Wednesday, April 25, 2018

It's All Coming Together

The final 5 days of this house sale are here, and it has not been without drama.
The home inspection found water in the crawl space and that led to having  to 'encapsulate' the entire crawl space, add dehumidifiers, sump pumps and new duct work. The cost to us was significant, and it delayed closing another month. They finished the job Monday and the AC has been on full force to clean the air of any possible spores and today the air will be tested and we await the results...I am praying all will be well and we can close for real on the 30th. Arrgghhh.

 Saturday we moved the last of the furniture to our current house and set it up in the sunroom where it looks perfect. Yay! We have yet to feel moved in, while waiting for the shoe to drop on the other house. Soon, soon. Lots of art work is propped up all over and decorating is on hold because it is ALL ABOUT THE GARDEN.
 The raised beds are in!!! and the drainage tubing is being added today, since we live in a wet area when it rains and a desert when it doesn't. Thank heaven for the good soil being delivered soon. In the meantime, I have changed my mind a dozen times about the plans and we are working on the design as we go along. 
As you may recall from the last post, I was wondering how Nick the landscaper would solve the uneven coursing of the concrete blocks. Here is the sliced block, which does the trick. When plants are in there, it will be completely unnoticeable. I am so excited to have this dream garden coming true.

  I confess, I keep stealing my plants away from the other house and bringing them home. These are pink coneflowers. I truly doubt they will be missed in the garden back there, and the new owner is still getting my beloved Japanese Maples, hosta giganteum, and my blue and yellow baptisia. All are replaceable.


12 comments:

  1. Wouldn't the water in the basement/crawlspace have been the original construction problem??? Perhaps all the houses will have the same problem?
    could be something where you all get money to fix the problem. Home owners's Association???? Lawyers?

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    1. That's what I was thinking. There is usually some sort of guarantee from the builder regarding issues like this. This is definitely a design, construction defect and they should have to pay for it's correction. They probably just didn't figure anyone would move so soon after buying that by the time the problems surfaced, the guarantee timeline would be expired.

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  2. I enjoy your posts so very much. Your garden adventures have inspired several of my own garden landscapes as well. Eager to see the "new" plans evolve.

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  3. I hope everything goes smoothly from here on out and the closing happens without a hitch.

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  4. Joann said what I was thinking. You need to go back to the builder, the house isn't that old and speak with him. Shouldn't be water in the crawl space, and the other owners need to be aware, as well as, the HOA. Maybe get some money reimbursed.

    Sharon in Colorado

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    1. Exactly. If the builder doesn't pay up, you notify everyone. (Do it anyway.) The pressure is on for him to make it right when an entire housing development is against him. The last thing he wants is a legal skirmish with the HOA.

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  5. Take all the plants you want..... from experience I can verify that the new owner has their own plan and most probably it is to scratch the garden!!!!!

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  6. Crawlspace issue: Yes, there are seven other homes with the same issue and our crawlspace guy was contacted by our builder and he will supply a bid on seven other houses with similar or worse crawlspace water problems. We are waiting to see if we can be reimbursed for this expensive fix.

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  7. I hope all goes smoothly now for your closing. We sold our house and moved last year. Waiting for a closing can be agony.

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  9. Mel, I am so excited for you. The sunroom looks glorious, your patio is coming along beautifully, and I love all your seedlings and plants. I am struggling just to get my zinnia seeds to germinate right now. Bummer about the old house and the expense. I know you will be sooooo glad to get the sale behind you. Keep posting, please. I love your garden plans.

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  10. Hope your closing goes well today!

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