Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pre Construction Meeting T-8 Days???

Quick update -- Today was our pre construction meeting, which means we are officially a week from construction.   Foundation digging is scheduled to begin on the 7th or 8th of March, for an early June completion.

We met our PM Brandon for the first time and got a good feeling about him.   No major concerns or issues came up and the whole meeting went pretty smooth (but still took 2 hours).    We walked the lot with the PM, found the lot actually had been pin staked (metal pin on the property corner, saves us some money when we put in a fence).

One minor change (window placement) was required to accommodate the utility meters, but it is still in the same unfinished part of the basement, so no real gain there.  

Plot Plan

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lot Staked!

I stopped by tonight on a hunch and we got to see our house staked out for the first time.  I was just here on Tuesday, so this was a very welcome surprise.   I am pretty sure our side yard is larger than the back yard, which is interesting.  The house is a set distance from the front and side yards (30' and 15' maybe?), and not just centered on the lot, so with wide corner lots it gives you a big side.   

The mounting pole for the temporary electric was in too.   I'm guessing digging on the 5th is probably a firm date at this point.

From the front street towards the door (looking South)

Back of our lot looking North towards the Courtland under construction, Lots sold on either side  

East from the House line towards neighbor's foundation. 

Standing on curb of driveway looking into garage (East)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Start Date and Neighbor Mistake

I knew the original start date had to be optimistic.  Unless they were planning for serious issues, the house would have been done nearly a month early.

Anyway,  today I got a new date for groundbreaking from our Sales Rep --  March 5th.   That puts completion for very late May, and perfect for a Early to Mid June closing like we wanted.

In other news -- the Courtland across the street is coming along fast.  3 weeks ago they were about to dig, and last time I drove through there the roof was going on.   5 days after they poured the basement.

Our neighbor next door is under construction now also (Ravena).   Sort of a funny story about that one.  We are both on corner lots, and I drove through after work a few weeks ago and theirs was staked out.   Only it was on the wrong street (of the corner lot), so basically it was turned 90 degrees.   I thought this was sort of strange, but liked that their back yard would face our side yard.  Sucks for the people across the streets view though.

  I mentioned it to the sales rep when I called her about something, and she said there was no way it was staked out wrong.   I told her either the ravena is only about 25 feet wide in the front or it is off.       Needless to say, I was right.   I drove through a week later and it was moved.     I have been checking the County permits website to see if they were filed for our lot, and the notes on the neighbors lot are sort of funny.   Footing inspection was canceled 3 times because not only was it staked out wrong, but the plans were wrong.   They had to adjust and get them re-approved before the dig.    I wonder  at what point they would have noticed if I didn't say anything.   The plans matched the stakes -- but didn't match what the neighbor expected.   Could have been an expensive mistake.

Mistakes can obviously happen, but this is why I plan to, and will be following my construction like it is my job.