|The Daly Chronicle:
On this job in Lebanon, NJ., D & J Construction was hired as the General Contractor to add a seven hundred square foot
addition. This included, a dining area, bedroom and a bathroom. We also took apart the old deck, enlarged and rebuilt it. As the
job progressed, the Owners Ira & Trisha Daly added on a complete residing job. This job went without a hitch....except for the
one pulling out the tree stump that was bigger than my pickup bed. It took a full day to get this tree stump out and disposed of.
But once done, we were ready to mark out for the new crawlspace. Enjoy the pictures.
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It took only a few days to get the site ready for the crawlspace. During this process, we had to re-route the septic line, and
install a new line to the tank. The footing was formed and poured, stone installed, and the block work was started. During this
time, I wanted to keep the excavated dirt dry, so that it didn't become a mud hole, and it didn't. The reason for this was that
the septic, which took up a good portion of the back yard, was only fifteen feet away from the addition. And if it got muddy, it
could compromise the integrity of the system, and I really wasn't about to replace their septic system. Below you'll see the
block going in, and the backfilling of the crawlspace.
It's been two weeks now, and we
are putting on the deck for the
addition. Prior to starting this
process, a lot of measurements
had to be considered. The final
height of the block work had to
be perfect so when the finished
floor goes in, it matches up with
the existing finished floor.
By the end of the following day,
we had the majority of the
addition framed. As a
convenience to the Owners, we
plan to do most of the work from
the outside, without breaking
into the wall that will become the
access to the addition. In two
days, we were putting on the
sheathing. Now we are ready to
install the windows and doors,
and it's time for the rough
plumbing and electric to start.
To the right is a picture of my
tool trailer. We had just hung the
new D & J Construction sign on it.
This trailer houses most of the
tools needed to complete the job.
Now that the sheathing is done,
we have installed the "Anderson"
windows and doors. On the center
right picture you see that next to
the sliding patio door is a full size
fixed window. This was not on the
print, but as we were starting the
siding, the Owner called me and
asked how impossible would it be
to add this window. Knowing that
it's usually a week turnaround, I
told him it was pretty impossible,
but I would call around. I found
one in stock......in Pennsylvania,
so off I drove, and by the end of
that day the window was
installed. Now we can continue
with the vinyl siding. The roof is
also going on, and all of this is
important so we can make the
addition weather tight.
Part of this job was to strip the existing deck, extend it eight feet over to meet the new addition. We had to add to the frame
work, and repair some rotted or broken joists. We installed "Timber Tech" composite decking, and railings.
Now that the outside of the
house is finished, we can
start the finishing process on
the inside. The lot was
graded, seeded, and hayed. It
only took three days for the
grass to start growing.
We installed the
Sheetrock, to keep
them from getting
damaged. This is
the third coat of
Spackle, and we
are almost ready to
prime the walls.
On one of the
pictures I caught
the elusive Owner
Ira Daly peeking
into the area to see
our progress for the
day. We kept the
from the existing
house until the last
Now for the finishing touches. The
hardwood floors went in, the we painted
the walls and ceiling. And that's when all
the imperfections of the Spackle show up,
so the touch ups begin. All of the trim is
now being installed.
The bathroom floor was a slate, so
care had to be taken in laying it down,
as the tiles weren't consistent. After
the grout, then setting the toilet,
vanity, and shower was next. The trim
was installed, and now it's ready
With all of the doors
installed, all of the
walls painted, trim
installed and painted,
it's now time to sand
and finish the oak
floors. They really came
The pass through
opening into the
kitchen was actually a
window in the exterior
of the house. So, that's
the scoop on the Daly
Addition. These people
were Great to work
with, and I felt like
family by the time the
job was finished. It's
always hard to say
goodbye, and move on.
But I must...... There's a
sun room waiting to be
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