I am so glad that I was warned about framing and how it can make the spaces in your home appear small…. but it is exciting to see it all take shape.
IT GOES FAST! The second floor begins on Monday!!
So you’ve heard me say this in past posts!!! Feeding the field. Before the shovel ever went into the ground, I had already made the final selections for the siding, stone, all doors and windows, and roofing, and who did I do that with?…There’s a new girl in town! Gradison hired a another design consultant, Wendy, who is Ann’s counterpart. From what I understand she has been in the business for many years and can also help out with purchasing blinds and furnishings once the home is completed. YAY!!! She is a bit OCD like myself; she is very detailed and knows what questions to ask when we are meeting with different reps. She also has a great sense of design but on some occasions we have not always had the same vision for a particular space. AND THAT’S OKAY!
But let me warn you now….there are so many moving parts working at the same time. Communication between 4-7 + people can get kind of tricky. There is Ann, Wendy, Patrick, Brooks, Kara, Stacey, sometimes Kristy (and there’s more). I talked to Wendy about it and she said she will work to streamline the system so I don’t pull my hair out! LOL; she totally understood me!
So just to be fair. Later that night I emailed Patrick to discuss the start of dig day and how I was feeling. Just trying to get things back on track and follow the advice of keeping open dialogue and as expected, his response showed integrity and compassion for my feelings. He validated my concerns, offered solutions and gave his professional opinion about the outcome of the project. In a world were customer service is on the decline…Patrick got it right!!!
So what happens on dig day! Kara sent me an email stating the time of meeting at the lot and of course we wanted to go. So we did! We were sooooooooo excited. However, it was not the day we had envisioned. The first thing we were told when we got there, “Well the lot does not have the fall we thought it would so your basement windows will be partially in the ground.” Now anyone that has dealt with me up until this point knew how important those windows were. I changed the whole design of my basement for those windows and I was very clear. So you can only imagine how this Type A, OCD, “I hate change or feeling out of control” personality handled that news. I don’t think I heard anything after that for the next 10 minutes and I think I instantly got nauseous.
What can be done now? Nothing! So let me try to help you avoid this feeling of disappointment and frustration. If I could go back and do it over; I would have asked for time with Patrick to walk the lots before I selected our lot, so that he could have told me which of the lots would have given me the best basement window option because that was more important than the lot itself or the neighborhood.
Moving on…So just when I thought I received the only bad news for the day… Well… then there was a driveway issue. However, I “think” this issue can be fixed so I am putting this issue on the back burner.
Yikes! Could anything else go wrong? Fortunately for us it did not! Whew, I don’t think I would have been able to take anymore unsettling news. So my hubby and I just sat and watched the guy begin to dig our big whole for our new home and by the end of the day he was done. Jason and I went back and stood in awe of this wonderful blessing…and took pictures of course.
Man we have been truly blessed!
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