St. Joe Beach Update #36

Current Street View

Yesterday we went to check on the house. After the lengthy discussion I had with our builder earlier in the week on Tuesday, I expected a completed interior. I have realized my definition of complete and his definition of complete are two different things. You can see all the photos we took in the Construction #8 photo album.

I didn’t expect to see a spotless home, but I did think the majority of the trash would be gone and the house would be, as I was told, complete on the inside. Well it really was far from that! Besides a significant amount of trash, the following items were not finished:

  • Bi-fold closet doors not hung
  • Hot water heater electrical not connected
  • Base boards missing in several locations
  • No appliances installed
  • Attic access and trim not painted
  • Base board quarter round not painted
  • Pantry shelf brackets not corrected
  • Vanity lights not installed
  • Bathroom mirrors not hung
  • Bathroom accessories not hung

We had intended to do a punch list yesterday, but obviously that did not happen. In fact, we had thought we were going to move in on the 8th of September, but that will not happen either. We will be lucky if we can move stuff in by the 15th, but Stephanie and I think it will honestly be October before we can even consider moving stuff. That will also depend on the status of Nataleigh’s surgery as well.

On the outside of the house, we spotted some things that still need attention. There has been a significant amount of erosion on the back side of the home. I am really concerned about the condenser unit outside. It is elevated on dirt at this point and I was able to shake it with my foot. The base plate is not stable at all. They also have the copper exiting the house with a lot of dirt around it. My father-in-law knows HVAC well, and according to him, that will prevent the A/C unit from working properly.

There were materials there yesterday for the deck, but no one was there working on it. It may have been because we arrived during lunch time. I am not really sure. It is nice to see it is getting worked on, but the pace of progress is not very impressive at all. We live in a 2200 sq feet home which was built start to finish in three months. Our little 840 sq feet home will take nearly five months, if not longer, to complete and the finish work up to this point hasn’t impressed me.

As I have said before, in the end I think things will turn out like we want, but seeing the progress just makes things very frustrating. We have discussed how much nicer it is to just shop for a newly constructed home. You walk through it and you either like it or you don’t.

My next task is emailing our builder. I have been thinking since we left yesterday what to write to him. I can sound like a jerk and piss him off or just let him know to let us know when it’s done and let him know the things we currently see as wrong. Hopefully between that email and our walk through yesterday he will be able to get things done the way we want them.