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Old 10-12-2011, 11:29 PM
Location: New York
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I am an architect and have a lot of experience in residential. I would make a few points to respond here.
1. you say not level but as someone above pointed out how much ... it is such that you can tell when you walk across the floor?
2. Fixing something like that is probably going to be a huge job, it will not be easy it will not be cheap and honestly I would expect lawsuits to come of it.
3. Can you live with it this goes back to how bad is it. there are lots of floors slightly off level but if you drop an apple on the floor does it roll all the way to the other corner.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:34 AM
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The pics you posted are hard to tell, but the first one definitely has issues. Those gaps, and the slant (from right to left) don't mean much at that point, but when you go to close a door or hang a shelf, they start to become real problems.

It is typical that the 'trades' hand off problems to the next guy in line: Concrete: well, it's not quite straight/level/plumb, so the framers will take care of it. The framers work with wood that has been dumped on the ground and left to warp in the weather, so their stuff exagerates an already poor situation. It goes on and on, and you the homeowner who are trying to put the finishing details in place wonder why a window in one corner is square to the ceiling, but not the floor nor the wall next to it; or why the shelf you are trying to hang has gaps between the shelf and the wall.

I suspect you have a 'commercial' build on your hands, no? The guy builds tract homes, advertised as 'custom' (you got to pick out the paint coler, etc.) but you paid in line with a tract home. No?

If so, you are going to have a hard time at this stage getting satisfaction from the builder. Should you? Yes. Will you? Unlikely without a LOT of aggravation and lawyering up.

You have three options: Withdraw, and eat whatever it costs in terms of deposits, etc. Live in it and look the other way (very hard to do). Get another contractor to fix it. This is costly, but you don't want the original guy coming back to fix what he previously found to be acceptable. You might save your receipts and get the court to give you your 'added' costs back from the original builder, but then you get into the situation where he says 'i offered to make it right', but you just can't please some people.

Either way, from what you posted in terms of pics and concerns, it aint right (especially if you can see it with your naked eye.)

The concrete guy who posted here is right: it CAN be done correctly. It just takes quality materials; quality workmanship; and money. The difference in VERY gross terms? Probably about $50.00 a square foot, at least.
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