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Anyone with good advice on building a house?

Discussion in 'Questions and Answers' started by Unlucky 13, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    You're absolutely right about the domino effect. We've been dealing with it for months. And despite him insisting that we're their number one priority, I do get the feeling that other projects are taking guys away. They said a few months ago that they're building 20 houses this year, so in many ways they've been waiting to finish this or that on our house to move on to something else. We're sure that's why guys have been working weekends on ours, but things have still slowed way down.

    They did the final draw from the construction loan a couple of weeks ago, so the money's been paid. We were offered to be able to move into the house with the exterior unfinished, but my wife and I don't want to, especially with our two young girls. Its dangerous around the equipment outside, and there are a number of men there that we just don't know.

    We're going to wait until Wednesday evening and see where we stand. If it doesn't look like it'll be done by Saturday, then we'll have another conversation.
     
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  2. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Then you need to threaten to sue him. He's costing you money, mental anguish, and has been paid under a contract he is in (or should be) violation of.

    Even if you don't, that will get his attention, not just cause of the possibility of a lawsuit, but also for the hit that his reputation would take. Builder's thrive on that. Also, leave public bad reviews on his facebook, HomeAdvisor, etc...

    You can also threaten to hire ppl to finish the work and make him cover the costs. Either way, you'll have his attention. Most likely he has other builds where he's going to make more money and he's focusing his resources there.

    Sucks that ppl jerk you around on what's most likely been a lifelong dream for both you and your wife.
     
  3. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    Thats what my parents suggested when I talked to them yesterday, and what they would be doing. But.....its the polar opposite of what my style is. And the builder has been good through most of the process, and most of the delays aren't his direct fault until recently. Its been frustrating, but its not a case where we feel we've been jerked around until recently. I would really rather just have it done and not butt heads. If this week passes and its not though, we're going to insist on a face to face Monday morning and air some frustrations.
     
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  4. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    You're seriously being too nice and amicable. Give him a hard deadline and tell him no more BS. If his subs are jerking him around, that's on him, not you. He needs to step up and get this done and you need to tell him so. I'd be in his *** every other day. Not unreasonable for you to be doing the same.

    JM2C.
     
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  5. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    First, let me say I'm sorry you're going through this Lucky. This should be a stressful time, but a fun stress and not a bad stress.

    I agree with cuch here Lucky. The builder is taking advantage of your kindness. It seems as if they stretched themselves too thin and you're the nicest guy so you're getting the shaft. I wouldn't wait until Monday. I'd call him today and give him specific examples like you've given us here and tell him that you want it finished. And if it's not finished in the time you want you will find someone else to complete the work on his dime and you'll make sure to find the most expensive people around.
     
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    I have had to get tough with the last two contractors I have used. Otherwise they are always going to other sites and not finishing mine.

    In your case, if you still had the leverage of the money, I would think you could be patient. But given that they already got paid? I think you might have to get tough.
     
  7. ToddPhin

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    Sooooo your solution..... is to rape the contractor until he gives in?? :lol: Cuch doesn't mess around!
     
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  8. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    HAHA! I spoke with the contractor briefly this morning, after I politely (passive-agressively) demanded keys to the house yesterday. A lot of work was done yesterday, and more is happening today. I pushed him on a few of the lingering issues, and he swears that most of them will be taken care of in the next few days, while the only ones that won't have materials on order that will be in ASAP. Did I mention how the shower doors were 11 inches too tall, even though we have nine foot ceilings? How is that even possible?

    He also swore that we'll be able to move everything that we want into the house this weekend, which is important because we need to re-up with our storage unit by Friday if not. I'm letting his guys work today without getting in the way, and then heading over to the house to take a look around this evening.
     
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  9. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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  10. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Good for you. That said, what's "a lot of work"? Sounds like more BS. Demand a detailed daily report with hours spent per item. It's not like this is a removation where they're running into issues with a 50 y/o house. This should be cake.

    Don't go prevent. Keep blitzing.

    And no, I've never heard of shower doors being a foot over size. Someone must've wrote it down wrong. Even with 9' ceilings, you still would would have to allow for the the shower base and room at the top. Maximum height would be apprx 97", not 119". Maybe they added a foot instead of subtracting it in error, which does happen from time to time when people aren't paying attention to what they're doing.

    And free feel to let him know that you'll be handing him the bill for the storage unit Thursday evening if the house isn't ready.
     
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  11. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Lucky, you moving in tonight? 8am tomorrow? What's the status? lol...
     
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  12. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    We've been taking stuff over to store in the basement the last couple of days. Total move Saturday and Sunday for our stuff.

    But....were still crossing our fingers that the last few things get finished tomorrow. Meeting with the builder there at 630pm tomorrow night. Well see!
     
  13. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Nice. Bout damn time.

    If your builder gives you any flack buy Cash a 6 pack of PBR and tell him the builder hates God, guns, Van Halen, gold chains, and Firebirds. :shifty:
     
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  14. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Lucky, you guys all moved in? Status? Pics?

    Lol....
     
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    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    Moved in and exhausted, yes after working on it since Friday night, We've got most of our stuff put away. Sadly , I can't figure out how to link pics without a pc. No home internet at the moment. I'll put them up when I can. Working on my phone exclusively right now.
     
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    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Lucky, where ya at with those pics? lol...
     
  17. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    I'll let you know as soon as comcast feels like hooking me up, lol.

    My yard is a mudhole too. Tons of rain, and more on the way. Makes it tough to walk around and take more pics. Still putting stuff away to boot. But I promise I'll have them eventually.
     
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  18. cuchulainn

    cuchulainn Táin Bó Cúailnge Club Member

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    Lol... just giving you hard time. That said, sup with Comcast? They should've been ready to connect you a week ago.
     
  19. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    The good news is that we've been told that were defiantly able to get connected. But apparently were down the list and have to wait our turn. I'm calling tomorrow to politely pester them again.
     
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  20. danmarino

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    How's the new house, Lucky? Does it feel like home yet?

    We broke ground last week. The basement is all dug out and they will be pouring the walls starting this week.
     
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  21. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    Things are good. We've been in the house for almost four months now. For the most part, everything is really solid and exactly what we wanted. My contractor finally sent guys last week to cut a window in the basement that they had forgotten when the poured it. We'd been waiting on that for a long time. But the weather in our area has been wetter this year than almost any on record, and he's been behind in all of his jobs.

    We still have a punchlist with about a dozen things left that need to be done, but we're patient. The house is totally livable without them. My next project is going to be seeding the lawn again so that we hopefully have some real grass in the spring. But since its rained 2-4 times every week since about March, that mud makes that hard.

    Good luck with yours, and I would keep a close eye on the guys as they do the foundation to make sure that it turns out the way that you want it! Its hard to get them to alter it after the fact.
     
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  22. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Awesome. Sine the day they broke ground I've been out there over my lunch every day. lol...I asked the guys if me being there looking over their shoulder bothered them and they all said it was great and they all did the same thing when they built their houses...lol
     
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  23. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    While we were building ours, we lived next door with my in laws, so I was on site all the time too. I caught a number of things that I wouldn't have otherwise, had I visited once a week or less.
     
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    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Friends of ours built a house a few years ago. After everything was framed my buddy was walking through the house with the plans. He noticed that something looked weird between the garage in real life and the way they were drawn on the plans. Turns out that the garage was 6 FEET shorter than it was supposed to be. The contractor had to tear down half the house and change the foundation. lol....It was a HUGE screw-up.
     
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  25. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I thought about creating a new thread, but it seems Lucky's house is pretty much done, and this is the same topic. Lucky, if you want me to start a new thread just let me know.

    Anyhow, I think with what Lucky has written and what I add could potentially help someone else if/when they decide to build their own home.

    My wife and I purchased our lot a number of years ago. About 1 year ago we started the design process. The plans were finalized about 1 month ago. We would think we were finished and then we'd brainstorm and decide that something wasn't right. A year is relatively long, or so we are told, in regards to designing a house. However, I think it was a good idea for us to not only take our time on the design, but also own the lot for awhile before building. I think we had time to work through any what-ifs and (currently) there is nothing we feel like we would do differently.

    We had a cold snap here so the builders thought it would be best to hold off on the footings and foundation pours last week. They are finishing up the footings today and pouring concrete tomorrow.

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  26. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    Yeah, man. Totally cool with me! I started the thread so that I could have a conversation about the topic with others who have done the same thing, so please!

    That's one heck of a big foundation hole! And your dirt is a hell of a lot better than the orange garbage we have here, lol.
     
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  27. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Thanks dude. Yeah, this soil is nice and rich. We even have a natural spring on the back line of our property with a larger creek about 300-400 yards back further. Tons of deer and turkey. Kids are going to love it. And we've got 5 kids so a big house is kind of needed. Well, maybe not needed, but greatly appreciated. lol

    I'm about to drive out to the lot and watch them pour the footings. Should be pretty interesting.
     
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