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Old 06-20-2006, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hello All,

We've run outta money on a house we are building in Michigan. The roof (flat) is on and the windows are in. I put plywood over the three exterior doors. The house sat through the winter. The mason finished the block work about a month ago. I have the tongue and groove cypress siding sitting in a warehouse and ready to install. The architect was acting as the construction advisor and nearly every aspect of the build cost 50 percent more than planned. I used my life savings on the house and I am sick over this. I can't sleep. I am consumed with worry. I'm trying to get a construction loan and hire a new GC. How long can the house sit in this condition?

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Old 06-20-2006, 12:19 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about this bad turn of events. So long as the roof is on and water tight, windows are in and water tight, door ways are sealed to prevent water from getting in, and building paper or some sort of water barrier is installed over the exterior sheeting it will be fine sitting like that for a month or so untikl you get this worked out.

Good luck and hopfully brighter days ahead.

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Old 06-20-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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A flat roof in Michigan?!
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It's a very modern house. I never wanted a house with a flat roof. It sure looks nice, though. I hope it holds up.
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Take some time off yourself, or pay a knowledgeable carpenter to water tight the structure.

If it's done properly and maintained, it can hold out for some time. However, I'd get the finish roofing on ASAP, winter up there could hurt ya.

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Thanks for the advice folks. I'll let you know how everything turns out.
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How much is it costing?
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Old 06-27-2006, 02:09 PM   #8
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Including buying the old house and knocking it down, we have about 36k into the house. I'm thinkink another 150k to finish.
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That last post should've read 360k, not 36k.
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For you to compare if you are way over spend on your house or you are doing OK, you kind of need to compare with the market value of the house you are building approx. As you are taking risk and all the hassel of building it your own, I would think you should pay somewhat less than the market value, or at least no more... May be you can think in this direction... Being uncomfortable with the Architect: "The architect was acting as the construction advisor and nearly every aspect of the build cost 50 percent more than planned." does have an issue here, rehiring a different Architect or do some shope around or ask for good reference from friends for relatives may not be a bad idea... After all, you are the Boss.
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Hello All,

We've run outta money on a house we are building in Michigan. The roof (flat) is on and the windows are in. I put plywood over the three exterior doors. The house sat through the winter. The mason finished the block work about a month ago. I have the tongue and groove cypress siding sitting in a warehouse and ready to install. The architect was acting as the construction advisor and nearly every aspect of the build cost 50 percent more than planned. I used my life savings on the house and I am sick over this. I can't sleep. I am consumed with worry. I'm trying to get a construction loan and hire a new GC. How long can the house sit in this condition?
I feel your pain and i think there should be government organizations to control these shady builders, who bleed consumers and cause them grief. I am sorry I don't know how long it can sit like that i just thought i could tell you how sorry i also feel for you because i too are consumed with worry but my health is not good over the construction of my house, I think my builder knows how my health is and is intentionally not doing things right to make me upset and kill me.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:16 AM   #12
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Sell the house as it is right now. Minimize your losses.
It appears the architect was not very good at "managing", and you probably weren't much better at executing the physical aspects of building this home.
Or, take a loan. Get a real builder, and stay out of his way. This project was not well planned properly from the very start on all fronts. Any other comments, and it's sugar coating trying to make you feel better. And that will get you into more trouble.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:27 AM   #13
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Ayuh,..........

I gotta believe that rsteve12 has either, Gone Bankrupt,.........
Finished the house,+ moved in,....
Or commited Suicide by Now,........

Considering that this thread is about a Year,+ 1/2 OLD.............
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I wonder what happened?
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:57 PM   #15
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It's nort # 3 ....this dude hasn't got enough b***s to do it. He's a cry baby.

Daddy prob bailed him out.
Bet his father in law had a good talk with his daughter about marrying this i***t.
Come to think of it....bet they split up.

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