Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Month 4 Metrics

We have another month down in the construction phase of our new home. We're 141 days in now and some exciting things are about to happen all at once.

We had three weeks of stand by trying to get inspections lined up. One inspection held up all the others. The weather has been great, if only we weren't sitting around. We didn't have a drop of rain for two weeks!

We're currently behind on schedule, and my prediction is that we're two weeks behind. The original schedule said we would be done with insulation and drywall by May 15th. We're close, but not there.

As for budget, we're currently on track. On May 1st, I paid two big bills I didn't expect. I had to put 50% down for the garage doors and the cabinets. In my budget, I had a lump sum paid upon delivery. So those payments put us over for the month, but in the long run, we're good.

And I still have two payments to make this month that I don't have calculated; that's insulation and drywall.

Overall, we are good. I originally had us moving in to the house mid-July, and now it's looking like mid-August.

Kitchen Cabinets - Boxes Cut Out

There are a lot of things happening with the house right now. It may look as if not a whole lot is going on, but there are things behind the scenes.

I provided the update on inspections. We passed the HVAC, gas, framing and brick. This meant we could go ahead and put the remaining siding up that touched some windows and porch ceilings and we could start insulation, drywall and brick laying.

The siding guys have come and done their thing and it looks awesome! They have done such a great job. But my Tuesday got a whole lot better when my cabinet guy sent me pictures!

I REALLY REALLY like my cabinet maker. He was not my first pick either! I was going with one guy that was excellent and affordable. As you get to talking to other contractors, they ask you who you've picked for other jobs and I tell them. Our audio guy warned us about my first pick cabinet guy. He was notorious for being late which held up jobs waiting on the cabinets. I shrugged it off.

But getting together for the cabinet guy to do a walk-thru with me became difficult. He stood me up three times! Wouldn't answer my calls after our agreed to time. I then let my builder know I was going to be looking for someone else to build my cabinets.

I had been to other places and received quotes, but they were higher than my budget. It was around that time that I remembered a post card I found in the house at the construction site for a cabinet maker with a hand-written note. When I first found it, I chuckled and said I already had a cabinet guy. But I am glad I found that postcard and made the call. It has been a pleasure ever since.

The guy came out the next day; walked the layout and designed a plan. He then posted drawings for me to review. We signed a contract, I paid him 50% and they got started. He said it'd be six weeks to completion.

We are now on week two and the kitchen is cut out. I am very excited to see the progress. It's just boxes now, but they are beautiful!!

I have the most confidence that the cabinets will be ready right when we need them. They won't be the long lead item they usually are.

Monday, May 18, 2015

House Inspection Update - May

Well, we've been at a stand still for three weeks. All related to inspections.

The HVAC and gas inspection are called on by the HVAC guy, but it includes the fireplace and venting. Our fireplace was installed by someone else. They came and installed it before we had a roof, electrical, and plumbing.

The HVAC guy wouldn't schedule his inspection because he noticed things on the fireplace that wouldn't pass. He didn't want to fail his inspection so the fireplace guy and the HVAC guy were having an ego war on who was right! I was in the middle.

We were already late on getting the gas lines installed. I took credit for HVAC being complete, but the getting the gas lines installed was like pulling teeth for three weeks!

Our Foam insulation guys thought we'd be ready for them on Wednesday the 6th, and they came to prep on Tuesday. They caulked the windows and doors.

And they covered the windows and doors with plastic sheeting.

On Wednesday, they started spraying exterior walls.

However, they were stopped. We need three more inspections before they can start. This was the same day our gas inspection was to occur, so we failed because the gas line was covered up.

We uncovered it and had to get the inspector back out. They are very busy and getting them to come out is hard. We eventually passed and then we called for our framing inspection. It took him three days to come out.

Once inspections passed, the utilities company came out to run the gas line to the house.

While waiting, I was able to get metal roofing installed on Mom's porch.

We can't do the front porch metal roof yet because we need to lay brick.

We passed the brick inspection so we can lay brick now. I "ordered" the brick April 2nd, with expectation that the brick run would be made and they'd have it shipped to their yard and waiting for me to call with a delivery date. I called two weeks ago and still have no brick! When I dropped of my check last Wednesday is when I was told the company didn't have enough brick from the same run to cover my house. They would start a new run that day and we could have it delivered this week on Wednesday or Thursday. I've had the mason on hold for over a week now. I was slightly frustrated. I've been working hard to avoid this kind of a mess.

In the mean time, we had the audio guy come install wiring for speakers. Mr. JCrew REALLY wanted speakers in the house. I held off. It's not important to me. But, I broke down and did it. Now I'm glad I did. I'm envisioning the dance parties!

Since brick is coming soon, I wasn't in a hurry to do my part, but I got out there yesterday. Since our house is not on a crawlspace, but is required, we got a waiver with a stipulation. We had to install foundation vents to make it look like a crawlspace. I was fine with that. All I had to do was spray paint the block black so that when you look at the vent, you don't know you're looking straight at a block.

Oh, and this was strange to see. Some contractors leave their food behind, but someone left mulch behind. And it wasn't just a little that maybe someone had caught in their pant leg cuff. I have no clue the reasoning behind this. We aren't landscaping yet, but someone was!

This week we should see a lot of movement. Foam insulation can start back up. Drywall is being delivered. Siding is to be finished. And brick will start going up.
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