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jetvet on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 05:30
First time post here and I do apologize for the wall of text. My wife and I are in the process of building our dream home. We've spent the better part of the last 5 years saving and planning to do this. Needless to say it's a very exciting time but as I'm finding out, also very stressful. Neither of us know the first thing about building a house.
We decided to go with a local builder who has a model we've always loved (plus my wife built with them previously and had a good experience). They have several developments in our area (and nationwide) so we actually got a chance to walk through the exact house we're building. We were quite impressed with the layout and build quality so we decided to go with it.
We met with the project manager prior to digging and went over all the options and set expectations. He sends out weekly communications to us on what to expect the next week. He's also been at least somewhat responsive to my questions via email or when I call him.
So, with that being said, here's my concerns. We're just beginning the framing process and they have the walls up for the first and second floors. As I'm walking through the house I noticed some seemingly large gaps at the bottom of the floor where the plywood for the walls join together. In some cases it looks like the bottom plates were cut too short and you can actually see outside. I realize they are going to insulate and wrap the house but it looks to me like they didn't measure correctly (see attachment).
I've also found two holes in the exterior walls and when I asked the PM about it he said the framers sometimes hammer holes in the walls so the crane can hook a tow line up to lift the wall. Is this true? It sounds like he's feeding me a line (see attachment).
I guess I just want to know if I should take his word for things or not. I don't have the first clue about building houses (although I have done some drywall and framing in the past) but my gut tells me if it doesn't look right then bring it to his attention. Maybe I'm being overreacting but I can tell that the little things like this are going to drive me crazy because I'm a very detail oriented person (engineer).
Thanks everyone, I definitely appreciate the expertise on this forum.