Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How quickly things change

So after enduring a water logged weekend which caused some water to leak into the house I decided to venture out to the house this afternoon and see if any progress had been made since things came to a halt because of the rain.  To my surprise I pulled up to find a completely sided house and drywall installers inside hanging drywall!  I spoke to the drywall crew and of course inquired about the water leak.  The crew leader showed me where the leak was coming from.  It turns out its where the garage roof meets the side of the house.  The water was coming thru the flashing due to the lack of siding.  There was a minor roof issue but that was corrected this morning when a cap was installed on the roof.

Here are some exterior pictures from today.  I will be taking and posting pictures tomorrow of the drywall progress.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A leaky house and no progress

Its been nothing but frustration since our Pre-drywall meeting this past Wednesday.  Insulation was completed on Thursday along with the sewer and gas line and then mother nature hit us hard in Pittsburgh.  Thursday afternoon some sever weather moved into the area and it pretty much rained off and on until Saturday evening.  The down pours were severe with over 4 inches coming down in the township were building in.  It was discovered during Thursday afternoons storm that there is a leak somewhere in our roof or exterior wall of our house.  The northwest corner of our house which would be the garage , family room, and master bedroom all had puddles of water in them.  Of course insulation began to fall off the walls and some of the drywall that was stockpiled in our house got wet,  The schedule was for the installation of the siding to begin however looks the poor weather prevented that.  Drywall was also supposed to begin but now that the interior walls and insulation have gotten wet in the above mentioned areas along with stacks of drywall no drywalling was done.  PM said that he placed a call to the roofers for them to return and find the source of the leak but as of yesterday that does not appear to have happened.  We got pounded again with rain yesterday.  I went to check on the house and to my dismay more water had gotten into the house from the leak and from broken windows resulting in more insulation coming down and water getting into the mudroom as well.  I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow when the PM returns.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Insulation and drywall prep

The insulators were insulating the house during our pre-drywall meeting yesterday.  I drove over to the house last night to see how it looked.  Almost all of our "fixes" that were identified at pre-drywall were corrected yesterday afternoon.  Hats off to both my Project managers they make things happen almost immediately.  That makes me very happy.  Yesterdays progress includes installation of 2 grounding rods and ground wire, installation of the electrical box, installation of all wiring for included and extra outdoor outlets, and of course the insulation.  I'm glad to read that some of my fellow bloggers who also attended pre-drywall meetings yesterday were happy with the progress of their homes.  Here are some insulation pics:

Lisa's office

Living room

Insulation in the ceiling just below the attic furnace

Family room

Kitchen and Morning room

Electrical box

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pre-Drywall Complete!!

Had our Pre-Drywall meeting today at 10AM.  The meeting was fantastic!  The PM and his assistant who I believe will be taking over our community down the road were very organized and informative. As I mentioned yesterday we came prepared with a large list of questions and concerns.  Our realestate agent came as well.  The PM manager pretty much had most of the items that we had noticed already noted, ordered, or corrected.  We did discover a few mistakes together which he planned to have addressed today or tomorrow.  Nothing major just some items like misplaced Guardian keypad, water line not tacked to the basement ceiling correctly.  The biggest issue was that the electrician forgot to wire several outdoor outlets that we had requested.  PM thinks we should settle on our house in early September!  That would be great since Lisa is due at the end of September / 1st week of October.   Insulators were insulating the upstairs as we were meeting and they expect to begin hanging drywall by the end of the week.

Gearing up for Pre-Drywall Tomorrow

We have our pre-drywall meeting tomorrow at 10AM.  So we went out the house this evening and walked through and took lots of pictures and notes so were prepared.  Here are some of what we noticed.

1.  Holes in the peaks of the roof..some have been patched and others have not.
2. We have broken windows in just about every room...some have the word "ordered" written on them  
    with a grease pencil and others do not.

3. Steps leading into the mudroom we only have two and it appears that we will need three.
4. Water line for my Espresso machine appears to have been mounted to high
5.  Kitchen exhaust fan pathway to exterior of the house is not present has is called for in blueprint
6. Door opening for study has been labeled by PM with green paint that it is incorrect for french doors
    need to confirm if that has been corrected.

7.  Door into mudroom was damaged at the bottom.

8.  Need to request additional blocking

9.  Incorrect placement of extra guardian keypad in the master bedroom. ...its located on the other side
     of the room and not where it was marked by the Guardian rep.

10.  We had requested and received a floor outlet in the study...it was there yesterday and is gone today
       and the hole for the wire has been sealed up??

11.  Jack posts in basement are sitting in gravel...will they be cemented in?

12.  Toilet placement in basement bath appears way to close to bathtub.

13.  Exterior house wrap is torn in several places

14.  No wiring for lamp or outlet outside of walkout door,  we had placed two outlets on either side of
       the front door on the schematic and no wiring is in place for either.  We also added extra exterior
       outlets on both sides of the house and the rear of the house and no wiring is in place for any of

15.  As I mentioned yesterday I submitted an email several weeks back with some electrical and
       plumbing requests including an extra kitchen island outlet (Thank You Sgt Rich)  and it appears
      most have been accommodated just not sure of light switch placement...need to confirm that tomorrow during the meeting.

I'm sure that we will notice more tomorrow during our walk through with the PM.  I must say from what I have seen so far things look pretty good.  My mind is racing I have lots of questions for tomorrow  lot clearing questions, plumbing, electrical you name it.  My advice is take lots of notes and go see your house a day or two before drywall meeting if possible and take some time to walk around note mistakes or things you think are mistaken.  It can't hurt to ask even if its a stupid question.  I think I'm ready for the meeting!!

Here are a few of today's pics: