9223 Amber Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
dalrymplem@gmail.com
(225) 806-1406
Louisiana Contractors License Numbers:
Residential-88665 Commercial-47782

Processes

Our Process

Design

DO YOU NEED A DRAFTSMAN OR AN ARCHITECT?

An architect's main function is to design and oversee the entire project from inception to completion, with a strong a focus on function of all components within the structure as well as the aesthetic details of the facade and the layout of the rooms within. Most Architects visit their projects with some frequency as the construction progresses and verify that the project is being built in accordance with the plans and specifications. A draftsperson's job is mainly to create 2d and/or 3d illustrations and get your ideas on paper, to scale and they are typically not involved with the project after construction begins. If you are looking to construct a custom house or you want to do a residential addition or remodel, a good draftsman is typically sufficient. If you’re going to be performing renovations on a historical home and you intend to maintain or restore the design elements that were originally incorporated, you'll probably need the skills of an architect. If you’re building a commercial project, you will absolutely need a licensed architect or engineer involved with planning and oversight during the course of design and construction. Draftsmen are not as thoroughly trained in the design aspects associated with commercial structures. We will be glad to work with you to develop your project on a Design - Build basis or we can work with the plans provided by an independent professional.

Modern Plan Sets:

Back in the “good ole days”, plans were all drawn by hand, but now (as with many aspects of modern life) the computer has entered the field to allow drafting to be done more quickly and accurately. The latest Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) software can do 3D renderings and drafting which includes floor plans and elevations as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing details to meet the standards set by the International Building Code. Naturally, the more detail required by an owner or governing authority, the more time it will take for the plans to be developed which in turn adds to the cost for the plan set. Technology such as 3D renderings and modeling are extremely beneficial once you get into the construction phase but sometimes the expense outweighs the benefit on small or simple / straightforward projects. We will be glad to consult with you on an individual basis to determine the best course of action.

Zoning, Restrictions, and Ordinances:

Before you get too far along with developing plans, be sure that the project will be acceptable at the intended location and that the building footprint will fit within the property line setbacks required by your municipality and/or deed restrictions. Also you need to be sure that your project and its intended use are allowed in its respective zoning district. If not, sometimes a waiver or exception may be issued by the local governing body, other times you’ll have to seek a different site for the project.

Fire, Water and Storm Restoration Services

Paragon Construction Group has the resources and people to put your home back together. After an event as devastating as a fire or disrupting as a simple roof leak, we will be there to service your needs. Paragon Construction Group has a long successful history of working with home owners and insurance companies. Fire damage, Water damage, Storm damage, or any other restoration need - we have the skills and experience necessary to return your property to normal.

After the storm clears, you may have obvious damage such as a downed tree or harder to see damage like hail or water damage. Restoration cannot be done by simply vacuuming up water. Significant water damage can lead to drywall damage or rotting in your structural framing. Act fast with Paragon Construction Group to decrease the amount of secondary damage from any water. Our professionals begin by ensuring that your house or business and contents are protected from additional weather damage, and that no unauthorized people can get inside. From straight line wind damage to tornado damage, Paragon Construction Group has the skills to fix your home.

Handicap accessible home modifications:

Bathroom Remodeling:

Your bathroom can be modified or redesigned for wheelchair access. Wheelchairs need a minimum 32" door for a straight in approach. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, you'll need a 36" door.
  • Doors: Door openings can typically be widened for wheelchair and walker access. We remove the existing door unit, relocate the light switch, widen the framed opening, install a new wider door unit and repair the finished flooring. A swing away door hinge is also an option and will increase the net opening by about 2".
  • Bathtubs: Tub and shower grab bars can be installed to provide support. Tub transfer seats allow persons to sit in the tub and take a bath or shower without having to lower themselves to the tub floor. Many people find it difficult to use a tub. Bath tubs can be replaced with showers.
  • We custom build ceramic tile roll-in showers using the same basic procedures as used for a shower with a curb. Prefabricated, fiberglass/acrylic roll-in shower floors can be considered. They can replace standard 5’ tub units and are available with a right or left hand drain. This makes it easier since no jack hammering is required and only minimal drain adjustment is needed. If you have extra room, these units are also available in larger sizes
  • Toilet seat height varies from one individual to another, usually between 17" to 19". Toilets can be replaced with special units or raised seats can be installed. Toilet grab bars can be installed for balance and support and to allow individuals to safely transfer from a wheelchair.
  • Sinks can be installed to allow wheel chair access. Vanity cabinets can be removed and replaced with a wall mount sink bowl or a cabinet with an open knee space beneath the sink can be installed. The exposed plumbing pipes will the be covered with insulation or boxed in to prevent contact with sharp edges or hot water pipes. Pedestal style sinks can give you a little more room to maneuver, but have little area for storage.
  • Faucets and Doorknobs can be replaced with lever style units.

Accessible Kitchens:

Under counter base cabinets can be removed to provide access to the sink or work area. A pull out or drop leaf shelf can be added for working space. Sliding shelves can be installed in lower cabinets. Electric receptacles, garbage disposal and exhaust fan switches can be moved to the front of the counter or cabinet.

Closets:

The door can be typically be widened, shelves and rods lowered or adjustable shelving installed. The light switch may be relocated and made accessible to the individuals requirement.

Environmental Control Units:

Our products make every aspect of home life accessible. Using an Environmental Control Unit has allowed even the most severely challenged individuals to get the little things we take for granted accomplished around the house, such as being free to surf the net or read a book without help. The user of an Environmental Control Unit issues instructions by spoken command or by whichever switch method he or she can most easily manage to operate a wide range of electrical devices such as lights, telephones, computers, thermostats, electric beds, televisions, VCRs etc. With our radio remote control accessory, the user can be in any room in the house or outside in the yard and remain in control. The Environmental Control Unit stays put, yet fully available to the user.

Power Access Doors:

We can install a fully automated door opening system on just about any door. The principle of it’s operation is simple. The unit will push the door open with a wheeled arm on the operator and close the door by means of a conventional door closer. This means that the door can be used in a fully manual mode as it was before, or can be used automatically.

Stair Lifts:

With a stair lift, you can go up and down stairs effortlessly, anytime you want. Battery operation is available to allow access between floors even if an electrical outage occurs.

Handicap Wheelchair Ramps:

Wheelchair ramp installation is also one of our most requested services. Ramps can sometimes pose a hazard, it's slippery when wet. Although slip resistance can be improved by painting the surface with a sand additive or applying grit strips. Outdoor carpet can be used or rolled roofing asphaltic felt can be applied to the ramp surface.

Do you need our help?

Handicap accessible home construction is one of our specialties. Our service begins with a free evaluation of your home. Contact us today to address your handicap and wheelchair accessibility needs. We can install a wide range of accessibility and safety products for your home including a full line of bathroom accessories, grab bars, railings, shower units, shower and tub seats. Custom grab bars and railings can be made to order, contact us with your specifications. We can make your life easier!

Outdoor Improvements

When it comes to your back yard oasis, our goal is to create a custom designed and built space within your budget that will enhance your lifestyle.

Remodeling your backyard is a lot like remodeling your house. We listen to what’s important to you, your family and your lifestyle. You may know exactly what you want-or you may have no idea, but you probably know how you want to use the space. We help with design alternatives, material considerations, features, budgetary considerations and the little things that make your space as unique as you are. There is no charge for your design consultation.

Your initial design consultation is free of charge. After discussing your visions for the ideal outdoor living space, we will take critical measurements and photos of the space in question and answer all of your questions about your project, about our company, about materials, schedule, and budget.

After leaving your home, we convert your visions and actual measurements into a virtual rendering of your new backyard. This rendering includes your home, elevations, and all design elements such as decks, patios, benches, planters, railing, shade structures, and maybe an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, fire pit, spa, or all of the above.

The second meeting is intended to experience your project in a virtual sense. This allows you to visualize the use of your project for entertaining, dining, relaxing, and most importantly “living”. It’s then up to you. Adjustments and changes are easy, grow it or shrink it; add elements or take them away. It’s your project!

Once you’re satisfied with the design, we obtain all necessary permits, schedule laborers and materials, manage construction and ensure the highest quality. Our mission is to design and build the project you want with the courteous professional customer service you deserve.

We would be glad to assist you with building your new project. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

Sometimes referred to as synthetic stucco, typically consist of five components: adhesive, insulation board (attached to substrate with adhesive), a base coat into which a fiberglass mesh is embedded, and a decorative finish coat in the desired color. This type of system is called a face sealed barrier EIFS and resists water penetration at its outer surface. It is not intended to drain water that gets behind it. Traditional stucco is made of cement and is different than EIFS cladding, which uses the five components listed above. Other types of "hybrid" stucco include polymer/cement base coat directly applied to a substrate, or traditional stucco with an acrylic finish coat.

How is water entering behind EIFS?

Interfaces between EIFS and dissimilar materials are a common source of water intrusion, not the EIFS lamina (base coat and finish coat). The most frequent source of water intrusion is windows. Water frequently enters the EIFS at window locations in two ways: either through the joint around the perimeter of the window or through seams and joints in the window construction itself. Large quantities of water resulting in some of the most severe damage have frequently been discovered entering behind where a roof meets and terminates at the lower edge of a wall. Other sources of water intrusion are chimneys, decks and any other penetration of the EIFS.

Architectural design, severity of weather (rainfall), exposure, and the performance and integration of other building components usually determine whether water infiltration behind the EIFS will occur. Although the likelihood of penetration through the lamina is remote, water can enter the system through cracks in the lamina. Why does water intrusion occur behind EIFS, and why is it important to discover it? Water intrusion occurs through and/or around building components such as windows, doors, gable vents, penetrations, and a variety of flashing and construction details. Water intrusion also occurs when maintenance is ignored for these components and other critical areas, such as caulk joints. It is important to discover the occurrence of water intrusion, because water can enter behind the cladding and wet unprotected sheathing, and in some cases, the wood structural members. Depending upon climate and the overall make-up of the wall assembly, the wall may not readily dry out. As water intrusion continues to occur undetected in a particular area, it can accrue to levels substantial enough to cause damage. Early detection of water intrusion is the key to minimizing damage.

The degree to which the problem may exist in your area could be influenced by local climatic conditions. The more rain, the greater the likelihood of having water intrusion problems.

Should I have my EIFS home periodically checked for elevated moisture levels?

Yes. Testing should be done at least annually. A combination of two moisture meters should be used: (1) a noninvasive meter that scans through the wall without penetrating the EIFS lamina, and (2) a probe-type meter that penetrates the EIFS lamina and gives moisture readings of materials in contact with the probes. Damage can be significant if moisture intrusion goes undetected.

Can damaged homes be repaired, and does the EIFS cladding have to be removed?

Any repair method undertaken should render the house into a serviceable condition. The performance criterion used to determine if a serviceable condition is being sustained is a moisture assessment. A serviceable condition exists when damage or excessive moisture is not detected behind the EIFS cladding. This may be true even if the EIFS manufacturer's standard specifications and construction details were not originally followed. Localized removal of EIFS may be necessary to facilitate repairs where damage is discovered. Total removal of the cladding may not be necessary.

Home owners who are deciding whether to re-clad should consider the following questions:

  • Does the substrate have prolonged excessive moisture that causes decay?
  • If water intrusion has occurred, what is the extent of damage?
  • Do the areas requiring repair represent the majority of the cladding area, or are they localized?
  • Is the cost to repair the house in excess of the cost to re-clad?

The primary objective of repair is to eliminate water intrusion. Repairs should be made where elevated moisture is detected or structural integrity of the material is impaired. Where structural damage has occurred, those areas require replacement of decayed wood products in addition to eliminating the source of water intrusion. Areas of elevated moisture in the absence of damage or decay may require no more than eliminating the source of water intrusion. It has been discovered that wet but undamaged substrate can dry out over time once the source of the water intrusion has been eliminated.

Repair methods should address leaks associated with: Roofs - Install effective kick-out flashing at roof-to-wall intersections, diverter flashing around trapped valleys, and rake flashing. Caulk Joints - Install effective caulk joints. Windows and Doors - Caulk window jamb to sill joint and joints surrounding the window or door. Sill flashing is needed below most types of windows and most windows that are mulled together. Decks - Install effective flashing. Chimneys - Install effective cap flashing, cricket flashing at trapped valley, and effective kick-out flashing for roof-rake wall intersections. Other Penetrations - Install effective caulk joint and/or flashing.

Cracks and Damaged EIFS Lamina - Repair according to manufacturer's specifications. The effectiveness of any repair is dependent upon accurate diagnosis of the source of water intrusion and the skill of the contractor making the repair. The repair is successful when elevated moisture diminishes to an acceptable level over time and does not recur in sustained elevated levels in the long term.

How should the home be maintained?

Frequent visual inspections should include thorough checking of windows, flashing and sealant/caulk. Damaged flashing should be repaired or replaced immediately. Cracks or deteriorated sealants should be repaired or removed and replaced. Periodic moisture testing would be prudent, especially for houses that were diagnosed with elevated moisture levels. Information is also available from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center at 800-898-2842, and at www.nahbrc.org.

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