Saturday, July 28, 2012

Siding Complete

We have been busy packing/moving every free minute the past few weeks and I am exhausted!  Settlement on our current home is this Tuesday and our house won't be finished until September so we are moving in with my dad temporarily.  We're lucky we have a (free) place to go in the interim, but moving twice is going to suck.  We're also lucky that my brother has a 3-car barn is his back yard that he's letting us store our furniture in (for free).  AND between my dad and brother they have three trucks (yes, that's three pick-up trucks for two guys), so we've been able to make our move essentially for free.  We're going to rent a Uhaul for the move to the new house so we wanted to save as much money as we could for this one.  Luckily we have family members with lots of extra bedrooms, storage space, and trucks. :)  We are almost finished getting everything out... one more day of hard work then we can relax for a month before we have to do it all over again!

Anyways.... we stopped by the house today and our siding is complete, garage door has been installed, well has been drilled, and septic system is basically complete (just needs to be back filled)!




Closeup of the garage door.  The wires on either side will be lights.
Septic system drain field.
Close up of the tank.  That black cap will be what shows in our yard... looks kind of like a manhole.

Connection to the house.

Our well.  It's interesting how much different the soil from deep down is than the surface soil.
Concerned about this.  There's supposed to be a light on each side of the door, but they have two wires coming out of one side and none on the other.  Do you think they'll fix it or should I call PM about it?
Ceiling fan rough-in has been fixed already!
Mudroom doorknob.  It kind of irks me that the garage-side doorknob is a different color (it's a dark bronze), but I guess I can live with it.
Shot of my car in front of the house :)
 One other issue I noticed that I missed at the pre-drywall meeting is that we have zero switches in our study.  What is everyone else's study switch situation?  Do you have one?

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  1. We have a switch in our study for the outlet that is on a switch and 2 for the fan rough-in. How much land are you on? There aren't many of us on septic systems. Are you on public water? Your siding looks great. Yes, contact your PM about the outside lights immediately. The sooner the better!

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    1. Our lot is 1.5 acres. The town we are in is pretty spread out (mostly farmland) and the public water and sewer doesn't extend to our area. We're also unfortunately on propane heat. But there's a gasline running through the back of our development so I'm hoping our community can get natural gas hook-ups at some point in the future.

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  2. We have two switches in our study: one for the switched outlet and one for the light rough in. I would mention the light outside. Chances are, your PM is already on top of it (ours always was), but better safe than sorry. Your siding and hardwood floors look great!

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  3. I really like your siding color!

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  4. House looks awesome! I love that trim above the windows, especially on the big arched one. We have a study and there are switches in it -- one to an outlet and one to the light fixture rough-in we added. I think it's worth mentioning anything like the coach lights to the PM. Never hurts to ask (nicely)!

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  5. I agree that you should respectfully ask the PM about any questions that you have. Some issues they know about but they can't be everywhere so sometimes they may not catch something that you did. Personally I try to email the PM when I can so that he can respond when it is easier for him. Of course this option many not be applicable if you do not have an email for your PM.

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    1. I wish I had my PM's email address. It's so much easier for me to email from work. But he just gave us his cell phone number last week (before that we had to call the general RH number and leave a message for him), so I'm not not going to push my luck. :/

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  6. Your house looks gorgeous! I agree with everyone else about contacting your pm. Also, our study has a switch for the ceiling light and one for a switched outlet.

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    1. Did your study come with a ceiling light or did you have to pay extra for that?

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  7. I love that siding color, too!! What is it? Not that its an option for me to change at this point, but just curious:) It looks fantastic!!

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    1. Thanks! It is Stone Mountain Clay. I was worried it might be too dark but I really like how it turned out, especially with the white trim.

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    2. I love the Stone Mountain Clay! It's beautiful and it's going to look gorgeous with the white trim! Ditto--always always always ask questions, keep a list and check off twice. This is best time to do it while your house is under construction.

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  8. Pretty! Pretty! Pretty! In my humble opinion..Stone Mountain Clay is the only way to go. :)

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  9. House looks great we also went with Stone Mountain Clay....I agree with Charissa Stone Mt Clay is the only way to go!

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  10. It’s interesting to see how the sidings will look like when the landscape develops. Have you given thought about that? I mean, you can use the surroundings (e.g., trees, plants, decors) to match with your house. You can go a lot of ways here; it really depends on you. I bet that wouldn’t be a problem because the house looks amazing already. :)

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  11. That’s one elegant-looking house! The roof and color of the exteriors complement with one another. I haven’t seen the result yet, but I know it come out beautifully. Some people hate moving on, but it is good that you have your supportive family and relatives to help you with the move. Anyway, I hope all the work is done now, so you can have a relaxing moment in your house.

    Lue Madson

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