Last week we met with our construction supervisor and new home consultant. We wanted to meet on site to discuss the placement of our driveway and some concerns we had regarding the grading process.
Prior to meeting, we sent an email as a reminder that we paid extra to have a basement and were told there was an added cost in this contract line item to cover trucking in fill dirt (to build up the driveway, parking pad, and around the front and sides of the home). In our on site discussion, we pointed out the fact that the layer of topsoil from our lot had been scraped away by the grader and used to back fill for these things instead. Because of this, our lot was stripped down to the red layer of clay. We explained that this of course will cause issues in the landscaping portion of the build process, as the compacted clay soil is not ideal for growing grass by seed. Ultimately, we requested that the builder consider using topsoil instead of fill dirt to replace what the grader moved. They agreed and assured us that the building supervisor would schedule another on site meeting to discuss these details with the proper parties.
Earlier this week, we made one of our daily lunch visits to the construction site and noticed that the power had been ran from the electrical box out front to the utility meter on the side of our home. We also noticed something we had originally overlooked in the excitement of seeing our cabinets installed: wiring for the vent fan and under cabinet lighting that needs to be re-routed.
We sent a quick message to our contact and she assured us this would be addressed. She also made us aware that the countertop company had been out to the site to create templates, and suggested we schedule a time to lay out how we wanted these cut from our slab. So, we coordinated a time with East Coast Granite and did just that. Here are some pictures of the process:
Another update, this one we are probably the most excited about, a big portion of our flooring was installed! All that’s left is the carpet and hardwood stair treads leading up to the second level.
Finally, the update we are probably the least excited about… In an effort not to be redundant, I’ll just let the photos and their captions do the explaining:
With three weeks left until the one year anniversary of signing our contract, we are getting down to the wire of the 8-12 month build time quoted to us.
Here are the items still left to complete:
- Final Plumbing hookup, toilets, sinks –> Plumber was scheduled Feb 22nd, but was a no show
- Power on HVAC –> Scheduled for Feb 25th
- Lighting, fan installation –> Delivery Feb 25th and installation Feb 26th
- Kitchen countertop installation –> Scheduled for Feb 26th
- Final Electrical hookup, light switches, electrical box covers, reroute electrical for vent fan, under cabinet wiring – TBD
- Carpet, hardwood stair tread installation – TBD
- Poured concrete for the driveway, patio, parking pad, sidewalk to front entryway – TBD
- Appliance delivery, installation – TBD
- Deck, sun room – TBD
- Stone accents in front of house, around fireplace, install fireplace cap – TBD
- Garage door, mailbox installation – TBD
- Gutters, downspouts, extend drainage pipes around basement of house – TBD
- Internal paint and trim touch up, clean up – TBD
- Septic tank installation – TBD
- Final grading, landscaping, irrigation installation – TBD
- Power wash exterior, second coat of paint – TBD
Punch list items:
- Replace spray foam over sprayed roof shingles
- Repair damaged brickwork
- Replace damaged window trim
- Replace damaged island trim