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A Barden Homes Stakeout

clock May 23, 2009 11:11 by author Donny Kemick

Now that the rough grading and destumping is complete, we’re ready to stake out our Whitaker Corners Barden Home.  Our general contractor came up a couple days ago and staked the whole house out in much more detail than I expected.  It’s very cool to see the shape and area that the house will take up, though I have to admit, I’m surprised at how small it looks with just stakes in place.  I keep reminding myself that it’s 1000 square feet bigger than our last house!

I decided to do some video of the lot as it stands now, as well as the staked outline to give perspective on where we’re starting from:

 

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So, You Said You Were Building A House… When???

clock May 21, 2009 10:48 by author Donny Kemick

Just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel, you fall down a rat hole!  We are now officially 2 1/2 months past the time we wanted to get started on the house.  Some of it’s our fault, some of it’s not.  As I noted previously,  we had some issues getting a sewage permit.  When that finally got approved, we had to wait for Barden Homes to send us stamped prints (which didn’t happen until this past Monday), and now, the plumber has to get registered to work in my city, and I need to get our new address listed with the 911 Center in our area…  It just never ends.

I finally got all of the above in place (or in progress), just to find out that my lawyer is taking his time getting the closing documents done.  Seems like they should be able to breeze right through that stuff considering the number of mortgages they close…  guess not.

Hopefully this delay will end soon and we can get rolling…  Our new estimated closing date is May 27th.  I hope we can get rolling that day!

  

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Yeah, I’m a Flip-Flopper – Going with Poured Walls

clock May 4, 2009 09:16 by author Donny Kemick

pink-flip-flop In some previous posts I discussed some foundation wall options, and recently made the decision to go with Precast walls by Superior Walls.  Well, I’m having to go against what I originally wanted to do because of timeframe.  We are now 2 months past when we wanted to get started with construction, and if we go with the precast walls, we’re going to be 3 months behind. 

The precast walls will be set much faster than poured concrete, BUT they take 4 weeks to be made.  We simply cannot wait that much longer, so we’re going with poured concrete. 

The Downside

There are a few negatives to NOT having used the precast walls.  For me, the biggest downside is that the walls won’t be 5000 psi concrete.  I really liked that about them.  They will also lack studs and insulation now.  Down the road when we inevitably finish all or some of our basement, we will need to pay to have studs and insulation put in.  Considering the overall cost of 2X4s and insulation, I guess it’s not really that big of a deal, but it would have been nice.

The Upside

The biggest positive is the timeframe.  Followed by durability and my GC’s crew’s comfort with them.  I’ve also been told by some people that I trust very much and who are very handy, that they wouldn’t do precast walls in the location we’re building.  The poured walls will ultimately be cheaper than the precast walls as well.  The gravel needed will also be cheaper.

For the Record

If we were in March right now, I would still be going with the precast walls.  I’m still confident that they would have been very nice, dry, and warm.  Unfortunately, my wife and I made the decision to go with poured to save time.

 

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