UPDATE 5: Plumbing & Electrical
Pre-Rough In Quality Checks
In the previous construction stage for this St. Louis Park addition, we framed the addition and new interior walls, which set up the later stages of the project for success. In this case, success meant checking for possible height differences that might exist because of settling within an existing foundation compared to the new systems built for the addition. By simply checking for and adjusting for height differences between the existing foundation and new floor system, we could guarantee a smooth transition between the finished flooring where the addition meets the existing home. With the prep work finalized for the future install of the finish floor and the interior wall framing completed, the team is now able to move forward with the rough-in process, mechanical install, and insulation.
Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Rough-Ins.
During the rough-in stage, we are working to get effecient systems in place for making the house livable, like installing mechanical trunk lines as well as plumbing lines and wiring for lighting according to the design documents. Rough-ins for lighting and plumbing define the location for the client’s new fixtures, such as new sinks, shower faucets, and pendant lights while also providing the right utilities for these selections to function properly.
Rough-ins For Specialty Details
The diversity of lighting, plumbing and HVAC needs in the kitchen showcase some of the unique rough-in requirements of this project. One example is the lighting for the open walnut shelving adjacent to the kitchen window. To start, we installed a metal backer rod hidden in the framing to support these 3” floating walnut shelves. Then we roughed-in the wiring for future puck lights, which will eventually rest within a hidden 1 ½” void at the underside of each shelf and provide a clean aesthetic for the naturally finished walnut. Other than plumbing for the new sink and appliances, we also used the kitchen design to hide the new mechanical trunk lines behind the kitchen cabinets, giving the room a clean appearance without usurping additional square footage.
Insulation Ready for Install
After rough-ins are completed, we can then move on to getting new insulation in place, which protects the home from temperature swings due to weather conditions at every season, especially these cold, Minnesota winters.