When we signed our Purchase Agreement we were under the impression that the lot offered to us through the Home of the Month would be graded relatively flat. That was a huge deciding factor for us. Our priority list consisted mostly of the ease-ability of our home. We didn't care what the outside of our house looked like as much as how much work would be needed to manage the yard, the size, and the usability of it. We didn't care so much that we didn't end up with the initial model we wanted because we would be able to finish a portion of the house we initially thought we wouldn't be able to afford. Up until the Pre-Construction meeting we were given the impression that this home fit into our dream home. We budgeted based on the impressions we were given. To find out the day before ground breaking that one corner of our lot was nearly 5 feet or more higher than the other and that we would not have a lot close to flat was shocking.
Initial impressions given were to a flat lot
Unmanageable severe sloping grade in the rear and side of house
Unmanageable sloshy swales after rain in the rear and side of house
Planned concrete patio off morning room
On Tuesday morning I met with the SR, PM, the Sales Manager, and the General Manager with Ryan Homes on the lot. I expressed my concerns with the grading of the lot. I didn't believe that we could manage the slope of the lot nor did we want the proposed swales that we were going to need in order to drain the water that appears to flow from all of the surrounding area to our lot.
They all tried their best to re-explain the grading of the lot. The issue, however, was not that I misunderstood the information that was given to us during the Pre-Contruction meeting, but that it was never even hinted that we would need the lot graded in the manner they were describing. I found it almost unacceptable. The image I had in my head dashed away. It was quite emotional for me.
They explained again and I again assured them I understood what they were saying. There was a suggestion made that a retaining wall could be built in order to level out the lot. I said we would consider it but that had it's very own concerns like it being half way between the house and the property, essentially cutting the usable space in half. It would be 5 feet at it highest point, which doesn't seem appealing to be half way between the house and property line. Ug.
When it came down to deciding... and there was a LOT of debate. Some of it quite heart wrenching. We sided on the lessor of the 2 evils. I'm still suffering a huge disappointment with the lot. We have to re-plan and try to budget in a deck now I believe since the yard will have such a height difference from one side to the other, but I will revisit that with the PM. We are adjusting to the new image and hopefully we'll soon be ok with it. I'm looking forward to seeing the big popsicle sticks turning into a house, trying not to let the disappointment take away from my dream house.