St. Joe Beach Update #28

There is Still Stuff Happening

Today’s check went a lot better than the last time. I was able to meet with our builder and we had some very good discussions. We walked around and took a look at the sheet rock work that was going on. The crew was there today putting on corner bead and mud.

Master Shower

As we got to talking, we had our first discussions about the showers. We talked about the guest bathroom and how far up the wall the tile would go. It was decided the tile would go up essentially the same height as a slip in tub/shower  wall does.  This is essentially what I had expected. The vanity sizes were discussed and those are going to be 36″ wide. We also discussed putting an accent in the shower walls to break up the tile a little bit. Stephanie and I had picked some tile out a few weeks ago and Ben had it in his notes. For the master shower, the tile will go to the ceiling and we will have the same accent as the guest bath as well as the same size vanity.

Attic Access

Next we had a good discussion about the attic access. This was a point of frustration because it originally was to be located elsewhere. However, we have come to accept its location. I want to have sheet rock used to fill the opening with a plywood backing. This way, other than the trim, the ceiling material will look the same and have a good flow. Ben has never done an opening this way, but said he was looking forward to seeing how it would turn out and if he likes it may do other homes this way.

We next talked about the landscaping that had been done to get ready for putting up the pole barn. We have used about 65% of the landscaping budget and there will probably be a little more dirt work done when the final yard dressing is completed. That being said, we are on budget to have the yard completely dressed when construction is completed. There is still a good bit to do up front when the dumpster is removed.

The next topic was the deck. We settled on five foot wide deck for the side entrance. There will be an exterior shower for rinsing off when we come back from the beach. Now we have to decide on having a railing around the deck or not. I think the railing would be a nice touch even if the deck will only be a few inches off the ground. We also have to decide if the deck will go all the way to the back edge of the house. I also think that is a good idea. This will give us a great place to grill in the evenings.

After the deck, the gravel driveway was the topic of discussion. Stephanie and I will definitely need to talk about this one. Ben is suggesting us have the gravel go all the way up next to the house. It would give us a wider parking area, but I am not too sure how this would look. It essentially would make most of the right side of the house gravel and the gravel will run back and under the pole barn. This could be a good look I am just not so sure. It will definitely make it easier when it comes to grass up next to the house.

All Sheet Rock Up In Galley

We drove over to Ben’s shop to talk about granite choices. He showed me a few of the choices and then we talked about budget. Stephanie and I had looked at some pictures of a house he built not too far away. We really liked the granite in that home and it looked great with the shower tile we selected. In the end, he said we would have enough left in the cabinet budget for that type of granite. So, I think that choice has now been made too!! We also talked about under mounting our sinks. So again, another choice made.

So what is next? Cabinets should show up next week and the drywall should also be done by the end of the week. The interior paint will be done. After painting is completed, cabinet installation will be completed and then they will start on the bathroom tile. Ben said he would get the flooring down in at least the front room so we could have the appliances delivered. They may not be ready for installation, but they can at least be delivered on site. It looks like from this point we are about four weeks from completion. I am really ready for this project to be finished. I need some down time and this is going to be a great place to do that I think. There will still be some work to do there. The privacy fence will need to be built and sprinklers installed, but I can also do that once we are able to start staying there.

St. Joe Beach Update #27 (Point of Frustration)

We went to check on how our project was progressing this past weekend. We had received from photos from our neighbors of the interior with insulation in place and I had received updates from the gentleman completing the pole barn, so I expected some significant changes.

Galley Kitchen

Upon arrival, I noticed scrap sheet rock against the dumpster so right away I knew they had finished the insulation and started the rock work. It was about 90% complete. The house had gone from an open “see all the way through” to beginning to actually look like a home with a floor plan.

There was a spot on the wall in the “great room” which left me a bit disturbed. A relatively large section of the sheet rock was torn away. I personally would not have left it that way and would have fixed it by replacing the sheet rock in that area. Now, I do know that the mud work will fix all the imperfections on the wall, but this is just another one of those little things that I just wish I hadn’t seen. You can see the tear in the photo below. It really is not all that big, but it is almost all the way through the sheet rock.

Tear in Sheet Rock

The vent pipe going through the roof still did not have foam sprayed around it. I reached out to our builder just to see if he was in town because he had gone on vacation again. He was still gone, but he did reply letting me know that the boot had silicon under it and there was no way it would leak. That is what started my frustration. It was assumed I was reaching out because I had noticed the foam still wasn’t there. That was not the case. It would have been nice to have a face to

No Foam Around Vent Pipe

face and discuss schedule and such. However, when it comes to the foam around the boot,  how hard would it be to just have one of your crew stop by and spray the foam? I mean, the bathroom vent stack was foamed. This reminds me when I was in the military. I was given demerits for some of my clothes. I was told I was dinged because if one could look really good they should all look really good. If one vent stack is foamed they should all be in my opinion.

In the same message about the foam, I was also told the electrical for the tankless hot water heater being done the way the plumber had specified. I was thinking it should have been the other way around, but that is just me. It just makes me feel sort of like the builder is not directing things the way he should. I don’t know if that’s the case, but it sort of feels like it at times. Some of this frustration may be coming from the fact that we have 160 miles between this home and our actual home. Working all week and then driving over to see things not the way you would expect just gets sort of aggravating. There hasn’t been any real enjoyment yet in this project, but I think that time is coming. At least I hope it is!

The next steps will be going back over next weekend. I think things are actually at a point where going over weekly is almost a must. I am sure there will be a lot more going on the next time we go over to check on things. I just hope our builder will be available for meeting and having discussions about the remaining schedule and things needing to be accomplished.