Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Murphey's Law: "Anything that CAN go wrong, WILL go wrong."

In addition to packing...and celebrating Christmas ...and decorating cookies...and entertaining family...and working...and...well, you get it... we've been building a house. Oh my goodness. How fun it's been! It is certainly an adventure I never thought I'd experience. And even through the craziness and problems, it's still so much fun. I've kind of been shocked at how many people have had bad opinions about us building. So many people want to know who our builder is and then make comments about how they know someone who knows someone who used that builder or a different one. I think it's kind of like having a baby, when you get pregnant everyone tells you their horror stories. Everyone wants to tell us their horror stories about building...or contractors...or timelines...
 
I don't have my head in the clouds. I know it will not be a perfect process or an easy one. I know there will be glitches and snafus. But, at the end of the day, we will have a house that is brand new. With that comes snafus and glitches...but no more so than buying a 10-year-old house. Right? It's all in how you look at it. And I am thrilled. Beyond thrilled. Ecstatic. And if it takes a month longer than they're telling us...or if we have to use our warranty because something isn't right after we move in...or they mess up on something, we'll survive. We'll figure it out. And more than figure it out, we'll still have our dream floorplan in our dream location with our dream kitchen. So, I'm optimistic.
 
December 29, 2012
 
First they drew out our floorplan roughly on the ground. We are standing looking at the house in the front right.
 And then they dug footers (we are standing in what will be our guest bedroom on the bottom floor and our master bedroom on the second floor!)
 Hubby in our guest bedroom!
 Mr. Howard and his dad at the front of our house.
December 31, 2012

We visited the site and saw that they had staked out the lot and prepped it to pour foundation.
 It was at this point that we realized something was wrong. Ummm. Why do we have a three-car tandem garage going through our guest bedroom and bathroom?
Us standing on the lot with the realization that they had staked the wrong floor plan. Uh-oh. Always an adventure...
 
Immediately we called and texted the realtor (for the lot and builder) and told her what had happened. Unfortunately, no one was around and everything was closed because of the January 1st holiday. So we had to wait until January 2nd to get any news.
 

January 2, 2013
We stopped by early in the morning to make sure they hadn't poured foundation. I was prepared to spray paint the ground with STOP in red letters, if I had to. Ha. Wouldn't that be a sight? Me with my three kids, spray painting the lot with big red letters...Thankfully, we got a text a little bit later saying that they were aware of the problem and they were pulling the permits to see what had been put on the permit.

Sure enough. We weren't crazy. A few minutes later we found out that they had put the permit in wrong. They had pulled the permit for the wrong floor plan. It isn't a bad floorplan, but it's the less expensive model. It can still be a 5 bedroom with a loft, but its 2900 square feet instead of 3300. It has a three-car garage instead of 2 (that's what we noticed at first) and a completely different elevation front. We have already done our financing and everything with the other floorplan pricing, so obviously we can't just switch (nor would we want to!).

I drew a picture so you can see what I mean. It's nice because the model is in the right in the background. It's the model we did NOT choose.  Ours should be flat like the one that already has the foundation poured (except that our house is bigger than the one with the foundation poured...so it'll still be as long as the one with the framing).
So. we're in the process of seeing what can be done. Right now, because permits have been pulled, they aren't sure it's a fixable error. We may need to pick a different lot. Yikes.

But, can I just say? I'm sorta at peace about the whole thing. Mistakes happen. Yes, it's a big one. But it could have been worse. They could have poured foundation and another week could have gone by or two. So, it's a process. Maybe we'll get that premium corner lot with the ridiculously high lot price we always wanted...

Or maybe not. A girl can dream.

5 comments:

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I love your positive outlook!! I'm so happy you guys caught the mistake early and I know you will LOVE your house when it's all done. How exciting to watch your dream house be built. I'm super excited for you and will be praying the process is smooth from here on out. :)

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is so something that would happen to us. Keep your spirits high and your chin up!!!

AbbyS. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i have no idea what any of this means. I hope it works out! :)

Tesha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How fun to build your house for the ground up! Even with problems I am sure it is exciting! Hopefully this somehow turns out to be a blessing in disguise.

My name is Heather. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

everything in life comes with snafus. you are so right. and glad you caught it when you did as well, i'm sure there will be plenty more things you will catch, but that is the exciting part. you will see so many stages of your home, and it's so fun to look back when your house is finished and you are playing on the living room floor and you remember that it used to be a pile of dirt. it's amazing and a blessing to be able to build your own home and choose all that you can. some problems won't be able to be fixed and you will just have to live with the mistakes, but soon you will forget and realize, you still have a beautiful home, you designed, and love it!

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