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Going Above and Beyond
Extraordinary effort should be the execution of good planning
Results are typically valued above all else and with good reason. Yet the value of effort shouldn’t be over looked, at least in some situations. When it comes to the construction of houses, solid design and building practices carried out by skilled tradesman should result in a well built structure. When known design parameters are abandoned, detrimental conditions can develop.
I was reminded of the importance of design and execution on a recent inspection. One entire side of the house I was inspecting had a concrete patio. A great feature that went well with the contemporary design of the house. Examining the patio area, a few things became apparent. Immediately obvious was that the exterior wood cladding was in contact with the patio surface. A condition conducive to wood decay and termite infestation. To further add insult to injury, a downspout was expelling onto the patio in close proximity to the house. Downspout 
Down in the crawl space, the aforementioned possible results of this poor practice where found to be in existence, termites and wood decay. Oddly the sill boards had been replaced with pressure treated wood, but the other lumber, some damaged, ... more

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