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#461758 - 06/29/18 05:25 AM New Construction - Builder ran plumbing through bedroom closet?!
mikeInSeattle Offline
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Registered: 06/29/18
Posts: 5
Loc: Seattle
Hello -

We are building a new home. The builder has decided to run pipes through a bedroom closet making half of the closet unusable. This is not only absurd, it is different from the representations made in the community's model homes. (The community has two models, a high-end and a standard. Neither has pipes in the closet.) For us, the house has limited storage and we absolutely can't have a half-useless closet. Plus the pipes are haphazard (crooked) and ugly. This is supposed to be a luxury home!

We have requested that the builder correct this to match the representations made in the model homes (no pipes visible anywhere).

If the builder refuses to correct the pipes, we do not want to go forward with the contract. We are concerned about our earnest money. This being Seattle, 5% earnest money is a big chunk of change.

If they refuse, I believe we could simply require rectification of this problem as a condition of closing (similar to quality problems a buyer might find during final walk-through). If the builder complies, great, if not, we get our earnest money back. Am I right?

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#461760 - 06/29/18 10:36 AM Re: New Construction - Builder ran plumbing through bedroom closet?! [Re: mikeInSeattle]
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Do the original design plans (blueprints) show some other Pipe Chase to accommodate the floor-to-floor piping ?
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#461761 - 06/29/18 01:00 PM Re: New Construction - Builder ran plumbing through bedroom closet?! [Re: Vermont]
mikeInSeattle Offline
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Registered: 06/29/18
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Loc: Seattle
Hello Vermont -

Thanks for your response.

No pipe chase that I've seen. Instead the other units have these exposed pipes in the garage. They are not just a run of pipes but valve access also.

Thank you,
Mike

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#461762 - 06/29/18 01:11 PM Re: New Construction - Builder ran plumbing through bedroom closet?! [Re: mikeInSeattle]
Bigtoe Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
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There is no way we can tell you if you get your earnest money back or not without knowing what is in the contract. Since it is most likely a contract written by the builder's attorney, the odds are not in your favor.

on a side note, you are not having a home built, you are buying a new home in a builder owned community.
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#461774 - 07/01/18 03:30 AM Re: New Construction - Builder ran plumbing through bedroom closet?! [Re: mikeInSeattle]
mikeInSeattle Offline
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Registered: 06/29/18
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Loc: Seattle
Thanks Bigtoe.

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#461775 - 07/01/18 03:30 AM Re: New Construction - Builder ran plumbing through bedroom closet?! [Re: mikeInSeattle]
mikeInSeattle Offline
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Registered: 06/29/18
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Thanks Bigtoe.

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