During our pre-construction meeting our PM said the clearing stakes would be put in that day (Friday.) So, we planned on going out on Saturday to see them. Our PM called me late afternoon Friday advising they didn't get to the stakes yet and it would not be til Monday. He just called to let me know since he knew we planned on coming out and didn't want us to be disappointed. AWESOME: Phone call just to save minor disappointment.
Anyway, we went out today b/c we had to sign a change order anyway. We drove out to the lot and pleasent surprise, the clearing stakes were in. The PM explained these are the four furtherest corners of the house footprint. (For example: if you have a morning room, the back two stakes would go back as far as the morning room will sit, even though the morning room doesn't go all the way across the back. So one or more stakes may not be a true corner of the house, its just drawing the tightest possible rectangle that your house will sit in.) I digress.
Positive surprise right? Wrong. At first glance, our back yard is tiny.
My first thought was, this might be a deal breaker unless they can get us another lot (not really an option due to the developer not releasing them.) We don't know exactly what it will look like because the lot stakes have not been placed yet. There is a berm at the back of our lot due to a street and we don't yet know where our lot ends. I have no idea what we are going to do if we don't stick with this lot. I already didn't like it b/c the street it backs up to (very non-busy but still a street which will hurt when it comes time to sell, especially if area gets bigger and street gets busier.)
Here are pics.
Pic 1: Note the van in the background (up and left of sold sign), which is driving down said street.
Pic 2: This is the view if Im standing at my back door. PM confirmed grading will definately be done so the standing water is not there.
Pic 3: This is a side view showing distance from the stake (back of house) to the berm. There is some room between the berm and the street. On "lot side" of berm, it does not look very high, but if on the street, the berm is higher as street is lower than the lot's ground level. At first, the Rep sold it as having space between berm and back yard as a buffer. Now that we complain about the size of the lot, they are saying the lot goes almost half way up the berm. *roll eyes* So, we won't really know until lot is staked.
This is the one bad thing about the whole deal...the lot. Which is important to us, but not as much as it is to some others. There are litterly only like 12-13 lots to chose from and all but 2-3 are virtually the same: 60x113 and back up to the street. The other 2-3 are on the entrance to our section of the neighborhood, still very close to the same street but worse b/c they are at the entrance to our section which means more traffic to hit my kids.
It's like picking the lesser of two evils. What to do?!?!?!!?
Any HONEST opinions? Don't tell me "Im sure you'll love it" if you don't really think so : )