Our lot

Our lot

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pre-drywall Meeting

We had our pre-drywall meeting last night.  We got lucky and my Mom was able to come babysit (so I could go) and my Dad came along to the meeting as well as Dan's parents.  So we had lots of eyes to check things out and ask questions (while the kids enjoyed light-saber time with Grandma).

The meeting went well, nothing too crazy.  Some small gaps that will be filled with caulk or insultation, a chip in the front door, the morning room roof looked like it had a small dip in the shingles so that will be checked out, a too tight window in the morning room, and the stairs in the basement seemed like the one side wasn't perfectly straight.  The plumbing and electric was pretty much all done (I think the PM said some is still needed in the basement).  All the light boxes (not sure if that's the right term!) were in so we were able to see the rough-ins and the recessed light locations. We also saw all the outlet and lightswitch locations and the doorbell box location.

 A couple other things of concern for us were:

The outlet on the island will be on the opposite side than it was at the model.  We had liked it how it was at the model (closer to the family room) because I thought Dan could be way across the kitchen with the griddle and I could be at the stove for breakfast time.  No big deal though-we realized the stools would be closer to that side and it might actually work out better to have the griddle closer to the stove and further away from the kids if they are on the stools.

Still no budging on helping us out with pendant lights.  I keep hoping they'll just agree to rough them in even though we were late on the request.  No go.  Cutting drywall and routing wires doesn't sound like a fun project for us after closing.

The exhaust fan in the master bath is in the water closet instead of near the shower.  We heard this at pre-construction and I thought it was weird (didn't realize I could request it to be moved).  We are hoping it will still get the moisture out of the room and it won't just get all sucked up on the ceiling above the shower.  We'll have to try and keep the water-closet door open when showering hoping that'll do the trick.  Otherwise my Dad will have to help us install another fan.

The cable box still has not been moved.  It should have been moved a month ago.  PM is going to check with Armstrong cable again.

The fuse box is located in the area of the basement that we will be finishing later.  I guess there is nothing we can do about this and it just depends on where your stuff comes in from the street.  The PM said it has to be so many feet from the front of the house on that side of the street.  I'm hoping it doesn't stick out and the boys won't try and get in it.

Good things:

Our garage door was in!  Dan was so excited to see that and had the PM put it down so he could take pictures!  There are also little wired boxes (I forget what he called them) where our exterior lights will go on the side of the garage and the recessed light is now in the front stoop area.

The front door handle mystery was solved!  It actually is the door-knob typically used from the garage to the mudroom.  They didn't have our round-knob at the time so used this one.  We actually like it better than the round though so the PM said we could keep it!

We realized not only do we have pond or golf course view in girly's room but also in all of the other bedrooms (except master bc it has the wooded tree view of the back of the house)! We didn't see it before because of all the paper up on the windows. We had originally wanted a golf-course view until we saw the only lots open were close to the pond.  We didn't want to have to worry about the kids near the pond so we decided on the bigger wooded lot instead.  But because of the height of our house we got the best of both worlds!  Still a nice pond/golf course view but now also the wooded view, bigger yard, and no worry of the kids near the pond!  Score!  We are super excited about that!

Overall both of our Dad's were really impressed with the construction of the house and there were no major issues that needed corrected.

Next up: More inspections and insulation, drywall should start next Wed, and we are 3rd in line for siding.  Probably within 2 weeks we'll be seeing all of that completed!

Here's a couple pictures.  We didn't take many this time.  We probably won't go out to the house until next weekend so we should have drywall by then!

 All of the guys with the PM (I think they were talking about the air-return thing there)

The recessed lights in the kitchen

Light rough-in for the family room

I think Dan took this picture of the wiring so he knew where things are to tie in the pendant lights
 (I could be totally wrong though!)

 Garage door installed

House front now with garage door!  Can't wait until the trim, shutters, and siding are up!


  1. You could always hang a piece of art in front of the electrical box. A canvas one would fit right over it :)

    1. Awesome idea! I would have never thought of that! I told Dan we should build a closet around it and then the PM explained we'd have to have 3ft clearance on each side so it would need to take up a lot of space lol. Duh why not just hang something in front of it!

  2. We have concerns about a single fan being located above the toilet. The fact that we have a fan in an enclosed toilet room is great but I have doubts that one is enough. We asked for another fan and were politely denied. Our PM says the one above the toilet should be powerful enough to exhaust the entire bathroom but I'll have to check the CFM rating for extra piece of mind. I'd rather not have to open a window to ventilate the bathroom (particularly in the winter).

    Hooray for forward progress! It's awesome you got the golf course views you originally wanted too!

    1. Yeah our PM told us the same thing-that the fan is strong enough to exhaust the whole bathroom. He told me the rating but because I didn't even know what it meant I can't remember what it was. I agree with not wanting to have to open the window. I think having to keep the water closet room open for the fan is annoying enough.