These photos show we are ready to install the sheetrock.

exterior bathroom wall insulation
interior bathroom wall insulation copy

In order to get to this stage we must first complete the framing, window install, all in-wall electrical, plumbing and duct work.

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The following photos show the beginning process of stuccoing the exterior of the existing home. Once we are done with the framing, window/ exterior door install and the roof has been dried-in we can start the exterior finish process. This project is using a one coat stucco system with a synthetic finish. Prior to adding the stucco we must first add a moisture barrier and then install a minimum of 1” insulation board. Once this is completed we add wire so the stucco will have something to hold onto.

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We Love to Hear From Our Customers

Wow it really made our day when we received the below feedback on the new home construction work we did for Art & Deb Hicks.

 

  1. Contract options- Lump sum vs cost plus.  You can talk about the cost plus contract and how you felt it went.  The transparency of how it worked and how we worked hard to save you $$.

    We used a cost plus contract, so we paid for the actual cost of the labor and materials, and a cost adder for overhead and a profit for the contractor. We were provided a list of materials and labor with their costs, which were estimates, based on preferences we’d indicated. There was also an agreed upon date for completion so that there was no incentive to delay for profit.  Actually we were given the opportunity to save costs at our discretion whenever that was possible. There was never any confusion about the process or what our costs were. The process seemingly worked well for everyone.

  2. Quality of work

    The work was excellent, and any questions were dealt with appropriately.

  3. long distance relationship with your contractor – how we communicated and how your expectations were met.

    We used phone calls, voice mail, text, photos via text, and email to conduct the project long distance.  Some decisions may have been made differently had we been able to stand in the middle of the project more often, but that was not practical for us.  After all was said and done we still wound up living in the best home construction project that we ever attempted.

  4. Project schedule- how you were sent a schedule at the beginning of the project and how we were able to complete on-time.

    We were given a project completion date which was met with time to spare, and done to our satisfaction.

  5. Billing- how the billing was presented and if it was easy to interpret.

    We had no particular issues with the billing.

  6. Did you feel we were easy to work with and did we take a proactive approach to the project?

    We had no problems dealing with the Biermann Construction team.  Emerging issues were dealt with productively and proactively.

  7. Were we able to work through any issues and come up with solutions?

    Yes, any issues the contracting personnel or we observed were reported during the process, and they were resolved in a satisfactory manner.

  8. Did you like the subcontractors we work with?

    Yes, and we’ve hired some of them for various follow-on jobs.

  9. Would you hire us again or refer us to someone else?

    Yes, we would hire you again, and in fact we pass along your name regularly as an excellent choice for a Builder.  We’ve gotten feedback from miscellaneous sources, indicating that you are an excellent choice and that they are jealous, having used someone else.

 

Regards,
Art & Deb Hicks
2605 Timber Owl Rd
Sedona, AZ  86336
(408) 605-7564

It is a wonderful feeling to know when we know our work has please our clients.  Thank You!

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Here we talk about interior doors, “Open Cell Insulation”, and window installations in our continuing whole house remodel story:

The photo to the right shows the delivery of interior doors that will be installed prior to drywall.  The reason we install the doors/ jambs now is because the jambs are kerfed which allows the drywall corner beads to wrap into the jamb.  This will replace any door casing you typically see in older homes.

delivery of interior doors
Open Cell Insulation

The photo in the left column shows the “Open Cell Insulation” in the ceiling.  We use this product where when a framing design call for no roof ventilation.

The two photos below show are typical photos for window installations.  The white window wrap is installed prior to the window installation which provides a more water tight application.  The inside view shows the windows after installation which shows the window wrap materials wrapping the sill area and up the sides for a better seal.

window installations outside view
window installations inside view

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The photos on this page are showing different views of portions of the construction prior to putting up drywall.

This photo shows a space where we completed all the inwall and framing components and are ready for drywall placement.

view of completed inwall

The below two photos show the exterior and interior of a bathroom wall wrapped with sound insulation.  This will help prevent any sounds from the bathroom to enter the bedroom.

exterior bathroom wall insulation
interior bathroom wall insulation copy
bedroom prior to drywall placement

Another picture of a bedroom with new and existing insulation prior to drywall.

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This photo shows how we took advantage of the views by raising the existing header in the large window wall so the header does not interfere with the views.  We also added a new structural support post to replace the inefficient existing post which removed the bow in the wall from the roof load above.

 

 took advantage of the views
to eliminate the support post

In this photo shows where we wrapped the existing horizontal glu-lam beam with steel plates on both sides to eliminate the support post in the middle of the room then we wrapped it with wood so we could cover the steel and bolts with drywall.

 

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To continuing on our home builder story of the whole house remodel project.

The following pictures of the ceiling were for the clients reference since they do not live close by.

Originally we were to save the wood ceiling however to get all the electrical in as requested we had to open the ceiling. Then we tried to patch so it wasn’t noticeable.  I didn’t like the appearance since the wood had faded badly over the years.  So I communicate this with the client and he asked for a price to drywall the entire lid.  The pictures were to show the extent of the drywall work involved to justify the cost.

 

 

The picture of the stairs in the right hand column was to show the client the new orientation and how it worked with the entrances to the room at the lower level.

 

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To continuing on our home builder story of the whole house remodel project.

The following 3 pictures show what typically happens after 30 yrs. of the AZ heat.  While working on the remodel we had a torrential down pour of rain which caused the roof to leak.  Prior to this happening we did see some minor water stains on the underside ceiling but couldn’t determine if this was a leak from the past and corrected or a new leak.  Upon inspection of the water issue it was determined that the black underlayment of roofing paper under the roof tile was totally rotten and the roof flashing around the chimney needed attention as well.  The solution was to replace all underlayment with new synthetic underlayment which can withstand the AZ heat.

A Sedona home builder working on a home remodel on a 30 year old house will find things like weathered roof leaks that need to be fixed.  These issues have to be analyzed and worked on as they are exposed.  We will continue this story in more posts to show how a full remodel takes what a house currently looks like to the work of art that was envisioned.

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To continuing on our home builder story of the whole house remodel project.

The following 3 pictures show what typically happens when you move walls and toilets.  Here we had to double-up the existing joist and head-off another so we could install the toilet drain for the master bathroom.

Most any home builder will tell you to expect construction adjustments which will be exposed during the project. This toilet drain adjustment is a typical example.  We will continue this story in more posts to show how a full remodel takes what a house currently looks like to the work of art that was envisioned.

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To continuing on our story of the whole house remodel project.

The following 3 pictures show a major defect in the structural integrity of the home.  Once we finished the demo and started to examine the big window wall in the family room we notice an issue that needed attention immediately.  The main house has huge glue Lam beams spanning the entire length from front to rear which holds-up the roof structure.  These huge beams we being supported by 2- 2×4 framing members which were bowing and causing the roof to sag and the main wall to bow.  Not to mention that the roof was about to collapse.  If you look at the exterior roof picture you will see a sag in the roof.  The other 2 pictures show the wall bowing and settling.  The remedy was to install engineered structural post under each beam and support from the foundation below.

 

In remodel construction projects there is a good probability unexpected repairs and fixes will be exposed from issues with the original construction. We will continue this story in more posts to show how a full remodel takes what a house currently looks like to the work of art that was envisioned.

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