Everything was going pretty good until we got to the discussion of a few parts he promised he would make changes on during a our pre construction meeting. All that talk we got about wiggle room with outlets was basically bull. He will not raise one outlet in the exercise room to eye level, he will not pull the outlet from the bedroom into the walk in closet and I didn't even bother to ask about the outlet on the tray ceiling. In addition our plans to build a wet bar on our own, may be a little tougher than when we were originally told. We asked repeatedly- how easy will it be to get a water source from the 3 piece plumbing to the space under the morning room? Oh- real easy. So Easy, Very Easy. Today we got "That may not be so easy." WTF? Well why didn't you say that in the beginning? He did offer a suggestion: we could take the plumbing through the ceiling over to the 3 piece rough in plumbing and have a separate unit installed in the sink. Keeping that in mind I did take a pic of where that plumbing would have to run.
The other issue I am having is the amount of land taking up by the barrier needed for the trail. The trees are suppose to take up 25 feet of the property and its starts approximately 20 feet away from the home. The very back of the home is 13 feet away from part of the trail. When we decided on the lot- it was with the understanding that we would get a lot of side yard vs backyard. Now it seems like it will be a small patch of grass. Great if you don't like mowing the lawn. When I appeared irritated with the size he said he will double check to make sure he was right. Le sigh. I guess my kids will have to play mostly in the park and on the community space. Lastly- the framers will have to come back to re frame the door way to the bathroom. Apparently they placed it exactly where the 5 foot vanity is suppose to be.
While there a few contractors wandered in to measure for a couple of things- apparently as soon as my inspector is done they plan on putting in the insulation. I am guessing dry wall will be up pretty soon after that.
Our meeting with Guardian was pretty uneventful. Our rep did suggest we move our hard wire cable jack to the family room for the possibility of a smart TV. You know what that means? SHOPPING TRIP!
Question: is it customary for RH to have the plumber do a double sink plumbing job even though you pay for a single bowl sink in the hall bath? The plumber did exactly that but we are not quite sure why.
Though we are not pleased with the failure of "true communication" and promises not kept, the house seems to be coming along quite nicely. Hopefully I can use these discrepancies as a way to lower some of the closing costs by having RH foot some of the bill. I know some of you guys got them to help with closing costs and I am hoping this will work in our favor.
Now for community gossip. There are 3 homes scheduled to close in March: our Courtland Gate, a Savoy and a Ravenna. The Courtland Gate across the street from us is scheduled to break ground the 2nd week in February and there is a Bainbridge that will break ground in the next 2 weeks! In fact our PM said that starting the end of January he should be starting one new home a week until mid March. I also noticed a couple more lots sold since driving thru a little over a week ago.
PS- our PM asked if this was the first time we had been in the house. We sheepishly admitted we had been in it before and he just laughed at us. Sounds like a green light to me!