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Steven Hockstein last won the day on September 21 2018

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  1. I recorded it on my iPhone so maybe it is not compatible here. It is a recording of the Animals coming to the fence to meet me at the inspection.
  2. I haven’t been on this forum for a while. Luckily I have been very busy with my architectural and home inspection work. In my part of NJ a dog or cat and an occasional rodent is what we typically encounter. Last week i inspected a property and was greeted by a llama, 2 alpacas, and 2 goats. Thought I would share my fun meetup. E7769532-2F68-4418-A164-A1E6A72E9249.MOV
  3. Send your client a tape measure and a thank you note. Explain that measuring the condo is beyond the scope of a home inspection but you hope your small gift will assist in the solving her dilemma.
  4. I guess after the first few misses it didn't really matter.
  5. I just wanted to know what you meant by efficient design. No offense taken. Design aesthetic is subjective. I attached a few photos of other stairways we designed. An engineer designs a stairway to allow people to travel from one floor to another. Function typically trumps aesthetic. An Architect designs a stairway that does the same thing but also tries to make it a beautiful experience travel on the stairway. Meanwhile the building contractor tries to figure out how to build what the architect draws. Hopefully everyone works together to make it happen successfully.
  6. There will be hurricane ties installed along the bottom plate. The plate ring is a continuous laminated circle and cannot deform. I suspect that will be the strongest roof in town! The intersecting roof is more like a cricket and is built over the dome to divert water. It will not be seen from the ground.
  7. Not sure what you mean by an "Efficient" design. The house surpasses energy code requirements. The exterior materials are low maintenance. Worrying about window washing on a custom home is like someone buying a Range Rover and asking only about the gas mileage. The people that buy this house are not washing their own windows. They have people like us to do it for them! I could only imagine what architectural design would be like if the main concern of the design was low upkeep. PS- I drive a VW
  8. No. The house is under four million. Curved windows are too expensive. Roof will be metal. Curved wall section is mostly Azek. We laminated plywood for sheathing.
  9. This is a house under construction designed by AHM Architects. The stair tower was fun to figure out.
  10. Just received this note -- "Hi Steven, I wanted to thank you very much for the great home inspection you did. Thanks to your great report we were able to make a better decision regarding the house. Because of this and other factors, we are actually purchasing a home in Dacula, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and wanted to know if you had any inspection company that you recommend who services that area. Thanks again for doing an awesome job" Can anyone make a recommendation to share with my client?
  11. Just received this note -- "Hi Steven, I wanted to thank you very much for the great home inspection you did. Thanks to your great report we were able to make a better decision regarding the house. Because of this and other factors, we are actually purchasing a home in Dacula, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and wanted to know if you had any inspection company that you recommend who services that area. Thanks again for doing an awesome job" Can anyone make a recommendation to share with my client?
  12. I was not sure if I should post this in the HVAC or plumbing section. The good news is that they did not have to make an extra hole in the roof for the exhaust fan termination.
  13. Typically the manufacturer's published installation requirement/specifications "Trump" the code requirements. I advise my clients to follow the specifications.
  14. Maybe it is a NJ thing. This "trap" is about 5 feet deep.
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