Thursday, December 4, 2014

Inspection and Orientation done

This won't be a long winded post because I am damn tired. Orientation went from 10-1. Our inspection from about 1-3. Then from 3-4:30 worked with our PM to resolve issues. 

To begin with, we really believe our house is beautiful. In brief I would say this is how I would rate the different facets of the house on a scale of 1-10. 

Layout: 10
Trim work: 9
Brick Masons for front: 9
Hardwood Installer: 10
Tile setter: 10
Drywallers: 7
Siding installers: 6
Painters: ceilings 10 but walls 7
Carpet: 9
I still feel like the eye for the smaller details was lacking in some spots, such as the shutters. 

Home Orientation: Nothing earth shattering here. Basically went over the function and operation of the house. 

Independent Inspector. Again, I can't repeat enough, GET ONE! We are very detail driven people with a lot of house knowledge, but there is simply too much stuff going on in your own life to catch every single thing and know every code. Overall, 98% of the house was great, but there were issues. This is what the Inspector found and the resolution. 

1. Run the shower for a long time. A leak was discovered from where the glass meets the top of the tile. Ryan must not have done this. PM is having this fixed tomorrow. 

2. I didn't take a picture but my Inspector did. The window well in the basement, you know, the metal "U" with the egress ladder. One side was pulling out of the foundation. The PM will have to have it dug out around and rebolted with extra bolts. This will get fixed tomorrow.

3. Some loose pieces of siding. The PM had a crew take care of this right away. 

4. General nicks and scratches in the floor. The PM touched up. I really wish they would leave the floors covered until the end. This appears to be damage caused by other trades. Much like a new car, let ME be the one to put the first scratches or dings into it. I know hardwood will show wear, but that's for our family to do. Overall it looks great, but not the point. 

5. Now the one that ticks us off there is a cabinet to the right of the stove completely out of whack. It's two base cabinets side by side. The side closest to the wall ran up to a bad stud, and instead of correcting this, the 2nd cabinet  "hinged" out about 3/4 of an inch. So basically first cabinet is fine, 2nd is flaired out. 

Here's the reveal by the stove
Here's the reveal by the wall, see the issue?
Here's top down, don't see the drawer
The bad side, see the drawer. 

So we already had our 3rd party granite measured and ready to go into production. Here's about the only sore part I have had with the PM, turns out he knew this was done! He knew the cabinet was kicking out, but then after he knew we had the granite measured, he said he didn't want to say anything about it because he thought that might screw up the granite. Now that's BS. You tell the homeowner there's an issue and you let me decide how to proceed with my outside contractor. There's more to the story but I'm not going to fully go into it. I called the granite company, told them the situation, and from the measurements he did, he said it will be fine to have this cabinet be corrected without a remeasure. A problem should never be kept from the homeowner. Let the homeowner decide how to proceed. 

6. Dishwasher has a leaking gasket that Ryan didn't catch. A GE tech is coming out Tuesday. 

7. One window in the morning room would not properly latch. This will be corrected in the next week. The window functions, but is not acceptable. 

Now to the GOOD stuff. We really do love it. It feels very much like home already. So here's a variety of pictures. 
Upstairs hall bath

Forgot to take anymore of the master bath! Lol. Also we are getting rid of the ugly brown register covers pronto. 


  1. I love your home! You all have it right...get the inspector if you can! So worth it. I am glad you all identified the issues and your PM is on things. You are sooooo close. Congrats again!

    1. Can't wait until Monday! I kept telling Jim we should have called to see if they would let us close today. Haha. Thanks Eboni!

  2. Everything looks great! I love your floors and cabinets! So nice! I'm glad things went well! Congrats!

  3. Everything looks great! I'm so happy for you both. It's good to know that you all noticed certain things and that the PM is going to get it rectified ASAP. Those floors are fabulous!!

  4. The house looks awesome! What hardwood did you select?

    1. They are Armstrong Deep Java 5". We really like them! Not too dark of a color, yet not too light. Just a real nice rich brown. No red or yellow tones.

  5. I loved seeing your progress and the photos in your blog, thank you for taking the time out of your obviously busy schedule to post them! My husband and I are hoping they will break ground on our Naples next month and looking at your selections it looks fairly similar to your's. It was especially great to see the photos of the loft with the metal spokes as we too made that selection but finding any photos or examples of it in our area has proved impossible.

    Thanks again! The McCoys

    1. Savanna,

      The waiting is the worst. I hope they break ground shortly. I'm in love with your community. Your Naples will be stunning. If you need pics of anything else please ask and I will get them to you asap!

  6. What stone did you select for the fireplace?

    1. Hi Sterling!

      It's bucks county ledge stone!

  7. Thanks. I don't believe our community offers that stone option. :-(