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Exterior

This section depicts a lot of the defects that were on the exterior of the house. They range from simple cleanup and final grade to holes in the exterior, wiring that was screwed up, roofing that was done incorrectly, faucets put in the wrong place – the list goes on and on.

Contractors Involved In This Section:

Andros Refrigeration (Currently their license has been revoked by the Registrar of Contractors – McCreary picked great subcontractors)

McCreary Homes – LJ & Denise McCreary owners.

McNary Company – Mike McNary owner.

Terra Cotta Building and Development Inc – Mike Clark owner. (Also owner of Terra Cotta LLC)

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Driveway

This is an Example of the final grade left around the driveway.

North side of the driveway final grade. (Note the erosion)

Close up of the erosion of soil due to lack of final grade.

Faucets

This is the view you saw when you drove up the driveway. The plans called for the water to be delivered on the north side of the house. McCreary stuck it on the east side instead.

A close up of how the pipe looks when protected for the winter. Wouldn't you love this to be what your guests would see driving up to your home?

This is a clean out pipe for the septic system. McCreary never did final grade so this pipe is left rising way above grade level and just to the east of the front door.

Misc.

The north side of the house. Note the piles of concrete and the junk left strewn about. No clean up, no final grade. When you click on the picture and enlarge it, note the electrical conduit running across the wall in the upper right corner of the picture. New electrical wiring had to be run to the heater in the garage because McCreary had allowed the wrong amperage to be installed.

This is one of the outside air kits called for in the contract for the fireplace. All three non- masonary fireplaces need these air kits to provide for proper combustion. None of the kits were installed during framing. They all had to be retrofitted for installation. This view shows a failed attempt by McCreary to install one. We hired professionals to come out and do it right. Terra Cotta Framing was the contractor who should have installed the vents.

Notice the erosion and lack of final grade around the front porch.

Lack of grade around the foundation.

An example of the mess left by McCreary Homes around our house.

Notice the attention to detail displayed by this exterior electrical outlet. There are gaps between the outlet and the wall.

More McCreary Homes attention to detail. The outside air kits were never installed on the zero clearance fireplaces. Instead we found them still inside boxes in the garage.

Note the problems with the outside grade and the fact that the house exterior still was unpainted even when we moved in.

This is a view of the house as it is being built. Please note the construction of the upper floor. This is where all the water began infiltrating from the top floor to the bottom floor.

Mister Door

This is a picture of the water running down the wall, from the scupper above the mister door.

This picture shows the stream of water continuing over the mister door.

This picture is a compilation of the previous two photos to show how the water came down the wall and over the mister door from top to bottom.

Mister door ( an inside rated door instead of an outside door was used) Please note the water running down the door. This leaked inside the door and soaked the insulation in the Kitchen wall.

Notice the water running down the wall over the top of the mister door.

This is the view inside the mister door.

This is a mister door with the repair McCreary thought of to stop the leaking. He put a piece of metal flashing over the top of the door to stop water from coming in the wall from the scupper above. The metal was so sharp we had to put tape over it to keep someone from slitting their wrist on the flashing.

Same problem – different door.

Roof

Because the zero clearance fireplaces would not draw, McCreary raised the chimneys. This still didn't correct the problem. The fireplaces still did not function and smoke billowed into the rooms if we tried using them.

This is how McCreary left the chimney extensions. They were never boxed in nor were they protected from the elements. In fact the chimney in the family room leaked water whenever it rained.

This is so aesthetically appealing isn't it?

View of the heat pump after being pummled by hail.

Note how badly damaged the cooling fins are because of the lack of doors. Also note the compression damage on the top left.

 

This photo shows the damaged area of the heat pump that was installed on our roof.

 

The compression damage was present on this unit when it came out of the box. McCreary Homes tried to tell us it was damaged during installation. It was not. The heating and cooling company told the truth, that they informed McCreary it was damaged and McCreary told them to install it anyways. Just Another example of McCreary Fraud.

Note the lack of coating and the damage done by water where the coating is missing.

The cable for the lightning rod system had to be lifted up on blocks in order for water to be able to drain off the roof after rain, snow, or frost. The blocks would sometimes fall over and create a dam effect on the roof.

Wiring run across the roof because the smoke alarm was wired into the alarm system correctly and had to be completely rewired in.

Screening put on air vents could block air when it snowed.

Satellite Cables

McCreary Homes thought that bringing the television cables through the exteriorwall and leaving them like this was “good workmanship”.

Because of our rural location, satellite was our only option for television and Internet. We knew at the beginning that the wires needed to come out on the roof where the dish would be located.

This is what we found when we came out to the house one day. Just jutting out of the stucco – holes around it that allowed weather and insects to infiltrate.

Because the wires weren't even labeled we couldn't even tell what room they went to. The satellite installer had to run new cables across the roof and down the side of the house into the living room. Very tacky looking. Not at all what one expects from a “premier home builder.”

Transformer

McCreary allowed the electrical transformer to be placed in line with the driveway so it posed a hazard whenever we backed out of the driveway.

Another view.


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