A very busy time in the building process resulted in this delayed update. We must start with a shout out for our PM for doing a great job and addressing our concerns to the best of his abilities. Sometimes the man is nothing short of a miracle worker, especially considering how many homes Ryan has him building.
have to say that everybody who commented on the previous post gets an
A+++ for reading. I honestly expected many people to be flipping through
blog posts and looking at pictures, but it seems everyone who read
passed my little reading test. Ha! How about that!
reached out to our PM after the last post and setup a meeting at the
house to go over a few things. We met for a couple of hours in the
morning and went over all concerns and marked several spots with the
deadly duo of mighty black marker and spectacular green spray paint. Our
communication issue was simply the result of our preference to use
email to leave no room for misunderstanding, and his dependence on phone
calls as the preferred communication method. He has a Blackberry and
with over a hundred phone calls a day, emails get pushed way down so he
doesn't see them until much later when using a computer. So if we need
something, call, very simple and straight forward..
for the Radon concerns we received a call from our SR's manager who
basically said that Ryan Homes doesn't offer any Radon mitigation
options as they don't want to be liable for it or its maintenance or
success or failure to address any Radon that maybe present in a home.
Thus, the general blanket disclosure that RH is not responsible for any
naturally occurring substances, gases, or materials. The manager said
that providing such options would imply assuming responsibility for its
presence or consequences, and of a particular concern are possible health issues...
understand that this makes sense for RH from a business and liability
perspective, but as a personal concern we don't accept that they don't
allow us to install a pipe in the gravel before the basement floor is
poured just in case.. It doesn't have to be called a Radon mitigation
pipe, it's just a pipe the owner wanted for whatever reason.. But that
ship has sailed on.. At least we have the internal PVC chase we paid for
in the dead space. The chase can be used for Radon mitigation if
needed. We hope we never need it..
We are also keeping an eye on
water on the basement floor possibly entering from rear wall of the
family room where water has pooled due to a spectacular amount of rain..
Our PM said that the water is the result of the GFI tripping and sump
pump stopping which resulted in water overflowing into the floor. But he
said we can keep an eye for the next couple of weeks to see if there is
any more water, which he is confident will not happen.
and Electrical are done. Basement has a concrete floor now and so does
the garage. Insulation is done. Savvy readers familiar with the process may realize an "Aha! Moment" here. Drywall is stocked in the house and ready to be installed perhaps 7/9. Siding was finished on 7/8 and it looks
great. The brick for the front of the house has been in progress for
over a week but only the garage and bonus bedroom are done.. the rain is
not helping much. When I asked the brick layers if they'll finish
today, he gave me an exhausted you-must-be-crazy-look and said, "My
friend. It's a big house! Maybe next week."
the reason for this post is to say we had a posthaste predrywall
meeting on 7/3. It came out of the blue as we were expecting much later.
We spent about two hours going over the house and pointed out a few
minor things. Mr. PM is very good and that's the truth, most of what we
pointed was stuff that the trades missed even though it was clearly
communicated to them.. But should be addressed before drywall.
reason for the lack of posts was waiting for something major to to
post.. Perhaps that brick front, which will in a few minutes be on day 9
now. We selected Cagles Mill - Queen, but by God it looks dark velvet
red, like red red wine.. Much redder than we expected. We will like it
whatever it is, but this just goes to confirm the common knowledge that
what you see in the RH design center is never identical to what you end
up getting. We shall see in a couple days.. or more, "My friend, it's a