I am new to the forum. We are building a house with architect designed plans we purchased. we are 3 mo. into the project. i felt like i researched and chose my very reputable builders and supplier wisely as they are both highly regarded. i interviewed three different builders, all good choices, i chose the ones i felt would do the best job. i have had some serious blunders so far... i am a reasonable guy and realize mistakes happen, but these are pretty darn big mistakes.
-Our capenters and lumber supply yard both read the plan wrong and spec'd the first floor a foot taller than the plan. nobody noticed (or tell me) until the second floor was up and framed.... yes, i'm telling the truth. my bid had this in the cost already, but i did not think to look at the length of studs on the order estimate... i realize you do not fix this, you tear it back down and start over. our plan has 8' ceilings with dropped living room and office at 9' ceiling. instead, they built 9' with a 10 ft. dropped living room. upstairs were built correct. this presents many hurdles to change-- stairs being a major one, proportions of room size, kitchen cabinet proportions...
-they also did not notice that another room was dropped down. so, the foundation had to be cut and changed before framing... basically, they are not paying attention to the details of the plan. this is a simple square house, except for dropped down section in ground floor.
-communication is also a major weak point of these guys as well. you have to pry information out of them. after asking for explanation of why they are not showing up, they say there is "not much left to do", and "we are too booked up". they are working on someone else's home.... if they would just inform me of what's goin on or what's next....
-in the past three months, they have been there 21 days total. only 3 days in november. (which has been great weather btw) exterior could have been easily finished if they had shown up in november. they say they will show up, but no show time after time. so far, no money has exchanged hands, but i am still wishing they were here. plumbing and hvac start going in this week.
-knowing what i know now, of course i would have chosen a different builder and lumber yard, but hindsight is 20/20... i do not believe in screaming and yelling at someone either, but i let them know my concerns and disappointments. how do i place a value to these screw ups?
-so what should 1 extra foot of height on a 2100 sq. ft (1st and 2nd total) house cost in materials, let alone the headache. because the lumberyard screwed, they credited me $1000 in materials. is that fair? lumber, siding, plaster, etc..? in the end, the builder is at fault for not noticing this.
-i have been thru 5 homes from the builders, i know they can build a great home and i know they can finish the job, but not on the greatest circumstances for me. i would love to give a glowing recomendation to my awesome builders, but this has not been ideal.
we are currently dried in now, tyvek on, windows in. i feel like i am being taken advantage of this past month of broken promises. i could say "don't come back", but that would not make my life any easier. any advice on how to resolve this in a civil way? all in all, i still like the house, but i want progress.
thank you for your time