In my opinion, one of, if not THE, most important things to see pre-drywall is load transference. And pre-drywall is the only time to see proper weight transference!
I was impressed to conduct a pre-drywall inspection in a house WITH SO MANY THINGS DONE RIGHT that I could use it as a model to teach home inspectors how to do a pre-drywall inspection and what to look for!
It was clean as a whistle, all three floors. Things were square and strapped and solid and marked. Impressively so.
Finding three major load points from top to bottom I look for two things - it is solid, including any necessary continuous path strapping, and does it rest onto a solid point of concrete foundation wall or steel beam.
These are two of the three points I saw in this house. They both fall onto foundation walls. The load of the span is transferred onto a steel beam, with its ends properly inserted into and supported by the foundation wall too.
In today's construction buyers want open air. They want large rooms with open space. This is quite different from construction even 25 years ago.
Providing that requires particular construction and materials.
One such open space in this house is on the upper level.
You can see it here at the top of the stairs.
That is a Para-laminate beam, composed of strands of wood pressed tightly together with weight, heat and glue, which is very strong.
It is perfect for this span of many feet of open hallway and upper-level landing.
It is supported by a multiple-stud arrangement of six studs.
Which all come down to a particularly-important point which the supervisor pre marked here!
This is measured correctly when seen from underneath!
What does it rest on in the basement?
Steel beam and column arrangement!
It could not be better measured or more solid.
Overall this is exactly how the architect drew up the specs and they have been translated into 3-D by this supervisor on site every day.
I knew walking into this house that it was going to be a boring (meaning well done!) house and that the clients were going to hear a lot of good things from me. They did.
And after speaking with the supervisor, who was just as impressive as his house, I was happy for my clients. When I described a couple of my initial impressions the supervisor, John, said, "Oh, you have never seen an Augustine Home before?" He knew they are doing it right! He is doing for others what he would do for himself.
My recommendation: this was a very fun inspection. The clients came away with good feelings. The supervisor did not come back worrying about what things I found. This house has inspired a post about what good things to look for on a pre-drywall inspection. In the future, when clients call, I will simply refer them to that post to see what a pre-drywall inspection should entail. And it will all be from the same house!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560