This is the second post of two about pre-drywall things you really like to see. And, these things certainly represent a best practice by any builder.
These are a few more things that were not only impressive about this new construction, but could be looked for in any pre-drywall inspection.
First, from the moment I arrived in the garage, and viewing all three floors, including a basement, the place was spic and span.
There was no debris anywhere. NO nails to step on. NOTHING for clients to trip on. Even the dust had been swept.
The guardrail and handrail constructed for both staircases was high, secure and protective. Although there are no vertical balusters, they still look like guardrails!
Clients, even clients' grandparents, could have walked safely up and down stairs.
This is not the norm.
This is terrific to see.
Often the guardrail is wobbly and I am removing debris from the stairs before my clients come up and down.
Master bathrooms always have lots to look at.
In this one two things stand out. The shower drain is not merely glued down, but bolted. And the bolts are stainless steel. They will last a long, long time.
Secondly, the seat in the master shower has its waterproof membrane as a single sheet. It is fitted properly, nailed with stainless steel nails and overlaps the bottom pan without being nailed through it!
Further, in the bathrooms there is more good to see.
There are three bath tub/shower assemblies. All of them are secured! They don't wobble! When CPVC tubing is used, not as strong as copper, it must be supported so it does not move. Often the supports are little plastic clips. Notice how the handle assembly is metal. Often they are plastic too! This is a device that in the master bathroom can be used over 800 times a year! Do you think plastic everything is going to last? Do you think wobbly is going to last? This plumber actually measured, drilled holes and fitted his tubing and clipped it after that! This is a secure installation.
Also, the master bath tub, a big one, is set on special pads, foamed to them so it is level and does not move and all the gaps are protected with metal and fire foam. These pads are best practice. They are an excellent solution to the unlevel or insecure bath tub that can crack over time.
Usually exterior doors do not have the Energy Star sticker left on them. The pink demonstrates where this door stacks up.
This door has its sticker. It is an efficient door in all 50 states.
So many times I have seen a front porch that has been hardly attached to the house. Toe nails, a few, seem to reign. This porch is secured very well, with many bolted beams at the edge. This roof is not going anywhere.
My recommendation: these few photos do not represent all things to look at on a pre-drywall inspection, by any means. But these were all found on the same house! What a lesson in best practice! I was impressed with the house, impressed with the supervisor and impressed with the builder in general. Certainly I would recommend Augustine Builders to anybody considering buying a new home.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560