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Old 06-10-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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We have recently contracted to build a new home with Grandhomes in Plano. While the framing was being done (almost completed), I observed that the framers have not installed "Base Plate Gasket". It is a foam strip that is laid between the Base Plate (Sill Plate) and the concrete (foundation). This foam strip will seal any gaps between the concrete and the Base plate and will stop air infiltration and is offered as one of the many energy efficient feature in today's construction. As per our building specs they are to install this gasket first and then the base plates on top which the whole structure will stand. On bringing this up with the builder and escalating this with the managers from Grandhomes corporate, they have offered us resolve this issue by setting up a meeting with their Construction team and an Independent Third Party Energy Star Company and would decide best alternate approach which will achieve same if not better results. Apart from this, can we ask them any other incentives? If so, what can we ask and how?

As it is their mistake and even if they are trying to present other alternatives, I would have to live in that house and it will always be in the back of my mind that my house might not have been built in a way it should have been.

Any suggestions are highly appreciated !!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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I believe you may have an option to get an independant inspection done by an engineer, check your contract.
If so, get that done and I am sure if it is a problem, the engineer would find out and you can take it up with the builder.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:56 PM
 
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If this is something that will bother you, ask them to rebuild the house on another lot with additional incentives than originally agreed.....If you are ok with delaying the completion by a few months....

Typical example of why a buyer should always be on top of the things while building new.....
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:58 PM
 
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I would not consider any one brought in by the corporate managers to be independent.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:07 PM
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Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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I wonder what else they will fail to do that you will never catch.

Personally, there is only one builder in DFW I would completely stay away from. Care to guess who it might be ?
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:58 PM
 
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All,

As it is their mistake and even if they are trying to present other alternatives, I would have to live in that house and it will always be in the back of my mind that my house might not have been built in a way it should have been.

Any suggestions are highly appreciated !!!
Consult a contract attorney. Topics might include "substantial performance", and perhaps pecuniary damages for what was not delivered.

On the other hand, no new home will ever live up to the buyer's expectations.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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All,

We have recently contracted to build a new home with Grandhomes in Plano. While the framing was being done (almost completed), I observed that the framers have not installed "Base Plate Gasket". It is a foam strip that is laid between the Base Plate (Sill Plate) and the concrete (foundation). This foam strip will seal any gaps between the concrete and the Base plate and will stop air infiltration and is offered as one of the many energy efficient feature in today's construction. As per our building specs they are to install this gasket first and then the base plates on top which the whole structure will stand. On bringing this up with the builder and escalating this with the managers from Grandhomes corporate, they have offered us resolve this issue by setting up a meeting with their Construction team and an Independent Third Party Energy Star Company and would decide best alternate approach which will achieve same if not better results. Apart from this, can we ask them any other incentives? If so, what can we ask and how?

As it is their mistake and even if they are trying to present other alternatives, I would have to live in that house and it will always be in the back of my mind that my house might not have been built in a way it should have been.

Any suggestions are highly appreciated !!!
The missing foam sealing strips are an easy correction using other methods that are common and accepted. The builder obviously will review those with you during the meeting. As for other incentives I'm not sure what you might be referring to? However as stated by others I too would recommend that you do have phase inspections performed by your own third party Inspector. Even the best builders can miss items or make mistakes than can go unnoticed.
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