Sunday, November 23, 2008

Things To Do Differently

If I had to do this over again, I would definitely add radiant heat to the Master Bathroom floor. The tile gets really cold.

I would also mount the control panel for the steam shower inside the steam shower. Mainly because that's where it was designed to go; it has a temperature sensor on it that tells the unit when to shut off, but since it's mounted outside the shower, that feature doesn't work. I'll talk to Gallick about moving it, but if they don't, I'll probably move it at a later date myself.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gallick Corporation

So, Gallick is officially done with their contract work on the house. We have a 1 year warranty plus work on the solar heating left, so we'll still see them around. They finished 2 weeks earlier than the contract deadline, so we owed them a small bonus. I'm happy with their work and would recommend them to my neighbors. ABL has issues with Charlie, but she would gladly deal with John again. In the grand scheme of things ABL's issues are minor and not related to the quality of the final product.

We had watched a lot of Holmes On Homes, so we were prepared for the worst. Charlie is definitely a fair and honest builder. As far as costs go, Charlie was reasonable, I did have a little sticker shock when I received the bills for the solar thermal system. That would be my fault though, I didn't get an estimate before he started, so I was pretty much stuck paying whatever he charged. My budget for his portion of that work was $3000, but he's charged me $4600 so far and there's probably another $1400 worth of work left. I evaluate that in the larger context of the contract work which was over 100 grand, so to me, 1 thousand or 2 thousand over is just a percent or 2 in the grand scheme of things.

Plumbing Problems

So, I got a call from one of my neighbors. They were having the same issue that we had with the plumbing. They live at 12603, we are 12607, and we heard that 12611 has had plumbing problems. 12605 and 12609 have so far been spared the plumbing issues. My guess is that at the time, the builder was running two crews and they were leapfrogging down the street. We got the inexperienced crew.

Closets

My Father-In-Law just finished up the closets and just in time, my bedroom has become the dumping ground for all the things that could possibly come out of a dryer. Speaking of which, our dryer isn't drying anymore. The spouse is dropping major hints that I need to get it replaced. It's rapidly moving up my list of things to do...Anything to put off the working on the stairs.