We blogged about the building process of our house to document it for ourselves and to help others. Our house is finished and we have moved in and we love our home. Building a house isn't a process that goes perfectly, no matter what builder you pick, and this is our story. Every problem we had during the building process has been made right by Ryan homes. This isn't complaint blog, its how we felt at the time of our post during the building process.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Week 5, Windows, Shingles on Roof, HVAC, and Plumbing

This has been another impressive week. It seems like we are about a full week ahead of schedule, which makes me very happy. This gives us time if there any problems ahead. This week they have installed the windows, shingles on the roof, HVAC, electric, low voltage, and plumbing (very busy week). Our Pre-Drywall Meeting in scheduled for next Friday, can't wait. We weren’t planning to point out any problems until our Pre-Drywall Meeting, but my husband decided to go ahead and email our PM last weekend and here are the outcomes of our problems we told him about.
  • The crooked pole in the basement was fixed on Monday of this week, looks good now 
  •  The small surface crack in the basement slab that has formed near the sump pump (he said this is not structural since it’s so fine so it won’t be fixed, I knew this answer was coming.
  • The shower seat size, it only 8 inches, we are hoping this would be 10 inches (We confirmed ourselves the plans say 8 inches)
  • One of the studs in the coat closet is broken off at the bottom (PM has now marked it to be replaced)
  • Missing window in the water closet (it's being ordered)
  • We discovered more things wrong with the new stuff from this week that we want fixed, but I will get to that later...
We were told to check in with him before going in from now on as he worried that we went with no stairs, I told my husband to say we didn’t and that we flew a drone with a camera to see everything, lol (We will email him every Thursday/Friday to confirm we are allowed to visit that weekend like he asked) I don’t mind this as long as we allowed to visit every weekend.



With our Pre-Drywall Meeting coming up next week. We have made a list of everything that still needs to be fixed before Drywall this includes the things we noticed this weekend. My family is on top of find everything wrong, after all they are experts in their fields, so hiring inspector isn't needed. However if you don't have an expert in your family to look over things I recommend hireing someone. Here is our current list:
  • Replace stud in Coat closet (now marked on be replaced)
  • Add missing window in water closet (has been ordered)
  • The drain for master bath tub is not glued (didn't look like they where finished yet as the tub wasn't in yet)
  • No studs for the frameless shower door to hook to (PM said this is on his list)
  • No framing for the mud set tile in master shower edge (marked)
  • A HVAC run is being held up by a shirt, really no joke (PM remove this when we told him, he had no idea why it was put there)
  • A HVAC run was smashed and had holes in it, this damage looks to be caused by the electricians running their wiring. (PM said this will be fixed)
  • The hole cut for the master bathroom tub seemed too close to the hot and cold water controls.
  • The plumbing running in the wall in the basement up is sticking out of the wall stubs, the whole wall needs to be shimmed out or drywall won't be straight (something is marked here)
  • There where some holes leading to the outside that need to be patched (some marked, others not)
  • A header in the basement was cut to run HVAC was replaced with a small flimsy metal brace, header needs to be replaced like it was done on the other side of the hallway where it was cut also.
  • There is random nail going into a power wire in spare bathroom upstairs. Remove unneeded nails to prevent this
  • The drain for the laundry room is braced in the ceiling of the first floor using a random spare piece of PVC pipe, should be a regular strap like the rest of the plumbing. (This wasn't the only plumbing braced incorrectly like this)
  • Light in the basement wasn't put up since there was no space
  • We want to confirm the grading of the backyard to make sure we don't end up with a swamp. 
  • Vents run in attic were pitched a too much with the straps, need to be adjusted
  • Wasps nest in garage needs to be removed
  • Faucet being brush nickel, as there was a mistake on MSS, confirm in-person with our old SR (we have a new SR)
  • There were other things we noticed but looks like my PM already marked to fix. 
  • We will be asking to move a low voltage line for the master bedroom TV cable next to the outlet (we have a meeting to confirm these locations on Monday, even though they are already done)
I will note they didn't appear to done fully with the HVAC and plumbing, so we will give them until our pre-drywall to take care of all this. We have informed our PM of these issues on the Monday after our visit, and he is already working on fixing the issues.

I do want to say we did see somethings that made us very happy, HVAC guys covered all the floor vents to stop debris falling into this, very nice, remember others having problems with this. Windows looked to be installed well. Roof looked good from the ground.

Picture time...

Pictures of what's wrong that's already listed above
  • Replace stud in Coat closet
  • Add missing window in water closet
  • The drain for master bath tub is not glued (didn't look like they where finished yet as the tub wasn't in yet)
  • No studs for the frameless shower door
  • No framing for the mud set tile in master shower edge (marked)
  • A HVAC run is being held up by a shirt, really no joke look, it's a wife beater shirt, must have been too hot climb down the ladder to get a strap, lol
  • A HVAC run was smashed and had holes in it, this damage looks to be caused by the electricians running their wiring.
  • The hole cut for the master bathroom tub seemed too close to the hot and cold water controls.
  • The plumbing running in the wall in the basement up is sticking out of the wall stubs, the whole wall needs to be shimmed out or drywall won't be straight (something is marked here)
  • A header in the basement was cut to run HVAC was replaced with a small flimsy metal brace, header needs to be replaced like it was done on the other side of the hallway where it was cut also.
    Incorrect on this side
    Correct on other side notice the light hanging more on that later
  • There is random nail going into a power wire in spare bathroom upstairs. Need remove random nails.
  • The drain for the laundry room is braced in the ceiling of the first floor using a random spare piece of PVC pipe, should be a regular strap like the rest of the plumbing. (This wasn't the only plumbing braced incorrectly like this)
  • Light in the basement was just hanging since there was no space (HVAC and electricians didn't work together nice here, play nice boys)

    Picture of everything else
    Front 
    Back 


    Garage ceiling
    Kitchen 
    Sink in kitchen and dishwasher
    Refrigerator waterline
    Morning room
    Morning room ceiling
    Family room
     Toilet half bath
    Sink half bath
    Living room 
    Dining room 
    Smallest spare bedroom

    Biggest spare bedroom
    Hall bath upstairs 
    Master bathroom
    Runs outside for Electric meter and HVAC
    Our ground, never seen it like this before, but works
    We can open and close the dampers 
    Crazy plumbing, not the most direct route but does work
    With all that being said we will let you know how our pre-drywall meeting goes next week



5 comments:

  1. I'm going to hope, like you, that they just aren't finished. The mechanical stage seems to have flown by for you. Good luck at the pre-drywall. Hopefully everything is fixed by then.

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  2. What a beautiful home - can't wait to see the finished product! I remember when my husband and I were building our home. Overall, it was a good experience, but like you, we maintained regular contact with the builder and project manager to make sure every little detail was perfect. We have lived in this home for over 20 years!

    Lane Pemberton @ Metcalfe Heating & Air Conditioning

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  3. I see that you're worried about the plumbing and the extra length that may have not been needed. You are also concerned about the pipes sticking out too far. You just got to trust the professionals, I'm sure everything will work out for you. If something turns out wrong just call them back to re-do it.

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total Plumbing Inc.

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    1. Why do you keep posting this same comment? You clearly didn't read or understand my post. I had a master Plumber (not just a random people) look over the work, and he is the one who told me the pipe was installed incorrectly and needed to be fix and they fixed it to make it right, if you read my later post. I said nothing about the extra length of a pipe in my post. The pipe wasn't in between the walls like it should be so they bumped out the wall and turned the pipe, the end.

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  4. Congratulations on your new house. My mother is actually getting into her new home soon which is being built by the same company. It's always those finer details like you're mentioning like the shower and the fixtures are what make building a home equal parts a labor of love and also a ton of work.

    Henrietta Fuller @ Bri-Tech HVAC

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