What goes up...

There is so much happening with the construction of our new house and it's happening so quickly that I want to try to document it and keep up with it as best as I can.

Remember yesterday when I posted about the mini-crisis surrounding our storm shelter?  Baron's been looking at that picture over and over and kept saying that something just wasn't right.  He didn't like how the two interior walls would be anchored by a long length of rebar but the exterior walls were just anchored with a few inches.  Doesn't make much sense.  We couldn't see how the exterior walls would be anchored to the foundation.  We got a response before they "fixed" it a few days ago from the builder's assistant who basically told us that we were right and they totally forgot about the shelter and it had been remedied. Oh, and P.S., don't contact me anymore, go through the realtors that don't know a dang thing and I'll see you at closing. 

Baron waited to respond to her email until we had a chance to go by the house and see it yesterday afternoon:

When we saw that our storm shelter had practically been finished we thought, "Crap! Hopefully it's done right!"  When we got home Baron responded to the verging-on-rude email and stated his concerns about the integrity of the shelter.  He made sure to point out that because it had been entirely missed when the poured our slab that he's concerned it was just given a quick fix and not done correctly, including a picture of the questionable work.  He responded to the woman who basically told us not to contact her as well as our realtor, the two realtors working for the builder that don't know squat, and lastly, the builder himself.  Let's call him Jim.  That was at 9:30 last night.

This morning Baron decides to go by the house on the way to work and was happy to see that Jim, the owner of the company and his construction managers were all there. Jim had Baron's picture that was sent in the email pulled up on his iPad and was furious according to Baron.  He apologized profusely and said that he was humiliated and could not believe that this had happened after all that we've been through.  He said he felt like they had lost all credibility with us and were very sorry.  He talked to Baron about what they were going to do to fix it and let us know that it would probably push everything back another week.  My understanding is that they'll be ripping up all of the foundation and repouring everything to start over again.

Tearing down the storm shelter
I have a lot of different emotions about this whole process.  I still feel like we chose a good builder who builds a good product and that we will be happy with the final result.  At the same time I feel like there have been one too many mistakes along the way and we're only about a week into construction! The is the first problem we've had with the actual builder and not the realty team that works for him.  Everyone that we've talked to that has ever built a house says that it's a lot of work, a lot of stress, and that they've caught mistakes during the construction.  It makes me feel a little better to know that it's not totally out of the ordinary.  I'll just keep looking at pictures of my kitchen and telling myself it'll be okay!

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