I was out of town all week, so I couldn't follow the progress, which was probably good -- because there wasn't any. I guess technically there was a little progress. They prepped for the footers and laid a bunch of gravel.
...and then they ran into permit trouble. Short version of the story is that a year ago they filed similar plans on our lot but the buyer backed out. The RH tried to just file a permit extension and plan amendment (to avoid some of the permit costs I'm assuming). At our Pre-Con meeting I brought this up and was assured the permit was good to go. I knew it wasn't, but I am trying to bite my tongue on some things and not micro-manage the professionals (honestly, I'm trying, and this is hard for me). Turns out I was right.
Some of the county's comments on the permit history are funny.
3.12.12 This plan change is rather extensive, changing all sheets. This will be processed as a major plan change. The fee for a major plan change is half of the previously paid fee. We will let you know how much that is when it is ready to pick up. I need revised truss engineering and a revised energy analysis in duplicate to go with these plans.
3.16.12 Apparently the home is supposed to have brick all around but the plans call for brick front only. Submit revised revisions. Called Mellanie
3.16.12 Revised plans showing additional brick; total plan changeIn the end it cost them $550 anyway, and a week of progress. PM called me Friday morning and told me the whole deal and said they are on schedule to pour on Monday if they get the permit Friday (they did). Secretly I'm sort of happy though. One, it proved I am on top of this build and they know I am going to check and catch every little thing -- and two, I would have been out of town during framing which really bugged me, but now I will be home.
I should clarify that I do like and trust our PM so far, and don't really blame him for this one. Technically permits are his responsibility, but RH has people that handle permits and that make sure they are filed properly, and they dropped the ball on this one. You have to wonder how it is worth it though. The labor to fix this mess has to be a lot more than the $500 they were trying to save.
Does anybody know what those square's are in the basement floor? My guess on the small ones in the middle are Support Poles and the Sump Pump pit, but I'm not sure what the other one under the morning room is for. Seems about the same size as the the sump pit.
|Pano of the whole site from on top of huge dirt pile|