Our PM was pleasant to speak with and seems to have a good background of experience. We got a cell phone number, email, and the assurance from PM he would call us once a week for a status update, in writing no less (sorry Stuart, still don't understand why that is not the same for yours)! The SR will also send us weekly photos of the house.
I am going to call one of the sub-contractors tomorrow to ask about the HVAC and water heater to get more information like the models and sizing. The PM did not have all that information which I understand since you cannot know every single detail. I was glad and encouraged that they pointed me to another subject matter expert rather than giving me some canned answer. Since I am getting a heat pump I also wanted to see if I am getting a full size furnace with an added heat pump, or a reduced gas furnace just to use when it is very cold.
The PM pointed out that they do not survey and mark the corners of the lots with the metal marker slugs. This will cost something like $200-$300 to have this done for us. I am going to have this done just in case we do decide on putting up a fence. Our 14 year old dachshund does not go too far these days so the fence is not imperative at this point.
Something else that just happened to turn out good (we were lucky) was the fact that the electrical panel, main water connection, and the sewage clean out are all located in unfinished areas of the basement. This is not a matter of design mind you, but just on the orientation of your house to the different utility lines. If you have qualms about any of these things in your unfinished areas it would be good to find out how they will install them sooner rather than later.
I also asked about a few things that I saw on Ryan Homes Cobblestone - Building Our Victoria Falls:
- Drywall is only tacked in place with nails and then screwed in
- The sub floor is glued down and nailed with ring shank nails
- Basement rough-in plumbing venting
- Ours is just the outbound pipes with no venting. We can vent to out to the outside wall (not 100% on that) or we can install an air admittance valve (http://www.toolbase.org/techinventory/techdetails.aspx?contentdetailid=851)
- All non GFCI outlets are AFCI (Arc Fault)
- Window wells have gravel in the bottom that drain down to the drainage system that surrounds the foundation