We go beyond the usual means for containing dust.
For example, during one project the only way to access the construction area was through the house. To minimize the disruption and to keep out the dirt and dust we built temporary walls to create our own access way (see pictures - A,B,C). We installed drywall, taped the seams to seal out the dust and installed doors with keyed locks for added security. Additionally, we sealed all of the recessed lights (with the power disconnected) below the work area to minimize dust falling through the fixtures from above (A).
While this may seem like a lot of effort, it saved us from having to do an extensive clean up every day throughout the 6 month project. Our client was delighted that their family could live in a virtually dust free house during such an extensive project.
While not every house and every job is suited for these particular dust control measures, we will evaluate each job and put together a dust control plan. The best method is to completely separate the work area from the living areas which can be accomplished by putting up temporary walls (C). On projects that require work in many areas of the house it becomes more difficult. These type of projects require daily setup and breakdown of the dust containment systems as well as a thorough cleaning. Many contractors do not take this into account when pricing a job. The end result is a dissatisfied customer. Our goal is to minimize the inconvenience to our clients throughout the renovation process.
Another problem we sometimes face is getting the material to the work area. By removing a window or cutting a temporary access door in the side of the house, we can bring in materials without having to carry them through living space (D,E).
To us the outside of the house is just as important.
We all have noticed renovation jobs with overflowing dumpsters in the driveway and debris blowing around the yard. You will never see those conditions on our projects, we have too much respect for our clients and their neighbors to let that happen.
In most cases, demolition debris are carted away the day they are generated (F). Waste generated on a daily basis is loaded into a job site trailer or small container for disposal. We avoid using large dumpsters because we have less control over their placement and pick up.
When an addition involves foundation work, disruption of the yard is inevitable, however, we plan the job to avoid as much damage to the landscaping as possible. We lay down plywood to protect the lawn and install silt fence to prevent soil erosion and runoff into neighboring yards.
Sometimes existing conditions create the need for a unique approach.
Occasionally it’s difficult to get material where it is needed. The site conditions on one of our projects in Ridgewood, NJ would have required us to hand carry all of the lumber around the house. This would have meant hundreds of trips back and forth, through a tight side yard and over a well manicured lawn. To solve this problem a crane was brought in (G,H) to lift all the lumber over the house and set it down right where it was needed. All of the lumber was moved in less then two hours, saving the lawn and the many man–hours it would have taken to carry the lumber by hand.
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