Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Days 107-109: More Siding & Second coat of mud, Cracks in cement and drywall

The house is looking great! We made some compromises today about the exterior. The guy was there that was over the siding and had already done some more that was incorrect :(. We talked and he said he asked the PM several times about the style of siding and was told the wrong stuff. So even since I emailed Sunday night about it being wrong; he continued to work on the wrong stuff unknowingly! Poor guy! I felt really bad because he had been working hard on it and I could tell he was frustrated however he was so nice and said he would change everything for us to make us happy because he didn't want us to settle on something we didn't love. After all that we decided to leave it as-is for two reasons. 1) We are sick of this building process, haha, but seriously. We don't want any more delays. 2) It does look really good...we would have loved to be a little different but this set up is a little more traditional and will never go out of style.

Almost done with the exterior, just these two sections left of regular horizontal board

The siding guy is also the window guy and still has the last 2 windows to put in; I can't wait to see the front with the massive triple window!

Some questions now about some things we found. The basement floor has a TON of cracks...and they are not hairline small ; they are thick and crumbling :-/. This worries me.  I know some cracks are normal, but there are several cracks that span the width and length of the basement; and that's a large space. Our superintendent is going to check them out and get back to us. What can they do at this point?

Another issue is the drywall has major cracking and creasing on all of our arches in the downstairs. I'm wondering if this is because the windows and doors stay open and the cold air (we've had 30 degree days/nights lately) is making It shrink to fast? Because the upstairs arch has not one crack in it and there are no open windows up there? Not sure, I know they'll fix it.

I can tell they did the second coat of mud today because some of the walls felt dough-y still. Hopefully drywall will be completed by Friday and we'll have painted walls next week! Exciting!

Lanie's Room

Lanie's Room

Addi's Room

Addi's Room

Media/Bonus Room


Entering master bath

Master bath

Master bath. Toilet on left, hallway to master and Justin's closet on right

Guest room--Who's my first visitor? :)

Living room through to Kitchen

Breakfast area to kitchen, garage on left


Dining room, to the far left is the family room

Another view

Family room

Kitchen through to living room
We will go back Sunday-I wonder if we will see paint? Probably next week...


  1. I think the exterior looks nice. But yes, it's frustrating that you either have to take it the way it is or accept a delay, all when it wasn't your fault. Those foundation cracks definitely look worrisome. I'm sure all they would do is patch them...but with there being that many, it may be worth hiring a private home inspector to get a second opinion. Then you can have peace of mind. Those drywall cracks also look weird, you are right it is probably from the cold air but still, those drywall guys are creating more work for themselves! The house is looking great, hopefully these are not major issues and you can breeze through to closing!

    1. I have thought about hiring an inspector, did you hire one? I can't decide!

  2. Gorgeous! I love the arched doorways! What is going under the roof in the back? Those cracks in the basement do look pretty big.

    1. Thank you! It will be a screened in porch