Homebuyer Walkthrough Sheets

            Homebuyer walkthrough sheets are a source for identifying quality-control items that slipped past the final phase of the construction…but were noticed by the homebuyer at the walkthrough.

            Some of these items are minor like missed paint touchup that are the result of time-crunch of completions, escrow closings, and move-ins that occur as closely sequenced events.

            But other items are actual bugs that show up repeatedly on several walkthroughs…and therefore require identification and attention in order to be eliminated going forward. 

Red-Lined Plans

            Red-lined sets of plans are plans (blueprints) that have been corrected or modified in the field because of errors or owner’s changes.

            For multi-unit production tract housing and condominiums, red-lined plans are usually generated during the construction of the sales models which constitutes the trial-run phase before full-scale production begins.

            The construction of the sales models provides the time-period in the project when the construction is debugged and the owner makes interior floor plan and exterior elevation changes.

            The red-lined plans are then given back to the architect and engineers for revision so that a correct, updated set of plans can be used for the remainder of the construction.

            Red-lined plans enable the builder to identify common mistakes to look for on future plans.

            For example, laundry closets typically dimensioned 30 inches deep by the architect might be too tight for some brands of clothes dryers when the inclusion of the dryer vent hose and the gas pipe are taken into consideration…resulting in the wood bi-fold door bottom metal guides rubbing against the fronts of the appliances…for lack of space.

            I have seen plans that mistakenly show a bedroom wardrobe closet opening width of 5 feet—6 inches…when standard 2-foot 9-inch wide closet doors do not exist.

            These types of errors should become part of a growing checklist the builder uses as they analyze the plans before the start of every new project.

RFIs (Requests for Information)

            Requests for information (RFIs) are written questions submitted to the architect or engineers…by the builder or a subcontractor (through the builder) and involve conflicts or omissions on the plans or in the specifications…or some issue in the construction. 

            RFIs can also simply be a photograph of a problem in the construction…using a cordless digital phone for example…which is e-mailed to the architect or one of the engineers along with a follow-up telephone call…but memorialized also in a written RFI to document the problem and the solution.

            RFIs from a number of past projects can be a goldmine of information that can be organized and analyzed to be used in a checklist format to proactively debug the design plans for similar current and upcoming projects.

            Because RFIs generally are described and illustrated in sufficient detail…and answered with equal specificity in addressing the problem or issue…RFIs are ready-made in that they can simply be applied to current and future upcoming projects to determine if similar conditions might produce similar questions or problems.

            Eliminating RFI’s proactively upfront before the actual construction begins can greatly improve all aspects of the project…from obtaining more accurate bids to avoiding time-consuming stoppages in the work.

            During the construction, quickly answered RFI’s eliminates the costly manpower inefficiency of having to temporarily move tradespeople around on the jobsite to other areas while a question or conflict is resolved.

            Having potential future RFI’s answered upfront while the project is still on paper is the best outcome for the builder, the designers, and for field personnel…in terms of time-management.

Address Plaques 2

Wrought-iron handrail crashes with house address numbers plaque.
House address numbers plaque spans across three bevel siding boards…leaving gaps.

Sample illustrations from the books: Perfect Housing Design & Construction.

Address Plaques 1

Pre-cast Handrail cap crashes with house address numbers plaque.
Another example of a light fixture extending down in front of the house address numbers plaque.

Sample illustrations from the books: Perfect Housing Design & Construction

Light Fixtures Crash with Address Plaques

            The aim of this blog is to identify quality-control issues that can be prevented upfront through foreknowledge.

            Most important, each topic can be cut and paste copied from this website, and/or from my 14 e-book series and placed in the details pages of architectural and interior design plans, and in building trades subcontracts produced by general contractors, builders, and purchasing agents.

            I do not feel bad about engaging in shameless advertising in this blog because the costs of the book resources are so inexpensive.  Each of the 14 e-books costs $2.99 and $9.00 in print, available on Amazon.  All 14 e-books purchased separately run about $42, and the 5 print books together cost $45.  The 14 e-books are available as one large e-book that costs $30.

            The examples in this blog are samples of the 1,035 topics in the 14 e-books.  Each topic is an assembly-line bug that escaped the foresight of the designers, builders, and tradespersons involved.

            Only in this way will quality-control debugging enter into the standards of the industry, overcoming the constraints of geographical isolation between projects, economic competition, and the lack of channels of communication to communicate this information.

            Only in this way can housing construction begin to approximate the efficiency of the traditional mass-production assembly-line.  

Light Fixtures Crash with Addresses.

Height of light fixture rough outlet box placement and size of house address numbers plaque all coordinated to fit.