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Old 05-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #16
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imho,they did you a favor by using low sheen .
Think you are right, any paint or floor varnish that has shine to it is going to show every little bump, ripple, bulge, defect etc.
Flat tends to not show those as much, but gloss is real bad.
I'd go with flat.

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:53 PM   #17
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See the OPs other post in the interior decorating section pertaining to an overscaled fireplace. It sounds like their entire home has been built to the point of aiming for a close on the 24th with them meeting with the builder exactly once so far.

Somethun ain't not right? The fireplace looks quite bad but got built apparently without the OPs input and without them understanding what they were agreeing to, etc.

There is some degree of naivete going on here but also something questionable on the contractor side? Apparently interactions have been through the RE agent who, of course, just wants the thing to close so the commission check can be cut.
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Oh , that's sad. I know some good builders that try and do it right. Wish this was one of them, sounds like not..
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:46 PM   #19
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Oh , that's sad. I know some good builders that try and do it right. Wish this was one of them, sounds like not..
Not sure I would fault the contractor totally without knowing more although it sounds too weird. My guess is the RE tried to play project manager/coordinator here and handle all communication between the client and builder and something that may stall the close or get everybody all worked up is about to happen? I just cannot phathom a home being built with only one meeting between client and builder if it were a custom build for the client? Maybe it is a contractor spec home with adjustments or something?
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Not sure I would fault the contractor totally without knowing more although it sounds too weird. My guess is the RE tried to play project manager/coordinator here and handle all communication between the client and builder and something that may stall the close or get everybody all worked up is about to happen? I just cannot phathom a home being built with only one meeting between client and builder if it were a custom build for the client? Maybe it is a contractor spec home with adjustments or something?
Well to try to help you get a better idea of what is going on, is it a spec home-no, however I do think this builder is more used to building more cookie cutter type homes. I had a specific list of what I wanted from the beginning, no changes were made really except stuff they brought up that we never thought about. As far as only meeting with him once, that honestly just sounds like how it works with this builder, you always go through his RE. In talking to one of our neighbors whom built with him too, they had a similar experience/some issues, and basically only went through the RE too. Their stone was messed up, they used the wrong kind inside/outside (switched it around), so instead of having them fix it they offered a sprinkler system instead and they took it. They had some issues with their paint as well, they got the flat that was included but I guess the paint was all dirty or something, they ended up painting the whole place shortly after they moved in last summer.

As far as the na´ve aspect goes, I guess you could call us that, but like I said this is the first time we've built a house and don't know much about the industry in general (I work in insurance and my husband is a teacher and not so handy, lol). We've definitely learned a lot and if we ever build again we'd def. do some things different, starting with doing more research on the builder.

Regarding the paint though - This is pretty much cut and dry compared to the fireplace. We asked for eggshell, we more importantly paid for eggshell and that is not what we got. So we will see what they say tomorrow and what options are given.

Thanks for all the responses, they were helpful!

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Old 05-12-2013, 10:19 PM   #21
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Guys I may be wrong But I guarantee you if I paid him $1200 extra for eggshell it damn well better be eggshell. I really don't care how inconvenient it is for the builder to touch up or fix imperfections. If he couldn't handle it he should have said no and not taken the money.
Agreed - They will be doing something, whether that be to paint it over in eggshell (which I bet they won't want to do), take that $1,160 off our total, or come up with something else. I'll find out tomorrow. Thanks for the response!

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