We are over the hump! Our pre-drywall meeting was on Tuesday and we had minimal issues. Most of our concerns were either already addressed or already noted for repair/replacement.
- No attic access panels in the bedrooms. All will be in the attic
- Garden tub - Access panel via vanity; water shutoff valve via vanity
- Floodlight switches in respective bedroom and in morning room
- No light switch for garage within the mud room
- Bottom of fireplace exterior will have soffit panel
- Flooring crew will sand down the OSB edges for a smooth subfloor
- Hole between garage and basement will be parged
- All gaps/hole to be filled (most were)
- Locations of the hose bibs
- Electrical - fix twisted and kinked wires
- Electrical - align gas fireplace switches for eyeball lights and flame
- Electrical - raise height of outlet in laundry room (as placed, would be covered by cabinets)
- Address nick in the front door (fix or replace door)
- Replace cracked OSB in dining room wall
- Roofers to return for finishing work; tuck safety wires back under shingles when done
- Install two missing motion sensors (Guardian)
- Replace wet duct line; scope remaining HVAC ducts
- Replace shingled porch roof with metal roof
- Extend closet in attic (special request granted) :)
- The master plans were just taunting me but our PM just would NOT look the other way so I could grab them and run.
- The inspectors were also busy at the house and we're hoping to hear that we've passed all inspections by the end of the week.
- Environmental Stoneworks left a package for us (Aspen field stone) -- it's a bit early but I have stone!
- The best surprise of the day was that the house was nearly dry, even the basement!
- Our water lines are not color-coded for temperature. Call me quirky but I was looking forward to seeing a bunch of red and blue running through the house.
- When we finish the basement, we'll have to work around some pipes (line for the hose bib and furnace drain)
- RH installed temporary stairs from the second floor to the
first-floor landing because the joist layout wasn't exactly right. CG
blueprints will be adjusted.
- The Courtland has 4 support posts in the basement and Courtland Gate
only has two. We received two extra (but they're being returned)
- The washer pan in the second floor laundry room drains to the basement. I don't know why it never occurred to me that we would have one, especially since the attic furnace drip pan also drains to the basement. I'll take pleasant surprises any day!
- The landscaper will sod the entire lot and plant vegetation. He'll also water the lawn for about 2 weeks (on a timer) and leave us the sprinklers and hoses. How awesome is that?
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Cool things our PM did/will do for us:
- Bedroom 4 is supposed to have an access door to the garage but it'll be a solid wall since we will have access via the attic. (Yay! no door in the middle of the wall!)
- Had our floodlights installed next to the windows so we could replace the bulbs easily.
- Had our floodlights wired so that we can turn them on/off from upstairs or downstairs.
- Extend the closet in the attic to take advantage of the closed off space.
- Placed the shutoff valves and access panels for the corner tub within the flanking vanities so we could keep a sleek tiled front
- Install oil-rubbed bronze shower surround (our community only gets stainless/nickel finish) so it will match our faucets/shower system when we swap them out later. **
- Help coordinate installation of new faucets and shower systems since we cannot get the ORB finish from RH
- Help coordinate installation of ceiling fans with the electricians since we are not purchasing them through RH
- Deal with Guardian
- Put up with my idiosyncrasies O.o
** Our PM said they use Moen shower valves in our community so if we ever wanted to replace our shower system, it'll need to be a Moen. Check with your PM for any restrictions just in case!
Our family friend, the building code official, was able to walk through the house with us. The things he found were quite minor and best of all, we received a big thumbs up! What a huge relief!!! While we knew RH would build us a wonderful home, particularly with our PM, it always is great to receive validation from an expert that we'll be getting a solid home.
Thank you, Uncle C, for coming out with us!