||[Mar. 21st, 2004|11:52 am]
We went yesterday morning to retrieve the construction key for our house. "Please bring this back as soon as you're done," we were told, "because it's the only one we have. We used to have several but people kept borrowing them and keeping them."
Our house is in decent shape. We have pictures posted from March 16, when insulation went up, and March 20, after drywall. A lot of the problems have been fixed. The door jamb, for example, was a royal mess: a big chunk taken out of one part of it. Whoever patched it did an excellent job. It took me a minute to find the seams. Drywall is about two thirds of the way done right now: figure there's about half a day's work left to hang the rest of it, then all the seams need to be sealed. The outside of the house has been covered with tyvek and chicken-wire in preparation for stucco. Lots of cement blocks have been delivered to build the wall of our courtyard. The radiant heat piping has been brought upstairs but not laid down yet. They'll have to finish the drywall and sweep the floors thoroughly before that can happen.
Our wiring, of course, has been screwed up again. They did manage to re-run all the wires, but since they totally forgot to order the structured wiring box, they left all the different strands in a taped-together bundle. Then, when drywall went up, someone pulled the wires through a (new) hole in the drywall in the master bathroom instead of in the closet where it belongs. They also didn't install the extra 110V outlet they said they were going to need. Pam will surely hear about this tomorrow afternoon when she calls.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well lit the house is. Many of the pictures look dark because the frame included windows: it was very bright outside. This picture gives a better sense for the illumination. We'll lose a little bit of that due to gray carpeting, but I think we're going to have plenty of light.
The biggest annoyance came when we went to give the key back. Since there's no sales office in the neighborhood anymore, it's a 15-minute detour (20 to 25 with traffic) both coming and going to get the key. That adds up fast. We dropped by Lowe's to get a copy made for ourselves. However... the people at the office where the key is kept were awfully nasty about it, insisting that we give them our copy. See, we're not allowed to have a temporary key to a house we don't own yet, but they were apparently fine with people borrowing the ones they keep and not returning them. I acknowledge that the house isn't mine yet, but gee, considering that that lock will be changed out in a month or so, isn't this a rule that could be bent some? Moreover, considering how far the office is from our hours, and how much has been screwed up on this house already that I'm keeping a close eye on, wouldn't it be reasonable for me to have easy access to it instead of assuming that people will be in the sales office whenever I need to go look?
I am generally irritated by people who insist that the rules must be followed Because They're Rules whether or not they are consistent with the way the world is actually happening.
Anyway. Other news. Right about when I picked willowisp up to go sign our contract addendum, Susan (sales manager) left me voice mail explaining our close date. She wrestled our build mangler into May 7 instead of May 10, but scheduled us for the absolute latest slot in the day (3pm) "so that Pam can have that entire day for a workday". This was apparently at Pam's request. This comes right after Pam assured Susan that the house would be done by April 30. What's going on here?
All I know for certain is that we have the lease on our apartment through mid-July and that Centex will be picking up the extension fee for our mortgage lock if it comes to that.
Supposedly I have a weekend. I'm off to try to make some use of it.