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Old 05-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #41
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Yeah I always forget about GP. I really don't like that area since it is so close to Detroit, but it's nice if you stay in the little bubble they have down there.
Yeah i dont like it either. They have no restaurants.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:12 AM   #42
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Drove by today and got some pics for the first time since the survey stakes were in. Also took a pic of the initial survey drawing. I never knew what surveyors did exactly, but this stuff is crazy! Got some good news today from the building department. Apparently I can submit for a permit while it is still being reviewed and approved by the homeowners association. Could save me as much as 2 weeks!
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:20 AM   #43
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That is a great looking lot - flat and able to leave most of the trees. Congrats on the project...should be a great adventure!
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:37 PM   #44
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More good news today. Gutters are going to be about $750 less than we had budgeted into our plans.

I need to get some more bids while this good luck is going!
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:07 PM   #45
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Had our meeting with the association today. Not many major changes. How was going to be too tall compared to the houses, so we have to decrease the roof pitch a bit.

Also need to add a few windows but all in all should be just about a wash in terms of cost.
Got good news on our foundation piering. Had $30k budgeted for that and the final quote came in at $18,300!

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Old 07-12-2013, 03:00 PM   #46
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Had our meeting with the homeowners association board last month and there were some changes to be made. Had our architect work with theirs and now I think (hope) we have a design that will get approved next Tuesday at the July monthly meeting. I was really annoyed at first since I thought it looked good before, but I do think it is a much better house now.

All permit applications have been filed. Now the waiting game begins. Realistically looking like we can hopefully break ground in early August.

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Nice! I almost bumped this thread the other day for an update.

Looks great!
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Was nice of the artist to include you in the rendering

Good luck on the approval, hopefully it all goes smoothly!
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Had our meeting with the homeowners association board last month and there were some changes to be made. Had our architect work with theirs and now I think (hope) we have a design that will get approved next Tuesday at the July monthly meeting. I was really annoyed at first since I thought it looked good before, but I do think it is a much better house now.

All permit applications have been filed. Now the waiting game begins. Realistically looking like we can hopefully break ground in early August.

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looks great man.

What were the changes made?
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looks great man.

What were the changes made?
Main things were getting rid of the dormers (things jutting out of the roof with the windows in them) on the top roof, adding the little peak over the front door, adding the chimney instead of just the little "doghouse" that they use for gas fireplaces a lot nowadays, and then adding the room / window just to the left of the main body of the house on the second floor.
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Nice, everything about the house looks just like my friends house he moved into in Okemos. I think he paid 480 but was built in 94 and needs some updating.


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nice, bro! Can't wait to see the house (and gym)
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Gooduck Greg! Can't wait to see the progress! I'm building 25x24 garage/2nd floor living space and is amazing watching the progress.

Also completely jealous of your 11 ft ceilings!

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In the infancy process here too of a build but working with a GC as I have neither the knowledge or amt of time needed for this.

Appreciate the couple of posts right above as I had forgotten about the architectural committee / HOA approval. Sucks that this might push the timeline yet a bit further behind.

One of our concerns is the build process encroaching upon winter/colder weather and increasing build costs. Have your folks mentioned anything about this? Thanks!

This will def help me out in our process as well!


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In the infancy process here too of a build but working with a GC as I have neither the knowledge or amt of time needed for this.

Appreciate the couple of posts right above as I had forgotten about the architectural committee / HOA approval. Sucks that this might push the timeline yet a bit further behind.

One of our concerns is the build process encroaching upon winter/colder weather and increasing build costs. Have your folks mentioned anything about this? Thanks!

This will def help me out in our process as well!


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They tell me that the main concern is getting the basement dug and poured before it gets too cold. They can frame and everything else in the cold. A home around the block from us got built all through last winter. They didn't dig the basement until December. You'll be fine.

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They tell me that the main concern is getting the basement dug and poured before it gets too cold. They can frame and everything else in the cold. A home around the block from us got built all through last winter. They didn't dig the basement until December. You'll be fine.

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@glight.-

Who/what entity approved your home plans prior to construction? Was it the developer, city, HoA...

I'm running into a problem with nobody taking ownership - HOA says "we only do landscape and projects after home build" then developer rep says "city decides...but has no contact for me"

But I'm thinking - what does the city care as long as it looks appropriate in the neighborhood (a developer or HOA function) IMHO.

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Nvm. Read above - looks like HoA is the approving authority?

Rates are sucking now compared to yours. Damnit- wish I was ready a few months earlier!


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Nvm. Read above - looks like HoA is the approving authority?

Rates are sucking now compared to yours. Damnit- wish I was ready a few months earlier!


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In my area the hoa has to approve the plans which can then take the approved version to the township to file the permit. Got denied again last month..... Filing revised plans again tomorrow...

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In my area the hoa has to approve the plans which can then take the approved version to the township to file the permit. Got denied again last month..... Filing revised plans again tomorrow...

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That totally sucks! They take there jobs to seriously. HOA's still need to respect that you own this piece of property, my friend is going through a similar gripe to get a fence built around his back yard for his dog.

You can pour concrete in any weather, they use chemicals to either speed up or slow down the drying time of concrete in extreme cold or heat, and the supplier normally adds this in without you asking.

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