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


  1. I'm glad they finally fixed the jack posts the proper way! I hope they don't take too long to resolve the other issues and that it doesn't push your closing back too much. Your little one is due on my birthday. =)

  2. Its coming along nicely! I'm sure they will resolve those issues quickly! Not sure why he though it was a good idea to put one switch for the fan and lights. That's weird... Love you bathroom tile by the way!

  3. Looking good! I'll never understand why people do some of the things they do, but at least your PM is taking care of everything. Don't you just wish he was paying attention in the first place? I don't think things like that would get past the PM. By final walk through he would have inspected and had it righted.

    1. I totally agree and I know the PM would have had it corrected even if I would not have noticed it.

  4. The house is looking beautiful! That thing in the closet is the cell receptor for your security system (did you get the version that connects via cell signal rather than land line?). I was also confused about this one and had to ask.

    Question for you: Do you get a fan in both the water closet (toilet room) and in the main bath area? We do not. We checked the blue prints and did ask about it, but were told that according to code they only have to install 1 fan and the toilet area is it. We were assured that it doesn't pose a huge problem -- just leave that door open -- but I'm slightly skeptical.

    1. WJ, We were Guardian Security customers with our last house. We had a landline at our hold house and will have one at the new house because Lisa works from home. We had digital cellular backup before and will have it again. This is incase someone would cut the telephone line to the house. I did not recognize the box in our closet because the security system that Guardian installs in pre existing homes is completely different from the ones that get installed in new construction. So my guess is it will connect via cell.

      According to out blueprints our bathroom is supposed to have two fans I asked the PM about this when I noticed only one fan. My PM told me according to code if there is an operable window in the bathroom or in the vicinity of it then there only required to install the fan in the toilet room. The window in our bathroom is fixed and can not open so according to him a fan will need to be installed in the area of our shower.

  5. Your house is looking great! Love all the pics!

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  7. Hope your home is finished before the baby arrives. Congrats!

    1. Were hoping so but it does seem doubtful. We have noticed that we have fallen behind in construction compared to blogging friends who were on par with us or even a little behind us at the beginning of last month. Even houses in our plan that stated construction after us have now all caught up with us. Its a little disheartening because we started this process in Feb.

    2. I'm sorry to hear about all the issues that you guys have been having with your house. We too have had some issues that I never posted about but we are still gonna close on time, at least I hope so. We only have two days and our shower stall, range and blinds were not in yet. Minor things, I know but most of the houses in our area were finished a couple of weeks ahead of closing and our home didn't even have locks on the doors, electric, water and some other things until just a few days ago. I can't get over that the your house construction has been going on for so long! It is much bigger than ours but still......we broke ground on June 20th and are due to close on the 5th. We will say a prayer that things start moving along for you guys!!

    3. Just to clarify we started this process of lot and model shopping in Feb...But we broke ground on our house on June 13