Thursday, October 25, 2012
Home Precon Results
Dealing with my SR can feel a little like playing chess at times, strategically raising questions about cost, options, timelines, and what not, but to his credit, I remind myself of the great job he's done thus far orchestrating the affair toward an outcome we all can benefit from (more about this later).
My PM, I relate to very well. If there is a tangible way to describe it, seeing eye-to-eye may be the result of the similarities between of our jobs, and the level of dedication I recognize toward offering quality over quantity. I'm in the IT industry. I develop complex internet-centric software applications. I seek to harness new technologies and deliver an experience that simplifies the complexity it is driven from. This construct appears similar to a PM role in the home building industry. It so happens, in this case, my PM provided a clear expression of his desire to build an interesting, quality home, and also showed regard for communication as a focus to allow this outcome to be possible.
As expected with each meeting, I received more papers, one such is the plat depicted below. Additionally, I received a lengthy Selection Acknowledgement Report, which covers ever last detail into the construction of my home, and a carbon-copy of the Preconstruction Meeting punch list, which is a document with numerous check boxes stating I was witness to meeting and topics covered.
|Adjusted Plat - Home Placement|
After going through the punch list, my PM and my SR walked the model house, talking about some of the features. I had the opportunity to mention a couple contention points that are of high importance to me, to include:
- A well graded lot
- Level basement
- Properly sealed tubs and showers
- Solid second-floor construction (no squeaky floors)
After, going through the model, we headed out to the lot and took a look at my home placement. I was very pleased with the artists depiction of the home as it's placed on the plat. Very symmetrical! Just like last time, I was also very pleased with the size of the lot. It has a huge span of curb-appeal, with underground irrigation and sod placed near 3/4 of the way back into the property, cutting off about at the backside of the house. The rest of the backyard will be seeded and strawed. The elevation is reversed, the driveway will be concrete, and climb a small lip to a fairly level entry into the garage. The back of the house, the morning room, will be more like an evening room facing WSW, and with the sun furthest South of West in the winter, will provide lots of ambient light through the barren trees.
My PM heard my plea to retain trees, and courteously asked if there were any I'd like to keep. Previously, back at the model, we rehashed the discussion about needing to remove trees because of the likelihood they'd perish months after settlement, probable cause, because they wouldn't withstand the harsh changes to the landscape during grading and laying the foundation. I get that. But, I'm willing to exonerate Ryan Homes for any negligence because there is a chance a few may survive. What is important, is that my PM was willing to work with me. Honestly, I couldn't say at that time, which trees I wanted to keep. So as it stands now, he can clear what he needs in the front, but try to keep as many as possible toward the back where privacy and scenery is desired.
Points that came out that were hence unrealized... well some were clarified just prior to the meeting:
- Having a rail banister in the stairwell was an upgrade
- The kitchen did not include a backsplash
- The driveway would not be concrete
More about my SR...
OK, an awkward discussion point came out at the precon meeting where my SR informed me of his knowledge of my blog. How was he informed? My LO told him about it. So it appears NVR is now present to my publicly-expressed perception of Ryan Homes. In the meeting, I graciously offered to take anything down, or strike out any comments/names if requested. He asked, out of courtesy, if there were any friction points that I try to resolve it first through him before writing about it online, and then stated he was glad I had all good things to say about him, his cutie stand-in, and his other assistant. OK, that sounds fair. But for my readers, and future readers, and other fellow blog writers, and future writers, this is a tale akin to David & Goliath, or perhaps less biblical, aphorisms like The Pen is Mightier than the Sword. There is no doubt that perception detailing the quality of a mega-builder like Ryan Homes could impact their business in either a positive manner or a negative manner. As gargantuan as RH is, especially in today's climate, and the ever deflating value of the dollar, I don't expect the loss of potential business to be a casual affair for them. And while NVR may have "conveniences", I believe they also have padded prices that are obscured such that the less savvy (like myself) are likely to be duped into believing it's somehow a necessary part of the process, or like the "incentive" that somehow it's a good deal. To be candid, while it's going to be nice having a morning room, and I am sure I will love it, the incentive to get it is an insult, a feeling like trickery. But I've talked about all that here, so hopefully RH will review their business model, and treat their clients the same way they wish to be treated. The real point of this discussion, however, is to say I'm beginning to see my publicly-expressed perception is really a counter-weight to the 800 lb. Ryan Homes gorilla, to help ensure we all arrive at settlement clear and satisfied and with good conscience. Stated another way, and as was discussed during the meeting, this is about "balance". If we can all proceed with reason, good faith will arise, and I will glad to canvas the internet with my personal positive dealings with Ryan Homes, ranking them with excellence and honors. With that said, no need to wait, I wish to give my tremendous thanks to my SR for making the deal happen, living up to his word, taking an extra step when I was being difficult, and genuinely expressing an interest in his welfare as a representative of his employer. Thank you!
Now back to the precon.
Tomorrow, I should have a staked-out lot with specific clarity how the my home will be positioned. I will try to decide if some trees will get to stay. Given a better picture into the placement, I should also have an updated set of Chief Architect renderings showing how the lot may be graded, and with these, my PM will contribute ideas, and use them to help shape the landscape around my home. Now that is awesome!
I think the fun is about to begin... Nuff for now, thanks for reading!