Apr 10, 2002, 8:18 PM
Post #19 of 24
Hi Tony,<p>Since my buddy and I will be doing the electrical and plumbing ourselves, my drawings for those are pretty schematic at this point – really just enough to be sure we get sleeves in the footings and base beam for the pipes and conduits to be run later.<p>From what I have seen, the builders here are accustomed to pretty sketchy drawings. In fact our guys expressed surprise at the amount of detail I put into the masonry plans. I learned a long time ago that the surest way to get something built your way is to be very clear about what you want – no guess work.<p>As for your project. It may be enough to just show where you want switches, outlets and ceiling lights/fans. Likewise for plumbing – show locations for the sink, stove, wash basin, shower, toilet, water heater, etc. Don’t forget power and water for the patio. <p>Unless you make it clear to the electrician that you want more than two circuits, that’s all you are likely to get. If you plan to have A/C, electric heaters, water pump and/or microwave, the usual 2-circuit house will not be good enough. In the case of the house I am building, I will have each room on a separate circuit. That’s unheard of in Mexico, but I think it is a good long-range plan. I expect this house to remain in use for 100 years, so I’d like to provide as much as I can for the future. For example, I’m running co-ax and telephone wiring into each room even though there are no computers in the families now, but surely there will be later.
Are you going to oversee the project? Hire the workers? Be there to buy materials and check in deliveries? Take care of payroll and withholdings for taxes and social security? My buddy and I are doing all these things, but if you don’t feel comfortable with that level of participation, you may want to consider hiring a contractor to do the job. You can still produce the plans and be there to watch like a hawk to be sure the contractor is building according to your plans rather than his own ideas. Be aware, that is a common problem in Mexico because so many people turn everything over to the contractor – “Build me a two-bedroom house on this lot.”<p>Feel free to e-mail me directly if you want to get into more details.<p>Rolly