Renovation + Home Improvement
Nov 20, 2020 5:45 am
We are in all senses of the word, renovation noobs! We hired a qualified builder with over 30 years experience to renovate our early 70's house.
After our initial excitement of finally being able to start (Victoria's lockdown started a few weeks after we signed the contract), 3 weeks in and the honeymoon is over!
This is Part 2 of my concerns, the second of many...
We asked for the kitchen wall to be knocked down to create open living into the family room. We were well aware that a supporting beam would be required (engineering/ draftsperson). When builders went up in the roof to start the works, they realized that the current beam was holding up the entire roof essentially, All beams/joists/ pieces of wood were attached to this on beam. They told us it would be a lot of work to put a new beam in inside the roof and hence get a seamless ceiling an tried to convince us to get a bulk head. We didn't want one, it was never in the plans or contract..so no!
Anyway, we got our way and they spent 2 days rejigging all the beams and the supporting beam was put in the roof. 3 days later we received an invoice for the extra work they had to do.
My question is, should the engineer ( who never came on site) be responsible, the draftsperson who did come on site or the builder who never once looked in the roof space or crawl space (another issue I will get to in another post) even though they had full access to both, be responsible? As far as we are concerned, we paid many people good money to work this out prior to contract signing.
Any advice would be great, tried calling consumer affairs to find out by rights but they won't take the calls.
Re: Didn't want a bulk head for supporting beam, who was res5
Nov 24, 2020 7:28 am
From your other posts it seems he is a lazy builder. Not getting a step ladder out and having a quick look up in the ceiling to see how the roof is configured re your kitchen wall plus not getting under the house to see how the joists run re your floorboards is just laziness on his part. If he has given you a contract plus he had the plans and engineering drawings to go by, then it his his fault these problems weren't picked up at the initial stages before work commenced. Your engineer also needs a kick up the backside because he also should have had a look.
Anytime we did an extension or reno for clients in the past, it is one of the first things we would have done.
As for your bathroom, once again he is being lazy. He should have pointed out to you the joist levels and once you install sheet flooring plus tiles it would end up being higher than the floorboards in the hallway and given you the choice of lowering the existing joists so that all floor levels are co-planar. Been there done that too.
"He built the house and investment properties for family friends."
Some guys are good at building new but not so good at renos.
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