Construction defect expert Steve Viani, P.E., was retained by a homeowner in San Francisco who had just spent more than $750,000 on a major remodel. Over a year later, it still wasn’t completed and she had to pay another contractor nearly $200,000 to complete the work to make her home habitable.
While the construction project was permitted, the contractor did not conform to normal construction standards and did not perform in a workmanlike manner. The San Francisco homeowner asked Steve to develop a claim document that included re-work and new work in the amount of $1.2 million.
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A full inspection of the residence yielded many types of construction defects, such as the lack of wall plumbness, which made it impossible to meet Level 5 drywall finish requirements. Additional construction defects could be found throughout the home. The floors required a Gyp-crete topping, and there were sewer and electrical issues that did not meet the requirement specified in the drawings. The inspection noted the height of the Gyp-crete topping caused the door frames to not fit properly.
Due to schedule issues, new contractors found numerous other construction issues which were documented by our review.
A detailed defect analysis was performed that documented problems with the work and provided a cost to repair or replace the defective work. The owner, negotiated with the contractor to obtain an equitable solution and an occupancy permit was obtained.
“Steve and I have worked together for over 20 years on a variety of projects where I manage the field work and Steve manages the client, paperwork and conformance to specifications. On numerous occasions he has successfully identified and negotiated change orders for the heavy civil work we performed. He understands the construction process and has always kept us out of trouble and profitable.“