Color Stone Mountain Clay.
It's so darn cold here, this AM in the single digits...6 degrees.
Met briefly with one of our PM's yesterday to go over some concerns at the house.
First let me post our siding.
(my family/friends dislike that we are getting siding and not all brick - shout out to the FAM readers out there.)
2 concerns I had with the house that I asked one of our PM's to meet us at the house today.
Two corners look like the morter is white. Now I took pics of these two sections for a week to see if it changed with weather, degrees or light......Nope no changes so this became a concern.
I am told that the brick gets cleaned and these areas just need cleaned a few times and he promises they will not remain white after being cleaned (which this cleaning is standard) they will look like the rest of the home.
At first glance it looks like ice...........its not.
(OK, a fellow blogger just commented that this will not go away after power washing? - I'm worried - how will washing really help this?)
Is this Efflorescence? Is RH reading my blog now? What if it doesn't resolve itself, will the brick be redone?
Tip on your brick.
Ask to keep any unused brick. They will just simply toss them into the dumpster, what a waste of money. There are two hug stacks left over that we will use to build a mailbox at the base of the driveway.
Tip on shutters.
We asked that shutters not be installed. We prefer the look without shutters. They are just keeping shutters in basement in case we want to later. Plus it really makes our house stand out against all the other houses with shutters. Just and FYI, it's an option. Our personal choice nothing wrong with shutters, shoot I may decide later to add them, but I think our brick is contemporary enough that I like without them.
The WASHER and DRYER location and surroundings.
Surprisingly the washer and dryer location turned so wrong for me..........at first glance I was fine with the location when construction began. As we moved forward more and more stuff started showing up "around" the washer and dryer and my laundry area became...........well........such a part of the basement.
Two sump pumps are directly next to my dryer in fact I will have to place part of the dryer on top of the sump pump.
They placed the drop sink between the washer and dryer which I was not aware of....just like my old house......Nooooo!
This area that I wanted to frame off and make into a laundry room became a nightmare for me.
PM is going to move the laundry tub into another section of the basement....
We were told that they CANNOT move the washer and dryer and this point and if they could it will be charge. Apparently this is NOT a choice and even in the beginning had I known, it would have been an upcharge to change location of the W/D.
PM and hubby did discuss that these can be easily moved after closing........RH just can't do it without charging us and PM says don't do that because Hubby is more than capable of doing it. In fact PM offered to give any advice after closing to move it down the wall towards the front of the house so I can have a framed off laundry room.
They had a conversation that sounded like chinese.....and it will be easy and cheap to re locate them. PM is super helpful, he does above and beyond what he can within the confines of RH.
It will just again be one of those things........."to get to after closing" list.
What you don't see in this pic is across from both pumps in the hot water tank, that oddly sits in the middle of the room, next to the furnace. But I am guessing this area will be framed off all together and be hidden, I am guessing this is the plan, I have a hard time imagining walls up.......one thing I have a hard time envisioning. (we are finishing basement ourselves)
Our walk thru is next friday 11th, at 10 am.
Carpet installed this friday.
Granite not until wednesday.
Seamless shower not till early next week.
My big ticket items not till last minute.........I wanna see.. I wanna see :)
Cleaning crews come in 3x from now till pre walk thru.
coats of paint on walls
lights installed outside
PM says this ALL must be done by next wednesday at the latest for RH's walk thru before ours.
No paint on our door until weather breaks, no landscaping, no driveway........I hate this part, outside will be an ugly mud pitt until spring.!!
Drawbacks of building in the middle of winter.
Towel bar dilemma solved. PM says it's NOT an issue having it over a plug due to GFI. But I still don't like it so he is making the bar smaller so it can be on the wall next to the sink.......THANKS PM :) I have the best PMs.