Chandlee and Sons Construction Company signed a contract with 33 South Main, L.L.C., owners Eric and Angie Bendiks, for construction on their commercial property – a six-story building (including cellar) at 33 South Main Street in Alpharetta called Liberty Hall.
Seth Chandlee, Chief Executive Officer of Chandlee Holdings and Founding Partner of Chandlee and Sons Construction Company, commented on his Facebook page in January 2019, “What an honor! Chandlee and Sons is the official general contractor on the Liberty Hall building. The scope is to finish the basement (cellar), plus perform detailed work on floors one through five, and complete the exterior of this historic, beautiful building including site work. We are committed to providing the quality of work that is expected from our firm. Let’s do this!”
The architect for this unique commercial construction project is D. Tracy Ward whose office is in Cumming. The Presidential Guild in Alpharetta is the project’s developer whose contact is John Adams (a descendent of the first John Adams) – Cecil Brown is the Guild’s construction manager. Jack Bell is the structural engineer, Garrett Phelps is the civil engineer from Plum Creek Consulting, and Steve Manley of Manley Land Design in the landscape architect – all from Alpharetta. Brian Fagen is the MPE engineer with PMH Associates in Cumming.
The client changed general contractors choosing Chandlee and Sons Construction Company to complete this important multi-scope commercial construction project. Owner, Angie Bendiks filed the official papers changing the contractor with the City of Alpharetta. Our Project Manager on this project is Chuck Fatheree and Mary Chandlee is our Project Administrator.
On Valentine’s Day 2019, Seth Chandlee remarked, “We have officially taken over Liberty Hall in downtown Alpharetta. We are completing a $12,000,000 building, inside and out, including all tenant spaces. Consider it done. This building is an icon in this downtown district.”
Description of Liberty Hall, floor by floor –
The cellar (bottom) floor of the Liberty Hall building has a lobby, tenant spaces, two restrooms, storage and mechanical spaces.
The first floor has a main lobby entrance on the front and a secondary lobby entrance on the back of the building. There is a grand staircase, a second staircase and two elevators – all grant access from the cellar up to the fifth floor. There are two restrooms, a large kitchen with two dining rooms and a bar, and a tenant – Liberty Cigars.
The second floor is 5,500 square feet of available tenant space with two small restrooms, two staircases and an elevator lobby.
The third floor has two tenant spaces, one is 5,000 square feet and the other is 500 square feet. The American History Guild occupies one of the spaces. There are also two small restrooms, two staircases and small elevator lobby.
The Founder’s Club is the entire fourth floor. The Founder’s Room has twenty-foot ceilings and occupies approximately one-thousand square feet in the center of the space with an eight-foot tall marble fireplace, a whiskey bar, a presentation stage, and the first floor of the library that extends to a mezzanine level via a metal spiral staircase. The design of this room was inspired by the library at Biltmore House, George Vanderbilt’s home in Asheville, North Carolina. The library contains antiquarian manuscripts, thousands of books and art. In the front of the Founder’s Room is the Sons of Liberty Room (billiards and gaming), the New England Colonies Room and the Middle Colonies Room. The Southern Colonies Room and Jefferson Dining Room are on one side and the new kitchen (former salon) and administrative office are on the other side. On the back side of the building is the entrance to the Founder’s Room from the elevator lobby, two stairways and a storage room (the former catering room). There are also fireplaces in the Colony rooms and the dining room. The mezzanine level has the library on three sides, and engineering room, two prop storage rooms and several panels that access storage above the rooms on the fourth floor.
The outside terrace and new outdoor kitchen are accessed through the Churchill Room on the fifth floor. The terrace wraps the front and one side of the building. There is also a mechanical room with a boiler, two restrooms, an elevator lobby, east and south hallways and a prop storage room on this floor.
In addition to the actual construction, we are responsible to:
- Determine what inspections are complete and what inspections still need to be performed
- Meet with the architects and original sub-contractors
- Determine which subs have been paid and can they finish quickly and accurately
- Locate and inventory all site materials
- Determine what materials are needed to finish and place orders for these materials
- Locate manufacturer-certified installers for warranted scope of work in order to provide client with warranted workmanship
- Prepare a warranty book to present to the clients when the project is complete
- Finish the build per the plans as efficiently as possible using our management team and staff, sub-contractors, and suppliers to keep project operating under expected timeline
- Establish a build schedule for the clients
- Insure every surface, whether windows, walls, floors, etc. are professionally cleaned
- Turn over a project that meets Chandlee and Sons’ standards of workmanship and warranties
On March 1, Seth Chandlee remarked on the company Facebook page, “Liberty Hall, the façade is almost redone, along with the hardscape, the siding and paint.” Two weeks later her posted, “The finishes are moving along at 33 Main Street in Alpharetta. We have completed the cellar level, the first floor, the third floor, the fourth and fifth floors, and the rooftop terrace. The rooftop is receiving a second bar and an additional kitchen.” Note the second floor will be finished last as it had the largest scope of work to perform.
The Historic Downtown Review Board approved our landscape plan on April 5. Our crews continue with upgrades in all the common areas on all five floors.
Detailed account of the scope of work by floor and room.
Building Exterior –
Our crews pressure washed, patched and repaired walls (where needed); sanded and painted them to a level 5 finish; and cleaned and painted railing to lower cellar doorway. We completed all hardscape masonry work along with existing and proposed retaining wall structures including lower cellar slab and drain area that was bricked. A concrete dumpster slab was poured and sloped to the drain, two bollards were added at the entrance, and gates were installed at the front of the slab. The exterior awning was completed and painted. We sanded and sealed all exterior doors, thresholds and windows; finished all exterior ventilation; and landscaped according to the approved plans. Exterior signage was ordered and placed on the building, a wood privacy fence was installed around the dumpster enclosure, the ‘land fill’ area in the back of the property was cleaned up, and existing job trailers were removed.
Tenant Spaces, Common Areas, Hallways and Staircases –
Tenant spaces are in the cellar and on floors one through three. with common areas, hallways and stairs on Our crews made repairs to the drywall, then skimmed and sanded to a level 5 finish. Flush mount fixtures were installed at the stairs. We trimmed out HVAC vents, sprinkler head vents, and where all lighting, electrical, and fire alarm components penetrated floors, walls and ceilings (gaps were patched or face plated). Railings, steel staircase risers, and exposed stair-tread faces were cleaned, and then painted to a quality finish. All concrete was cleaned and sealed with matt or satin sealer to provide a cleanable surface. We verified floor finish for the staircases, if carpet, it will be selected and signed off by the client. Hardwood floors were professionally cleaned and waxed – we recommended that the clients cover floors with rugs or runners especially near staircases and elevators. All walls, ceilings, railings and exposed metal were painted. We performed this work after hours thoroughly cleaning everywhere worked was performed that day without disturbing the tenants.
The Founder’s Club –
Elevator Lobby and Hallway –
Crews installed a built-in hotel box beside the elevator in the lobby on the fourth floor. The HVAC vendor installed a large access portal in the ceiling.
The wainscot in the hallway matches the hotel box style of the built-in furniture pieces. A drop-down soffit was framed and drywalled where the hallway ends at the library. The hard lid ceiling in the hallway was framed and all mechanicals were roughed-in. Directional 4-inch can-lights, fire alarm, sprinklers, speakers and HVAC components were lowered to the height of the new ceiling in hallway six. The ceiling above the wainscot trim and walls were painted, and the wainscot trim matches the piece of furniture (hotel box). Floors are chevron pattern white oak. Our crew removed eight sheets of ½-inch plywood in this area to flush out with the remaining floor heights. Baseboards were built into the wainscot and quarter round was installed after the floors were finished. We framed a new wall at the end of this hallway, we also built and installed a new walnut door with hardware and casing.
The Founder’s Room –
This area is the largest and most open space in the building – a perfect place for gatherings. Our crews added missing insulation in the walls and stubbed the plumbing (water and drain lines, grease trap lines, floor drains) as needed in the whiskey bar and the storage room (former catering kitchen) – these same lines run into the new kitchen (former salon). We inspected and repaired loose subfloor. All electric, IT and lighting within the walls and floors in this two-story room has been finalized and closed-up.
Regarding the doors that exit out of the main room – they have been adjusted or reframed as necessary except for the newly constructed and installed walnut doors.
The two-story ceiling is a joint effort with the carpenters, low-voltage vendor, electricians and fire alarm/sprinkler vendor. All fire-rated plywood and drywall was finished with low-volt power lines pulled through at existing locations. Fire blocking was installed in the ceiling for a large one-hundred-pound chandelier that was installed before we closed the ceiling. The crew created a gothic tracery ceiling with circular holes in the middle of each detail that will line up with all the mechanicals (sprinkler heads, LED power cables, speakers, lighting fixtures) that are located within the ceiling. The insulation installers coordinated with mechanical crews. The details of the ceiling are caulked and painted, and mechanicals are trimmed and painted. We relocated a spiral staircase, formerly on the third floor, to the fourth floor where our crew reassembled it between the fourth floor and mezzanine and painted it black.
The whiskey bar inside the library received a new knee-wall with fire-rated plywood installed on the front and top. The existing antique bar front panel was reinstalled over the new knee wall. The end walls and back walls for the bar were built onsite to match the antique bar front paneling and custom bookcases were constructed on both sides of the back wall. These will have base cabinetry with countertops. Countertops for the bar and bookcase cabinets are black marble to match the marble front of the existing large fireplace. Gray quarry tile is being installed on the floor behind the bar with matching tile cove base. The equipment for the operation of the bar is supplied by the owner and our crews installed the components. All antique millwork was sealed, stained and poly coated to match the antique bar face wall, as closely as possible.
The raised floor system for the stage inside the library was framed by our crew. This floor system mirrors the balcony detail above it. White oak bullnose was installed around the detail and chevron pattern white oak hardwood covers the stage floor surface. The stage fascia will be either white oak or paint grade finish. A horizontal white oak boarder was installed in every doorway.
Master, general and trim carpentry crews will assist millwork crew to finish the following:
- Create mezzanine railings and newel posts from white oak to match tops of library built-ins
- Fabricate and install all new walnut doors, door jambs and casings
- Construct the library ceiling, built-in bookshelves and ceiling wrap around molding detail
- Create all wall wainscoting details, all double backed baseboard details and caps
- Build and install ‘catwalk’ access doors with locks for areas around mezzanine per code
- Construct a two or three-step staircase from the mezzanine office to library per code
- Fabricate or order all fireplace mantels
- Wrap the two existing two-story columns with walnut detail
- Mezzanine steel fascia – sand and paint or cover with wood trim
- Finish the ceiling over the bar, stage and all areas that hang out over the first floor
- Frame wall on the mezzanine to wrap around 36-inch pipe, leave small cased opening for patrons to walk through
- Trim out all mechanicals; low voltage & low volt lighting, fire alarm, sprinklers, speakers, equipment for the bar, etc. – pass inspections
- Repair and finish black marble fireplace plus shaft wall and side trim detail per supplied sketch
After carpentry crews finish and the space is cleaned the floor and paint crews will begin work. Soon the floors were sanded, stained and finished, and quarter round installed. Wall surfaces received stain, polyurethane or paint per finish selections – the two-story wall received wall paper.
Chuck Fatheree called for final inspections from the Fire Marshall, the City Building Department, and the County Health Department. After inspections, it was time to move in the décor items.
In the engineering room, we provided a table along with an IT board wall for the HVAC vendor to set all final HVAC and boiler control units for the building. Old conduits and wires were removed. The concrete slab was cleaned, and a sealer applied. The walls in this area were primed with a cleanable eggshell paint. The openings for access to the catwalks were framed-in and site-built plywood doors were installed with hinges and basic padlock gate-style locking devices and then primed white.
Storage Area –
This area, a former catering kitchen, had existing acoustical tiles removed (to be stored on the third floor for a Berkshire Hathaway build project). Our crew finished the trim out of the mechanicals in the ceiling and called for the inspection. We supplied and installed new two by two tiles in the ceiling. The vendor finished and supplied fiber reinforced panels for the four walls from the tile cove to the acoustical tile ceiling to finish the room. Tile grouting was completed, and the room cleaned. Mechanicals were trimmed, and made ready for final inspections (fire, sprinkler, lighting, fire alarm, electrical, safety, etc.).
This area, a former salon room, is new the kitchen for the club. A three-foot aluminum swinging traffic door was installed leading into the designated space. The subfloor was prepared for the installation of tile flooring. Plumbing drains, water line, drain lines, sewer lines, gas lines and other mechanicals were roughed-in per the new design. A new grease vent duct was installed to the roof, the new vent hood was set, and the walk-in cooler was installed. Chuck insured that the rough-in was inspected. He supervised the crews finishing the wall framing and insulation – and then called for wall and ceiling cover inspections. In the area of the stove, the walls were prepared with half sheetrock and fire-resistant fiber reinforced panels. The ceilings were either covered with washable acoustical ceiling tiles or a health code approved paint of fiber reinforced panels with a ceiling detail. The existing exterior door threshold was raised, weather stripping corrected and sanded and sealed both inside and outside. Carpentry crews widened the arched trim and linear trim around each door to flush out with the new walls. Quarry tile and cove base were installed throughout the area. Our crew caulked and painted where needed, set mechanicals and equipment, installed shelving and trimmed out mechanicals. Chuck again called for the building and mechanical inspections. After passing, he called in the health inspection when the kitchen was ready for operations to begin.
Sons of Liberty Room –
Our crews installed the insulation in the exterior and interior walls. Subcontractors installed the fire-rated plywood and drywall, and the mechanical rough-in for ceilings and walls per plans. Trim carpenters completed wood wall detail work, the fireplace mantel, the ceiling detail, the double base board details, and door jambs. Sconce lighting fixtures were relocated according to the plan.
HVAC subcontractor aligned the ceiling linear vents with existing drywall and trim detail. The crew also cut into the ceiling, realigned ducting, patched and sanded the drywall and prepped for painting. They also brought the gas lines into the fireplace and trimmed out the gas insert to ready the fireplace for use. Chandlee Electric roughed-in, supplied and trimmed out five picture lights, two wall sconces, and one chandelier in this room.
The fireplace mantel was framed, and a brown marble surround and hearth were fabricated and installed. White oak wood was used to create a band around the marble hearth to flush out with the edge of the existing mantel. Existing plywood subfloor was repaired before the crew installed the white oak chevron patterned hardwood flooring. White oak shoe mold was added after the floors were sanded and finished. All gaps between the crown molding and wood wall were repaired and finished to a level 5 finish. The new band around the marble hearth was painted. The six existing double exterior doors had the thresholds adjusted and weather stripping was added to prevent water intrusion – each door was sanded and sealed on the exterior and interior. The wood wall wainscot was sanded, stained and poly finished to match the color of the existing French walnut antique fireplace mantel. The mantel was cleaned and oiled. The drywall band on the wall and ceiling was caulked and painted. Mechanicals (sprinkler, electrical, fire alarm, lighting, HVAC, etc.) were trimmed out. Chuck called for final inspections for mechanicals, building, and the Fire Marshall. We will add a screen to the fireplace if it is needed to pass inspection. After the inspection the room was cleaned and ready to receive décor.
New England Colonies Room –
Mechanical rough-ins for the walls and ceilings were done. Chandlee Electric extended electrical outlet covers, switch boxes and junction boxes. Installing insulation in the exterior wall and interior wall was finished. Subcontractor installed the fire blocking, drywall ceilings and walls per base build. Walls and ceilings in this room were drywalled, caulked, sanded and painted white for future trim work.
Existing exterior double doors were adjusted, thresholds raised, and weather stripping secured to ensure a water tight seal. These doors were sanded and sealed inside and outside. Blocking in the ceiling was provided for the chandelier. The exterior balcony located in this room was wire brushed to remove rust spots and repainted. Additional supports were added to balconies. Flashing on the balcony was not completed previously so water intrusion into the building is an issue. We removed the flashing and installed it correctly and the IPE decking was infilled from the existing balcony decking to the door threshold. We caulked and sealed around jambs after re-flashing, then installed the IPE.
The HVAC subcontractor installed a center grill detail and two access panels in the ceiling to access HVAC units above. They aligned ceiling registers and gas lines into each fireplace with a key left onsite and trimmed out the linear vents per the plan. Thermostats were installed on finished surfaces inside clear locking covers throughout the building as noted in the plans.
Carpenters fabricated and installed four three-foot raised-panel walnut pocket doors. The hardware pulls and locks were installed after the doors were sealed and finished. Two additional three-foot doors including jambs, casings and hardware were fabricated onsite and installed. Case openings were trimmed out with two columns on either side with crown mold detail that were caulked and painted. All existing doors received arched and linear trim to widen door trim to new width of fire rated plywood and drywall walls.
The fireplace hearth surround was framed out, marble was installed on both sides, front and hearth on each unit. Baseboards were doubled backed ten inches thick, the same as the Sam Adams Room, to allow for wall paneling to be added later. Chevron white oak hardwood flooring was installed, sanded and finished and quarter round added. The final mechanical trim out was done after the floors were finished. Wood trim, doors, and all millwork was sealed, stained or receive polyurethane. Chuck called for final inspections for all trades and final fire inspection. After the inspections the room was ready for the owners’ décor and opened for use.
Middle Colonies Room –
Rapid Wall, the subcontractor, finished exterior and interior wall insulation, fire-rated plywood walls and ceilings, drywall walls and ceilings, framed in back rear wall, and primed plywood and drywall making it ready to paint. Ceilings, walls and trim were caulked and painted.
Floor crew repaired the subfloor, supplied and installed poplar base boards with cap, and supplied and installed white oak chevron patterned flooring. The choice of flooring for each room stops at the doorway.
Carpentry crews fabricated and installed two walnut three-foot doors, frames, jambs, trim with hardware to match existing hardware found on exterior door units. They also framed out one cased opening with walnut trim, supplied and installed double backed ten-inch thick baseboards with cap. The thresholds were raised for six existing double exterior doors and weather stripping was repaired or added to create a waterproof envelope – these doors were sanded, sealed inside and outside to maintain for life. The crew fabricated arched and linear trim to widen the six doors to match the thickness of the walls.
Each fireplace received a Colonial era styled mantel with marble and fascia surrounds and hearth. The HVAC subcontractor brought gas lines into each fireplace providing keys for each one.
Once the mechanical trim outs were complete in each room, Chuck called for the final mechanical inspection. Sanding and finishing the hardwood flooring and installing paint grade quarter round in this room for the last task. Chuck then called for the final building and fire inspections. Décor was brought into the room after the inspections were passed and the room was opened for use.
Southern Colonies Room –
Chandlee Electric added one four-inch down light in the ceiling over the fireplace. Access panels were also added in the ceiling prior to completing the plywood and drywall by the HVAC crew. Rapid Wall finished the insulation installation in the exterior and interior walls – they also sanded and finished the surface to receive primer.
The carpenters used a single slab of Andrew Jackson’s Estate Hickory to create a fireplace surround. We hope to use hickory to construct a mantel as required in the plans. The mantel was installed, and the crew framed behind the surround to receive a two-centimeter marble surround. They installed a natural finish pine chair rail mold with matching pine base cap mold. The marble vendor installed the surround, and fascia and the hearth.
The four existing exterior double doors had their thresholds raised and weather stripping was added or adjusted to provide a water tight seal – they were then sanded and sealed. Carpenters fabricated and trimmed out these doors to widen the jam size to match the extra thick walls. They also fabricated and installed a three-foot by eight-foot walnut door with casings, created arched and linear trims around the door, and installed the hardware.
The subfloor was repaired to receive new heart pine flooring that was sanded and finished with pine quarter round. Walls, ceilings and trim were painted, sealed, and poly coated. HVAC and mechanical subcontractors verified that all rough-ins were complete.
Mechanical and low voltage trim out was performed after the painting and floor installations were complete. Chuck again called for mechanical and final inspections, had the space professionally cleaned, then turned the room over to the client for décor and opened for use.
Restrooms and Hallways –
There are five restrooms: The French, the English, the American, the Native American and the German. Chuck verified with each mechanical trade that each restroom was roughed out per the plan to receive necessary fixtures, HVAC, electrical, lighting fixtures, vanity sinks, low voltage fire alarms, strobes, exit signs, etc.
Rapid Wall completed the walls and ceilings after the mechanicals were roughed-in to receive paint finishes. All restroom doors are three-foot by eight-foot pre-hung mahogany with matching lever action hardware (supplied by Masterpiece Lighting in Roswell, Georgia) – they were hung to swing inward. Some light switches were relocated to allow for the swing on the new doors. Each door and trim were stained and sealed. Floor finishes for each restroom are specific per the plans. Wood floors were sanded and sealed, quarter round was installed, then they were cleaned. Tile was grouted where necessary and cleaned. Mechanical contractors installed registers, exhaust fans, lighting, outlets, switches, speakers, fire alarms, and all required trims. MasterFlo supplied and installed toilets and owner-supplied pedestals, vanities and sink bowls and faucets. Each restroom was decorated uniquely according the plans. The French restroom received a wood pedestal installed with a 1760’s marble top and bowl and the Native American restroom received heart pine flooring, baseboards and quarter round.
Double backed ten-inch baseboard with matching base cap was installed in the hallway matching the profile of the other rooms. After repairing the subflooring where needed, the floor crew installed chevron patterned white oak in the hallways up to the entry to each restroom. The floors were sanded and finished, and quarter round installed. When the mechanical trim out was complete, Chuck called for final mechanical, building and fire inspections. The restrooms were then thoroughly cleaned and turned over to the owners for décor and opening for use.
Jefferson Dining Room –
The drywall subcontractor installed an eight-inch wide by one quarter-inch thick drywall band around the top of the wall at the ceiling to cover gaps. They finished and sanded joints to a paint-ready condition. C&M finish trimmed the walls, ceilings and miscellaneous work within this room. All millwork, ceilings, walls and trim were caulked and painted.
The fireplace mantel received two stone bases added underneath each rotten or missing foot. Some mantel pieces were glued back in place. The carpenters framed behind the mantel to prepare it to receive two centimeters of marble inner surround, a fascia surround and hearth.
The plywood subfloor was repaired. The floor crew installed a mix of 1780’s thirty by thirty French antique pine with an additional three hundred square feet of parquet flooring as a border around the room. The antique floors were carefully sanded to match the new floor. Pine quarter round was installed and stained to match as closely as possible.
The crew adjusted the thresholds and added weather stripping to four existing exterior double doors. The carpenters built one three-foot by eight-foot walnut door, frame, jamb and casing – it was predrilled for hardware that matches the hardware on the other doors. Each door was sanded and sealed inside and outside and stained or receive polyurethane as needed.
The HVAC subcontractor realigned linear vent locations to line up in the ceiling between the tracery detail and crown mold detail. This crew installed registers in the ceiling, replaced four missing vent covers and one missing return after the painting was complete. They also ran the gas to the fireplace leaving a key. There is a $1,000 allowance for the room’s chandelier. Mechanical vendors trimmed out final mechanicals within the walls and ceilings, as necessary for final mechanical inspections. Chuck called for a professional clean, final inspections and turned over this room to the owner for décor.
Mezzanine Office –
This room had a window that was covered over. Our crew located it behind the drywall, cut it out, and installed a casement and a stationary non-opening window that matched the windows in the commons area staircase near this office. The opening was trimmed out, the drywall was touched up and primed white. The existing concrete slab was cleaned and sealed.
Churchill Room, Hallway, Restrooms, New Kitchen and Rooftop –
It was immediately necessary to rough-in all plumbing, drains, sewer and water lines into the bar, kitchen and rooftop bar as these spaces were originally built without any of the plumbing roughed-in in any of the basic areas.
Hallway: The crew touched-up drywall walls, ceilings, trim corners and finished the ceiling which included reframing the ceiling in the elevator hallway. Mechanicals were roughed-in the new gypsum board ceiling. Ten-inch deep baseboards were added in the area of the elevator hallway including base cap. The ceiling, walls and trim were painted in the hallway. A portion of the walls in the hallway received a wainscot paneling detail from the C&M carpenters. They trimmed with medium density fiberboard and popular in board and batten design. The crew framed a six-foot by eight-foot opening at the elevator that was insulated and drywalled leaving a rough opening for a door 3-feet by 8-feet. The carpenter supplied and installed a walnut pre-hung door. The hardwood floors were finished, and quarter round was installed. Common areas and stairwell doors were sanded and finished to a smooth, shiny finish. Two very large HVAC access panels were installed in the ceiling.
Churchill Room: This room is on the top (fifth) floor and has access to a rooftop terrace. Carpenters built-up an indoor/outdoor threshold to match the level of the outside rooftop deck. New waterproof thresholds and weather stripping were installed for all exterior doorways to prevent water intrusion.
The trim carpenters finished the paneling on the walls and the trim detail on the ceilings. The floor system was framed, and plywood decking was added after the plumbing was roughed-in for the bar. Three booths were mounted and installed with finish trim added as needed.
The fireplace mantel was framed to accept a marble inner surround, fascia surround, and hearth. The HVAC subcontractor brought the gas lines to the fireplace (adding a key lock) and wood burning stoves.
Mechanicals were roughed-in for the bar. Carpenters built a back bar counter with a liquor tree under the countertop. A black marble bar top and back bar top was installed. Damage to the fireplace hearth was repaired, the mantel was wire brushed and re-glued. Marble was installed once the mantle is in place. Fiber reinforced panels were installed behind the bar wall. The subcontractor supplied and installed quarry tile base and cove base behind the bar and transitioned to the hardwood floors already in place.
All walls and ceilings were prepped for paint. Stain or poly was applied to the wood wall coverings. Doors and trim were stained and received polyurethane. Existing hardwood floors were sanded and finished. Note that some hardwood flooring was replaced due to previous water damage. Once painting is complete and hardwoods are finished, mechanical trim out will begin. Bar equipment was installed and connected to plumbing. Chuck again will call for the final mechanical, building and fire inspections.
Kitchen: A ten-foot long partition wall was constructed at the entrance to the kitchen to hide the doorway from the view of the public. The crew framed and drywalled a case opening at the end of the wall. The kitchen opening was reframed to accept a double three-foot by eight-foot swinging door. The wood casing will have a door attached at all four corners.
Bathrooms: Chuck verified that inspections were current and that all existing mechanical rough-ins were correct in each bathroom as there are several holes and missing items from these ceilings. The walls and ceilings were patched where needed. Ceilings and exposed walls were painted.
Tile work in the two bathrooms (a men’s and a women’s) was finished. Missing or broken tiles were repaired, grouting was finished, and cut-outs were made for light switches and outlet covers. New doors were installed, and prefab slabs were purchased to match the frames. The doors were stained and sealed. MasterFlo set the missing fixtures along with sinks and faucets. Partitions were also installed in both bathrooms. Each stall received a single ADA enclosure with a lockable door. Each toilet and urinal had a separation wall added dividing them. All ADA fixtures and accessories required have been added. The owners are providing mirrors and lighting. The carpenter crew fabricated and installed a furniture leg to match the existing one for the countertop. Chuck called for mechanical and final inspections, and after cleaning they were turned-over to the owners for decor.
Rooftop Terrace: An area of the existing roof was removed. The roof was tested for leaks and repaired. Every required waterproofing measure was utilized and completed prior to the construction of the flooring system. All work was performed by a warrantied installer including the boots for said mechanicals insuring they are properly flashed. The subcontractor checked every penetration where flashing bands were added and where the thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) had been penetrated. Where needed, a permanent fix was provided. These areas were covered in edging trim. Chuck called for all required roof inspections once work was completed.
Our crew inspected and repaired rust spots on the metal railings. Exterior mechanicals including outdoor heaters, exterior lighting, string lighting, etc., were installed.
Fireplaces on the roof were inspected to insure they were constructed correctly. Our crew insured each had has a chimney cap. Subcontractor verified all gas lines were in place, that each one had a screen cover and a key. Owners will determine if they want hearths added.
We pre-stubbed for a future outdoor kitchen before the floor decking was installed and priced the cost to construct it including utilities, lines, power, drains, water, etc., to the owners. Therefore, it ready to tap into if the owners want to construction the outdoor kitchen. We ordered materials and installation through the roofing vendor to insure a warrantied project. This subcontractor determined the step ups/step downs into each doorway and insured there are no leaks that everywhere the masonry meets the roof. We also priced adding a covered area over the roof where two steel structural supports are currently standing to the owners.
When all work was complete Chuck had the area professionally cleaned and called for final building and fire inspections. This project passed inspections in stages as work was completed. The owners placed furniture and décor items as the rooms were finished and then opened the rooms for use.
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