The purpose of this project is to develop a written manual and video to show homeowners the permitting process and code compliance required for most common residential housing renovations. This project will promote the student’s active learning by discovering the process that must be followed to properly execute permit-regulated construction activities, to apply the concepts learned during class and further research additional codes such as electrical and plumbing. Students will contact their local city building department for specific instructions for permits in their community. The final project outcomes, namely the written report and video will effectively help local homeowners to understand the permitting process and the basic construction requirements that fulfill the current code. This will also help them identify the contractors that are properly following city regulations and increase the value of their own property

Theme 1 – Bathroom Remodeling a bathroom, including finishes, waterproofing, new vanity, tub, toilet, etc… Updating existing bathroom to current electrical and plumbing codes. Subcontracts involved in the project, permits. (This is for a simple remodel without structural modifications. Permit and construction requirements, trades involved.

(2 each) “ so just chose two of these and do it”

Procedure Each group will:

1. Describe the scope of their project

2. Give a general overview of what homeowners shall check if they hire a contractor or subcontractor (such as license, references)

3. Describe the elements associated with the management of the project (i.e. requesting a minimum number of quotes, not paying in advance, etc..)

4. Identify the permits that are needed for their given project.

5. Determine the requirements to pursue the project as a build by owner or contracted project.

6. Determine the minimum design (such as minimum surface, windows, layout) and space requirement based on building codes.

7. Determine the plumbing / mechanical code requirements (if applies)

8. Determine the electrical code requirements (if applies) 9. Include a checklist of the main elements to verify

 
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