Monday, January 21, 2008
Well we made some progress this week....and learned some valuable lessons at the same time. After some false starts and additional details from Interfield, we were able to get started on the trusses which go between the 1st and 2nd floor. In the far left picture below, you can see the size of the main laminated beams that span the entire width of the garage and support all the trusses. Unfortunately, we're going to have a delay for one day this due to a misunderstanding. Up to this point, we've learned that it's very important to follow the chain of command...basically, do NOT talk to the subcontractors directly...ALWAYS go through the general contractor. Earlier this week, it turned out that two of the subs had talked to each other (Interfield and Matt)...without going through the general contractor. While that in itself isn't bad, the problem is that there is a debate about if certain instructions were given to on how to handle a problem...over the phone (no real record)....not in writing. Now we've got a debate on who will cover the additional charges to fix the error. There won't be any substantial delay or increased cost to us. Kudos again to our general contractor for keeping our best interests and budget in mind. The picture in the center shows our general contractors (outside) and our architect (center). The picture on the right shows the trusses in place as of Monday afternoon (1/21).