Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Yes, we passed ALL four final inspections on our basement remodel. Electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building.
Not without at least one issue, of course. During the first round of inspections we learned a lot. We learned how the system works (ie: get a building permit first and then add on from there). We learned that a new bathroom must be on a dedicated 20amp circuit, even if your inspector thinks it is a silly rule. We learned that as soon as an inspector seems the least bit ready to leave, encourage him to leave quickly, lest he notice something else that is awry. Like, for instance, a 34 1/2 inch hallway that should be 36 inches.
Yesterday I learned that even though the first building inspector didn't require us to put smoke alarms in all four bedrooms, we should have. Because the second inspector? The one who had to sign off on the final inspection? He went looking for smoke alarms.
And, yeah, I'm kind of annoyed that it took an extra day to pass inspections. But, if we ever need those alarms? I'll be eternally grateful.
So let the record show (and I'm sure it does already), our home is now a five bedroom, four bath home.
Wow, that feels strange to type. Let me try again.
Five bedroom, four bath.
Now all I'm waiting for is a bigger tax bill.