Building With Bay West Homes

The journey of building a new house...

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Now that we've been in the house for a little over two years, we've learned a few things. The first is that two years wasn't enough time for our house to settle. The walkway below was created by a company named FT Landscaping. They did a good job, and the framework is secured to the foundation of the house. Much to their surprise, and ours, a few months after they did the work, the stonework started to collapse, and now we have what you see here:

Neither of us knew that would happen, so I don't blame them for it. In retrospect we should have waited longer, but two years sure seemed like a long time!

The other thing we've learned: never buy a white house. White shows everything, and our house has been a dirty shade of white since we moved it. We just got the house pressure washed the other day, and it looks much better. In retrospect, we should have gone for beige siding - something that doesn't show every speck of dust.

Live and learn - that's what this Web site is about. :-)

Monday, June 21, 2004

Things appear to be getting closer to the finish line - we had a meeting with Burt Pelletier, a site supervisor for Bay West. He's a friendly and honest guy that told us he'd make sure things got taken care of, and so far things are getting done. We have an appointment booked this week for the drywallers to come out and fix a crack in the wall. Burt also told us that he'd get our microwave lowered and instead of replacing the cabinets with longer ones (which would be messy), he'd get a piece of wood put in above the microwave that would cover up the space. Sounds good to us! The railings and deck painting will also be addressed in the coming weeks. I really hope things get finished this time...