Rehab #8, Wenham – Inspection Update

As I mentioned in my previous post, the building inspector came out to the property yesterday to walk through the house and to make sure we have an appropriate plan for the rebuild.  After going through the house with our contractor, he was pleased to see that we were taking the time to rebuild the roof.  Many contractors would just try to get around this issue by sistering up new wood against the existing to reinforce the ceiling and be done with it.  Keeping the inspector happy is always an important aspect to a rehab because he can make the process easy or over-the-top difficult.  He has the sole power to do that!

The inspector also clarified some of our questions.  The first was that he wants us to pour a concrete slab in the portion of the basement that has a dirt floor.  We were hoping he would let us put down plastic with a layer of rocks on top of it to act as a vapor barrier but he wasn’t comfortable with that idea.  The next question was what to do with the back room that was completely rotted and build on cinder blocks.  The easiest and quickest option is to tear down the room and rebuild it but considering the structure was built inside of the town’s setbacks guidelines we weren’t sure we could put the structure back up without getting a zoning variance.  Luckily, the inspector said we could rebuild.  However, now that we are starting from scratch he wants us to pour a proper foundation under the new room.  Damn!  I thought footings would have been appropriate but I guess not.

In the end, we have more extras to account for but this is going to be a very solid house once we’re done.

Here are some pictures my contractor sent me of the front porch and the back room torn down.



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  • Phew not the best ways to start a project!
    How much do these initial things look to cost you in overruns?

    • This project has definitely become much larger than we originally anticipated. The overages are running about $11,000, but that includes a farmer’s porch that we didn’t have in our initial budget. It’s interesting because my contingency factor on this house is $11,215. so if we don’t run into anything else major, we should be right in line with our total budget.

  • Unrelated topic. I have tried on a couple articles to Tweet them and it isn’t working for me. Always asks me to connect with it, which I do and say I will allow all the stuff then it finally gives me the Tweet (which has a via with no twitter handle on it) and every time it says it can’t post and there must be some problem in the cloud. Anyway since it has happened to me multiple times on different posts I am tending to think it isn’t something on my end if you want to test it out.

  • Dustin

    Wow, this has got to have you guys a bit nervous on your bottom line and timelines. Are you managing another rehab now too or is this the only focus??

    • Dustin – We aren’t nervous because we budgeted in a 10% contingency factor in case something like this happens. This is the only rehab we have going at the moment, however, we have 2 others starting this month.