Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Look for the Details and Demand Perfection

Look for the Details and Demand Perfection

Many of you know that I'm building a new house.  No, I have not closed on this house yet... we're only 3 months behind! 

Here is a picture of the front of the house last week.

Here is a picture of the front of the house yesterday.

What?  You can't see the difference?  Is it only me??  Am I being too picky?  Now, take another look. 

Here is the front of the house from last week.  Look at the middle.  Do the bricks line up?  Look at the nice, straight, red lines I drew.  Do you see that each line on the far right and far left line up, but as you move towards the middle, that they don't line up anymore?

Now, here's another picture of the house from yesterday.  Looks awesome doesn't it!

Yes, this put us further behind as we were going to close TODAY, but is it too much to demand perfection?  I think not!  This is my largest purchase ever, and I want it done correctly!  I hope everyone always looks for the details and demands perfection with things like this.

Comment balloon 19 commentsDonna Harris • April 17 2009 01:14PM

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It is a beautiful home.  I bet you are excited to get it finished and finally be able to move into your dream home.  Best of luck with it.

Posted by Cherry Wings Realty, Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor (Cherry Wings Realty) over 9 years ago

When I built my home 12 years ago in Weston Fla, I actually sat down right in the middle of the driveway during the work because they were putting the pavers in the wrong pattern. Nobody spoke English so you can imagine the look on the faces of the workmen while I sat there on my cell phone trying to locate the foreman....This was after having to sit in the bathroom the week before because the cabinets were wrong.....What is the lesson??...if you are building a home you MUST be present...I can not imagine what would have happened if we did not live locally while the house was under construction...

Good luck...and Happy Friday!!

Lori

Posted by Lori Isaacson (Credit Restoration Consultants) over 9 years ago

Christine, No excitement yet... too much on the punch list, though we're supposed to close next week.

Lori, My Husband has been camped at the house since Tuesday and he's been talking with his daughter through a webcam so she can see him.  Being 225 miles away from the house has been difficult, but we've been there many times to stop things from going wrong.  ANd yes, we got some wrong cabinets too, along with 3 countertops needing to be replaced.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna... I think you are completely within your rights to expect this to be done properly.  I'd be just as picky with such a huge purchase (or a smaller on, for that matter).

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Wow. I had no idea what you were talking about with the first photos- I was looking for errors around the windows. After seeing the close ups, then returning to the street view, there is no way that the crooked bricks would be OK. They looked horrible. Good for you.

Posted by Laurie Mindnich over 9 years ago

Don't you just love the standard landscaping packages builders use Donna. I bet you could mow that stick with leaves down with your lawn mower. PLEASE tell me Donna & Mike are going to customize that beautiful house with a well deserved front yard?!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Donna, I am so much like you. Demand perfection. It is YOUR money and YOUR house. I like that you have that eye for detail.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Steve, Thanks!

Laurie, No one noticed this for weeks.  I had never seen the house without dumpsters or scafolding so my eyes never went there until last week.  It became very obvious at that moment.

Greg, What you can't see is that there is another Live Oak in the front and those get big so you can't put anymore "trees" , plus I hate trees.  As for the rest of the landscaping, it has been enhanced as I requested "diverse" plants instead of just green ones and I got some dark purples, so hot pink, some yellow... And it's extensive in the backyard.

Gary, That's right! Exactly! Thanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna - lovely home.  And now that you pointed out the difference, I can look back at the first photos and see what you mean.  It is a small thing, but you will always see the defects if you don't get them fixed, so hooray for you for sticking to your guns!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 9 years ago

Sounds very pretty, but why do you hate trees? I hate pine trees, now that they are all around us, but Live Oak? Why?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Susan, "small" is relative as it was actually a pretty big ordeal to tear it out and redo it.  But, I'm happy I made them do it.

Greg, Trees are ugly when they shed their leaves and they leave a huge mess of nastiness that you have to rake up or mulch.  Plus, the Live Oak in AUstin are all diseased with Oak Wilt so we have no idea why they're still planeting them.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

What a beautiful home!  You must be very anxious for it to be done and for your family to be moved in.  I'm curious about something - how did the builder re-do the brickwork with the house so far along? 

Posted by Vicki Pedersen, Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service (Pedersen Real Estate) over 9 years ago

You know, its not every day that you get to build your house from scratch.  Some a lucky enough to do it more than once, but thats not always the case.  You should have it the way you want it.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Vicki, The brick is only a veneer, so it doesn't disturb anything on the interior.  They also have to redo the stucco, though they've already redone it once.

John, I've never built my own house, though I've helped many clients build homes.  I've never had issues with my client's homes like I'm having with my own.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

I agree with you builder want to get away with MURDER and then they get mad when you tell them tehy screwed up! good for you! demand perfection !!! now and always!!!

Posted by Jesse Vasquez, "APPROVED” (Graystone Mortgage LLC) over 9 years ago

Ahhhh, the saga continues!

I hope the closing goes smoothly and ALL the punchlist items are taken care of to your satisfaction.

It does look beautiful though.

Here's wishing you all the happiness that only a new home can bring!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 9 years ago

Jesse, THanks!

Craig, We're closing tomorrow morning without seeing the house... we'll see it later this week.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna:  I really tried not to cheat.  From looking at the first photo... and then looking at the second... I DID notice that the brick above the garage DID look like the mortar had been all cleaned up around it... but I did not look closely enough to see the "drunken brick line" that you pointed out.  It looks so much better now.  I am going to guess that the bricklayers put up that brick in the "before" picture... LATE on a Friday afternoon.  That's my best guess.  But... I am sure when it is finished... you will be very happy there.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Karen, Oh yes, they had to add in the luvour and then stain it to match the front door.  They were supposed to do that months ago but kept forgetting!  When I finally said I was ok without it, they tore out the brick and put it in... and I did comment about urine tests the next time the brick people worked.  The problem is that most homes in this area are stucco and stone, so I don't think the brick layers are as experienced.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

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