Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Preconstruction meeting

We had our precon meeting today - our lot was finally staked and we got to see the land survey and the dimensions and easements. The meeting went well - our pm seems good and easy to work with. We went over all our choices and there were a couple things we needed to clarify or changed -

1. The recessed lighting on the pm's list didn't match our selections
2. The flooring in the basement bathroom wasn't ordered/selected bc we did the flooring selections before we decided to add the bathroom
3. The flooring of the house diagram showed the old wood laminate before the last change order

Sounds like we will break ground in 2 weeks - can't wait.

I also talked to nvr to change my down payment amount and get them documentation of the payments I have made to Ryan so far. It seems like lots of Ryan bloggers have had bad experiences, but so far so good - I'd even go so far to say that they've been great. The level of documentation they ask for is high - but I understand why mortgage co's have to be so diligent these days

Here are some pics of my lot -the back of my lot is behind the tree line

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pre-Construction Date Scheduled and New Selections

It's been a long couple weeks of waiting, but the pre-construction date is scheduled for Wed 10/26, and ground-breaking 11/7. That's several weeks behind what we were originally told, but supposedly our delivery date hasn't changed (2/3/11 - far away).

We removed our contingency on 9/21, got an offer on our current house on 9/24 and are set to close on our current house on 11/8.

There was an issue with the permits - the Town came back and said that they would not approve our permit unless we flipped the house plan. We weren't thrilled, but knew that if we didn't agree, and picked a different lot, then it would take even longer, and at this point, we don't want to waste anymore time.

As the waiting drug on (and my impending move #1 creeps up), I started to panic and second guess my selections - mainly my kitchen cabinets. I wanted to be happy with my cabinets for a long time and wasn't sure my Andover Maple Spice selection fit the bill.

I asked if I could upgrade to the Scottsdale Maple Cognac (even though my final change date was long past), and Ryan agreed and didn't charge me any extra - which probably has something to do with the fact I was also complaining about the amount of time the permits were taking.

They also let me change the color of my laminate floors - so I am very happy with them for allowing me to do that so late.

Here's my Maple Cognac cabinets with the laminate counters and laminate floors, and the MB flooring/cabinet.