment schedule.

that was my advice, never let a contractor get ahead of the work.
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AVD
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picking nits, one too many lally columns.


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said by AVD:

picking nits, one too many lally columns.

Yea I thought the back lally seemed like overkill but the engineer wouldn't sign-off on the plans without it. They wanted another $2,000 to change to engineered lumber to eliminate the lally's also and it wasn't worth it to us.


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I was sitting here with my architect buddy and we couldn't figure out what the point of it so close to the wall was.


Ken
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said by AVD:

I was sitting here with my architect buddy and we couldn't figure out what the point of it so close to the wall was.

Looks like there is a center beam effectively cutting the joist spans in half. That beam can't span front to back on just one column, so it required 2 columns. I'm guessing instead of spacing the 2 columns out equally someone decided to just have one in the car area and push the other into a more out of the way area. Perhaps they thought it would make it easier to get in and out of cars with just one column instead of two in the car area? I can think of a couple different ways to do that, but they would all be at an increased cost.