Thursday, August 30, 2012

Overdue Updates

Hello everyone its been a couple of weeks since I last posted on the blog.  A lot of work has been done to our house since my last post.  My last entry dealt with 5 basement jack posts that had not been cemented in prior to framing and hanging of drywall.  One of our other issues was a bowed wall behind the basement stairwell.  This wall has been designated to hang our game room TV on.  Both of these issues have been corrected but not without a little drama.  I mentioned in my last post that the jack posts was a big concern for us.  About two weeks ago the PM sent me text saying that the jack posts had been cemented in but the bowed basement wall they were behind had not yet been torn down and replaced.  I found this odd because I don't know how anyone could correctly cement these posts in by just reaching under the baseboard.  A hole had been cut into the bowed wall to see what was causing the wall to bow.  Lisa was able to get her IPhone into this opening and take some pictures of the jack posts behind the drywall and to our surprise they were not cemented in.  The only portion that had been cemented was the portions that were sticking out from under the drywall and baseboard !  The following day we requested a meeting with the PM and showed him the pics.  He was surprised that someone had tried to cut a corner.  The PM also tore down the bowed wall so he could see the jack posts himself.  Our PM was very apologetic and promised that he would personally cement all the posts in himself.  I'm happy to report that he has done that and has made sure that the bowed wall was build out about 2 inches and new drywall applied.  No more bowed wall!

The utility issue has not been resolved however some progress has been made.  At least the electrical conduit to our meter socket has been laid but we still have no electric.  Sadly this will impact out proposed closing date.  We had been scheduled to close Sept 10 but now we have no idea when we will close.  This does cause us some stress because has you all know were expecting our son to be born on Oct 2 and were hoping to at least be moved in a week or two before the due date.  While were waiting for the electricity to be turned on the following items have been completed.

Ceramic tile laid in the master bathroom, laminate flooring in the mudroom, gutters hung, Guardian install completed, interior doors and trim installed, shelving installed, Humidifier installed, light fixtures installed, additional HVAC work, more grading.

Still have quite a bit of items that need completed and or corrected.  Still have no carpet or hardwood, no plumbing fixtures, no water, no natural gas, no appliances there still in boxes in the garage, at least 10 windows need replaced because there broken, dry wall repair, more painting.

Today 08/29/12...I discovered that were missing a fan in our master bathroom ceiling in the area of the shower and tub...also missing the corresponding light switch to turn that fan on and off. I found this by reading over the blueprints  and noticed it missing.  I advise everyone to check their blueprints there should be a copy in the house during construction or go to the model and ask the sale rep to let you look at them.  I also discovered today that our full basement bathroom only has one light switch to activate the vanity lights, shower light, and the exhaust fan.  There are supposed to be two switches one for the lights and one for the fan.  I asked the PM to look into it and he did .  The electrician told him that he ran out of twin junction boxes when he was wiring the house so he used a single box and switch.  Who does that!! Why not ask the PM for more of the correct items that you need ?  Why not at least tell someone?  This is the stuff that gets under my skin!  Were paying a lot of money for this house and sometimes feel that were not getting everything were paying for!

I do have a question to ask you guys out there with two furnaces.  Did anyone of you that has two furnaces purchase a humidifier? If you so did they install one on the attic furnace?  At the time that you choose that option were you told that your house came with two furnaces?  Or told that you could purchase an additional humidifier? I ask because we purchased one however at the time we choose our options I had no idea that our house came with two furnaces.  I now noticed on the option sheet that it appears that you can purchase more than one humidifier.  I've done some research on whether you need to have one for each furnace and I'm seeing a lot of literature on this subject for and against two humidifiers.  I'm not even sure if its proper to have two ...being that the attic isn't heated and a water line is required for the unit and I would think that there is the potential for a water line in an attic to freeze and burst.

Here are some pics

Master bathroom shower


tile around master bath soaking tub

master bath floor tile

room for a shower seat but since we choose alternate master bath you dont get a shower seat...would have gotten a seat had we stuck with an oval tub...strange but nothing I can do about it.

painting of the mantel

some painted baseboard






concrete stoop

duct work covering and vents installed

painted kitchen pantry door

Lisa's office doors and casing painted

one of two thermostats

one of the bathroom exhaust fans

cold air return outside of the master bedroom along with a recess light

heating duct in the upstairs hallways ceiling

double door closet in Giuseppe's future nursery


doors leading to our master bedroom

water closet door in master bathroom


rear basement stair case wall replaced because the first one was bowed.

side shot of the new basement wall

one of two AC condensers

photo of both units


more grading to the back yard



shelving and outlets in the mudroom


Guardian panel inside the mudroom

bathroom fixture

bathroom fixture

motion sensor







Not sure what this is ...located in master walk in closet...I know Guardian installed it

upstairs hallway bathroom




The lovely Lisa showcasing the house

electrical conduit laid...still waiting for the electric lines

walkway poured





light fixtures in the master bath



Deer in our backyard


dining room light fixture

Foyer light fixture



electrical conduit buried

garage lights installed

front door lights and outlets installed


One of the garage coach lights