Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pulte Writes a Nice Article

Pulte wrote up a nice article about themselves  on Urban Turf.

Looks like there will be some higher end options coming into the community this spring. Topping out at $1.2M+.

It will be interesting to see if they can get their subs to deliver product in line with their prices.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Working Group

Just a heads up there is a Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group meeting on October 10th, 2012. That's Wednesday of next week. The Working Group website is here.

This meeting is to go over the impacts of the alternatives being studied.  This is important because one of the alternatives is an elevated track and station that will make our neighborhood start to look like the elevated tracks and stations in Tysons/McLean. If you live in the neighborhood or are considering it, you should take a look at the proposed metro plans. There are three plans under consideration, and the locations vary significantly.

Take a look around the metro site. They have lots of good information.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Low Voltage Network

So "itg" or "Integrated Technologies Group LTD" is the low voltage contractor that Pulte has contracted with to install phone, ethernet, security systems, home theatre installs, and whole house audio.

My experience with itg started off well enough. I had a great meeting with an itg rep at the Pulte sales office. I had a couple special requests, like I wanted Cat6 cable installed instead of Cat5e. I put quite a few network ports in the home and had some fairly complex drawings for the installers.

I'd encourage anyone working with itg to keep an eye on the installers. I caught them trying to install Cat5e wiring in the house, even though I paid extra for every Cat6 drop. My favorite incident happened today when I realized they cut the cables too short to reach the installed coax splitter.

I thought the drywall dust in the bottom of the cabinet was a nice touch.  I'm having all sorts of issues with the itg network install. I'll post more when I have some additional photos. Actually, I think I'll call it network wiring, because without additional hardware, it won't function.

Beginning in Potomac Yard.

I started looking at Potomac Yard back in December and January of this year. I think the community has lots of potential so I thought I'd start a blog to track the progress of my home buying experience.

Unfortunately, I ran into some problems with Pulte so I shelved this for a bit and thought I'd probably just give it up. Now it looks like I may be able to help future buyers know what to look for prior to closing.

I really love our house, so don't take any of this the wrong way. I think the product has strong bones and the neighborhood will have an excellent future and I look forward to being part of it.

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