Building Process Video 29
Here is the 29th Video in our ongoing Building Process Video Series. We continue construction of the Las Vegas custom home project. Fireplaces are installed after framing is completed and before gas lines have been placed. In most jurisdictions, gas fireplaces are becoming the standard. Some areas do not allow wood burning fireplaces to be installed in new homes. This is for a variety of reasons but primarily because of environmental concerns.
The fireplaces we are installing on this home are premanufactured gas units that include switch light ignition and fans. Each unit is a different size. The great room has a very large unit while the office/library has a smaller corner fireplace unit as does the master bedroom. There are two outdoor fireplaces, one on the upstairs deck and one downstairs on the back patio. Some of the fireplace units are direct vent- they have a vent out of the wall rather than a flue and chimney.
Remember that if a flue and chimney are needed, it may impact the roofer's ability to properly dry-in the roof. You may be required to schedule fireplace installation prior to that dry-in. Discuss this with your carpenter, roofing contractor and your fireplace supplier. While a framing contractor is normally qualified to do fireplace installation, I suggest using a contractor that is on the supplier's preferred list or the supplier's own installers. This reduces the chance that down the line there will be a conflict between contractors and the supplier/manufacturer should there be an issue with your fireplace.
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We will be continuing our Building Process Video Series for the next several months. The typical residential project takes 4-6 months, however, our Las Vegas Project is a 10,000 square foot custom home. It will take a total of 12 months to complete. While it may not be exactly what most owner builders are undertaking, it will demonstrate the building process that is common to all projects.
Remember, these videos are brief and fairly general. They are meant to familiarize owner builders with the building process. There is a lot of additional education and experience that an owner builder should seek out before starting their own project. As they say, knowledge is power.
Our goal is to show owner builders that a complicated, enormous custom home is built the in same way, using the same contractors, subcontractors, steps and materials, as the smaller, "simpler" projects that most of us plan to build. Of course, there will be unique challenges that may not apply to an individual's owner builder experience. They will, however, hopefully address another's issues.
I hope the videos are enjoyable and informative. I am still learning how to shoot and edit video. As time goes on, I will probably go back and re-edit some of the videos I have already done.
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