Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Construction: The First Month

From Bella Terra Gulf Shores      Today I had another (the fourth or fifth maybe) meeting with Courtney about when we might expect measurable progress to begin on our RV site at Bella Terra.
Courtney, Operations Manager at Bella Terra
has been here from the beginning... 2008.
Her smile is ever present!
Wayne joined me for this meeting. He usually isn't involved and doesn't care about the mechanics of the process. As long as I am happy, he is happy. But today, Courtney caught up with us walking the dogs and invited us both in for a chat. We obliged.

Her invitation came after my reply to her email yesterday with preliminary lot improvement cost figures. We reviewed what Courtney calls "Lot Upgrades" which includes added concrete, staining of the concrete and the large screened casita. After an initial misunderstanding (about which I was wrong) over pricing of the casita, we paid the initial deposit and completed the agreement.

That was the easy part. The really hard part of this construction project, so far, is the draftsman who clearly resents being bothered with our project. Our project literally cannot get off his desk.  

Unfortunately, with construction business booming, it's not easy to find construction support providers. I feel Courtney's pain -- literally. Make no mistake, her pain is my pain.

In conclusion, I left Courtney with my candid and very poor impressions of this guy who seems illusive, signing his communications only as Robby Miller, Coastal Design Group, Structural Engineering, Planning & Design, Fortified Home Evaluations. I include it here so others can be warned.  

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