Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Friday Walk-Through

Spoke with our PM today and asked if we could do a walk-through on Friday and he's more than happy to have us come by.  He said they'll be sanding the walls in the morning, and finishing up the siding by then.  Still can't believe how fast it's moving.  It's hard to believe they'll still need another 4 weeks to finish it completely.  I'll be sure to bring the camera to get some more updated pics.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The siding of the house has officially begun.  I didn't have my camera with me, but was able to grab this shot with my phone...

Pre-Settlement Date

Our PM called this morning with our pre-settlement date which will be 4/29.  He said our closing is typically 2 days after, and since 4/29 is a Friday, that means we are most likely looking at 5/2 for closing which is right about where we were told it would be initially.  The good thing about our closing date being so early in the month is I believe our first mortgage payment won't be due until 7/1, but I could be wrong about that. 

I plan on doing a drive-by soon since the siding was supposed to be delivered today.  They probably haven't started it yet, but I'm going to check anyway.  I also would love to see the inside once the drywall is up (which should be complete by this Friday).  Has anyone requested a walk-through with their PM prior to your pre-settlement?  I don't want to annoy them, but since I can't get in anymore on my own, I can't imagine waiting until pre-settlement to see the progress they are making on the inside.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Exterior Pictures

This is the best I could do since I can no longer get inside.  These are the first pictures I was able to take of the back so far.  Can't wait until we put the deck in place off of the morning room.

Once the yard is graded and top soil is added, the egress window will be less noticable from the outside

A view from the other side of the street.  Our neighbors' siding is complete, we narrowed it down to khaki and gray initially, and since they got to choose first and went with gray, it made our choice easy.

Friday, March 25, 2011

They locked me out!

No more late night excursions.  I went over to the house tonight to take a peek, and the garage door is on, as well as the service entry door.  The front door has also had its doorknob put on, so I am no longer able to get in and poke around.  The downside of progress I suppose...

The PM called today and stated that the insulation is done, as well as the required inspections.  The couple of electrical errors/oversights have been corrected.  The drywall has been delivered and they will begin that tomorrow and finish it up sometime next week.  The basement and garage floors have been poured, and the siding will be delivered on Tuesday, so they will begin that next week as well.  By next Friday he should also be able to pin down the target date for completion, which should be somewhere around 5/1.  I'll add a few pictures tomorrow that I was able to take tonight.  I was hoping to get some more of the inside, but obviously that didn't happen.  I did walk through the mud to grab some of the back of the house.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Few Missed Items, Wasted Space and a Suggestion

We had our meeting yesterday, getting our first "formal" walk through, and confirming where exactly we'd like our cable/phone hook-ups to be within the house.  Everything went great, outside of a couple of small details we had requested that had been missed.  For example, we had asked beforehand that one of the switches in the diningroom be moved to the other side of the doorway which wasn't, and the extra outlet we had asked be installed out front was being put in the wrong spot.  Our PM was going to contact the electrician about those couple of small items.

The plumbing is done, the electrical is run throughout the entire house, the only piece remaining there is to connect the wiring to the panel itself.  That will be done within the next day or so, and then the inspectors come in to do their thing.  The garage floor and basement are going to be poured soon (might have even happened today). Once the inspectors come, they'll insulate this week, and drywall begins on Monday.  As it stands now, they actually are a couple of days ahead of schedule (looking right around 5/1 at this point).

We had noticed some seemingly wasted space upstairs in between the two bedrooms where the cold air returns run into each of the rooms respectively.  It's hard to explain without having taken a picture, but it's an area the size of a linen closet (maybe 5 feet wide) in between the two closets that the ducts for the cold air return sit on the floor of.  Everything above it, up to the ceiling, is wasted and unused space.  It was explained to us that this floor plan of the Ravenna, which is a more popular model down south, utilized this area to house all the duct work for the furnace, pipes for the water heater, etc.  I guess everyone down there keeps that stuff in the attic as opposed to a basement like us northerners.  You learn something new everyday I suppose.  I wish they could simply frame out the unused portion and expand our closets a bit, but they aren't allowed to deviate from the blueprints.  Perhaps it will be a project for me many years down the road...

Lastly, if there is anyone out there who is considering building and plans on finishing their basement after the fact, I strongly recommend taking the time to try and make sure that all of your mechanicals, if possible, are together on one side.  I took a lot of time with our PM at the pre-construction meeting trying to figure out what portion we'd eventually be finishing, and making sure our furnace, sump pump, electrical panel, and water heater were all together in what will be our storage area.  Luckily, based on where the electrical was coming into the house and where the the furnace was, everything else was able to fall into place.  When we walked through the basement yesterday, it was nice to see that there was absolutely nothing we would need to hide or work around when finishing off the basement.

That's it for now, hopefully I'll have more updates soon including some new pictures.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pre-Drywall Meeting

We got a call over the weekend and our pre-drywall meeting is scheduled for today.  This is the part where we have to pretend that we are seeing the inside of the house for the first time.  I'm not entirely sure of the purpose of this meeting other than making sure everything looks like it's in the right place before the drywall and insulation get put in and to give us our first formal look inside, right?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lots of Progress and Pics

Took the wife and kids over to the house tonight for their first walk through.  I know we aren't supposed to be snooping around yet, but what can they expect?  Things are coming along nicely, it looks like all the duct work and plumbing are done.  They also started the electrical today and it appears they made a lot of progress with that.  The fans are in the bathrooms as well as the canisters for the lights, and many of the boxes for the switches and plugs have been run.  The shingles on the roof were half way done as of Tuesday, I would have expected them to have finished it by today, especially since it was over 60 degrees here in NY, but for some reason the other half is still unfinished.  Hopefully it'll get done before any more rain passes through.  Here are some pictures, I can't get any of the back as of yet because it's way too muddy from all of the melted snow.

                                                 Isn't she glorious?   

                                               Finish the roof already!

                           View from the kitchen into the morning room

                           Looking into the familyroom from the kitchen

 Where our kitchen and morning room will be, 1st floor office is beyond that

                                    Upstairs, 2nd bath (kids bathroom)

                                                    Master Suite

            Master bath - shower, toilet and walk-in closet are to the right

   The Dynamic Duo, Marisa and Noah, trying to lay claim to the same room

Monday, March 14, 2011

Couldn't Help Myself

I was making trips to our storage unit yesterday (Sunday) and assumed the workers wouldn't be on the job so I took a trip over to the house.  Sure enough, no one was there so I was able to get inside for the first time and take a look around.  Although we don't have a roof yet, I was able to walk the entirely framed out first and second floors.  It was nice to be able to visualize the layout, as I had mentioned before that the floorplan is the mirror image of the model we walked and I was having difficulty picturing it in my mind.  It also provided for me an idea of how big our yard will be and just how large the house really is.  I don't have any pictures since I wasn't really planning on going over, but hopefully I'll be able to get some up soon.  Our pre-drywall meeting should be right around the corner I assume.  I also believe our roof should be up within the next day or so.

By the way, does anyone know of another blogger who is building a Ravenna?  I haven't come across one, but was wondering if I had happened to miss any. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

When a Lot Becomes a House

Swung by the lot today, and needless to say, they've made quite a bit of progress.  We also got a bit of good news this past week as our projected closing date was moved from 5/4 to 4/27.  We haven't had a chance to walk inside yet, but looking forward to doing so soon.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Lumber Has Arrived

Everything has gone exactly as we were told it would thus far.  They waterproofed the foundation and got the sign off from the inspector early this week.  Then they backfilled and partially graded the dirt around the house, and the lumber was delivered Thursday.  I received a call from our PM this morning and he said framing will start tomorrow (Saturday).  Everything is moving according to schedule, and by this time next week the house will be almost completely framed out.  The pictures of the lot are about to look really different, really soon.  I suppose at that point I'll stop calling it a lot and call it a house...

                                         Lumber, windows, door, etc.

View from the backyard looking at the back of the house

Temporary driveway