It's been great. We customized the house a lot with adding sq footage, moving walls, higher ceilings, etc. They have been great to work with. Their communication is very good, they utilize an online application so everything is recorded on changes etc and progress. They mesh with the lender very well online also so every item I can see where the budget on the loan is at. Hopefully this good experience continues. Part of the reason we went with them were their good reviews out of the branch in our area.How has your experience been with them thus far?
Where you building at? I am from OR also.It's been great. We customized the house a lot with adding sq footage, moving walls, higher ceilings, etc. They have been great to work with. Their communication is very good, they utilize an online application so everything is recorded on changes etc and progress. They mesh with the lender very well online also so every item I can see where the budget on the loan is at. Hopefully this good experience continues. Part of the reason we went with them were their good reviews out of the branch in our area.
Is this county or city? I saw you said Riverside off Woodcrest. About 2 years ago, I had the same Native American scam tried on me when I graded in unincorporated Murrieta (La Cresta). The phase 1 archeology study found a god damned rock that the County wanted “protected”. The “tribe” that claimed it wanted me to pay them to monitor the grading. I had some heated meetings with those shitbirds. The County archeologist let me know that I was allowed to have someone else monitor it and only while we moved the rock. I ended up with a student for UCR monitor it and we did it in half a day.I feel your pain. Simple grading project for a house I’m starting. Conditions include a second burrowing owl study, 1 for migratory birds because it’s now breeding season, I have to have a Native American monitor on site for Indian artifacts (that they keep at my expense) and an archeologist for the same type reasons. Fighting F & W item now as well. I used the same argument- you wonder why there’s no affordable housing. I’m hoping lumber will drop during my delay.
Mills were shut for a while, building never slowed. Spent a month up in Washington this summer ~ lumber trucks were running by all day long.
You can be sure they're cutting corners somewhere to try and cover that nut. Reminds me of the thread recently about the guy that didn't want to pay $150 for a window that was deleted from plans but he ended up wanting.Timing is everything.
You guys will appreciate this story.
March 2020 I buy 2 acres in NW Oregon, and choose a builder to build my house. (It's one of those on your lot builders) I get an initial quote for the stock house plans in April, then begin the customization and upgrade process with them. After all the changes were made we signed the contract mid year for a 3,200 ft single story. Then we waited for their engineering drawings/plans so I could get a building permit. Due to Covid, their engineering took longer than expected and I received the plans in late September. By this time lumber prices were on the rise big time, but I was locked in to their pre Covid pricing as long as I could get the building permit within 90 days of receiving their plans. So, I needed to have building permits in hand by late December. Covid caused the permitting process at our county to be way slow, so I hired a permit agent to expedite. (Best $1,600 I've ever spent) The builder let me know that by late last year his cost on just the lumber package for the house had gone up $30k! I was sweating it as if I couldn't obtain the permits within 90 days, then the builder according to their contract could update the pricing, which would put the house way out of my budget. Well, we got the permits with just a few days to spare in late December. The below picture is where we are at today, trusses are going in. I was told by the builder that they have rewritten their contracts going forward, and now there's a spot in there about building materials prices that can fluctuate. It was a stressful time to get this build going for sure, but I'm glad I didn't have to pay the new pricing.
I heard a report that the average home cost $25k more in lumber, geez is that right?