Building a House Part 12: Bricks, Stone, and Trim in Progress

The exterior is starting to come together to give a preview of what the house will look like. It’s obviously in progress but looking awesome.

A majority of the bricks and stone have been installed with remaining work to be finished in the back of the house. The dark brown trim was better than what we expected but still needs touch up work.

Check out the progress below!

Before Brick and Stone Installation

Building a House Part 11: First Walkthrough Appointment with Construction Manager

The house just reached an important milestone! With the A/C and spray foam insulation now installed, we had our first walkthrough with the construction manager. 

We were given a detailed tour to get a feel of where everything was located such as the studs, electrical wiring, pipes, and etc. This is crucial to be informed as a homeowner to avoid making costly mistakes in the future when drilling or installing any fixtures (ex: drilling a hole into a pvc pipe or electrical wiring). We took plenty of pictures along with requesting the detailed blueprints of the house for future references.

Truly an unreal experience to see inside the house and the supporting structure.

Next up will be the installation of sheetrock, bricks, stone, and our trim exterior to take another step forward in bringing this house to life.

Building a House Part 7: Framing is Delayed

Disappointment Face
Our Emotion: Disappointment

We were told it was supposed to take a little over a week to complete the framing. Unfortunately when my wife and I swung by the house on our routine weekend check-ins on the property, we were rather disappointed to see a bunch of building materials on the property with no progress after an entire week. We were hoping to show my mother-in-law something besides the foundation.

With the disappointment, I immediately reached out to our Construction Project Manager and Sales Rep for an update. They were apologetic and mentioned the following:

“We are experiencing some labor shortages in the framing department due to the time of year it is.  We  want to make sure that every home gets the level of attention that it deserves and therefore have been waiting on a crew to become available to start the framing process.  I was given confirmation that a crew is supposed to start working on your house tomorrow.”

I can understand factors that are outside of human control (ex: weather) but the information above appeared to be a known repeating pattern. If someone was planning a project and there were predicted delays (ex: summer vacation) then they need to factor into the actual milestones and completion date. Every milestone counts and each delay will affect the house completion timeline. It’s not about just delaying getting the keys to the house but the planning my wife and I have to consider such as ending our rental lease for our current home, transferring schools for the kids, and coordinating moving labor. There are many tasks in play.

I understand it wasn’t the fault of the Construction Project Manager or the Sales Rep but I did provide feedback and challenged their leaders to do better. 

For now, I look forward to seeing progress and a mitigation plan to catch up on timing.

All we can do is to keep moving forward.

Building a House Part 6: The Foundation and Driveway is Complete!

Beazer Driveway

The foundation and driveway is complete for our Beazer home! We didn’t expect the driveway to be this long. It was a delight to see the size of the parking space even though we will park our cars in the garage. There should be plenty of parking space to host our friends and families for parties and entertainment gatherings.

Beazer House Property SizeIn this second picture, we were able to picture the size of our backyard from left (the house) and to the right. There will be an easement between our fence and the fence in the background on the right. We selected this lot for this reason to avoid sharing a fence with a back to back neighbor. For a Texas yard in the suburbs, it’s a good size yard.

In addition to the excitement of this milestone, we will have another one coming soon. We just received an email of starting the framing soon. The construction manager is estimating framing to complete in just over a week which is impressive considering the amount of work and detail required.

Kudos to our construction manager, Jacob!

Building a House Part 5: Preparing Foundation

Beazer Homes Plumbing Installed

Before the foundation can be poured in, the plumbing was installed. It may be baby steps just from looking at this picture but we are excited at every step of seeing our house being built. In addition to the plumbing, our Construction Manager (Jacob) also mentioned all the work for preparing the foundation was completed and passed inspection.

Our next step as of right now is to wait for the foundation to be poured. After the foundation is poured, it will take about a week to cure before the driveway can be prepared structurally for an inspection.