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Old 2019-07-19, 10:45 AM
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We have a new build in riverside south and we finally got brick on our house. Strangely though, we’re the only house in this area that has this pattern of brick between the garage doors. It’s two half bricks stacked in between the doors, whereas everyone else’s garage doors have the traditional “running bond pattern”. I’ve contacted our sales rep on several occasions and they’ve contacted the site manager a few times but we have yet to hear back and it’s been over 3

Here’s what our house looks like: (kind of looks like fake abs on a house!)
https://imgur.com/a/fOeZucg

Here’s what it’s suppose to look like:
https://imgur.com/a/7NxGjeP

Any idea what else we can do get this corrected?

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Old 2019-07-19, 01:47 PM
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From our experience, your best option is to just keep bugging them until they acknowledge the mistake. Take a picture of every single house done by your builder and prove that yours' is the outlier. It was pure tenacity and an unwillingness to let them "get away with it" that finally got all our issues resolved with our builder.

And put it on all your Tarion submissions. It might not be something Tarion will care about but it will force the builder to discuss it with you.
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Old 2019-07-19, 03:05 PM
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To my eye, the fundamental problem in both cases is the column is not wide enough for a full brick with no joint. Lets say the brick is 8 inches and the space is 7. They could cut an inch off a brick but you end up with a raw edge which you dont want.

This will be viewed as a cosmetic issue. I dont think you could make a case using workmanship provisions. I am not aware of any standards of practice that would apply that you could claim they dont meet.

fwiw I actually prefer what you have to the alternative. Down the road, this wont stop someone from buying your house.
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I would have to agree that this is not a code violation, a poor workmanship issue, or an issue that Tarion would enforce.
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From our experience, your best option is to just keep bugging them until they acknowledge the mistake. Take a picture of every single house done by your builder and prove that yours' is the outlier. It was pure tenacity and an unwillingness to let them "get away with it" that finally got all our issues resolved with our builder.

And put it on all your Tarion submissions. It might not be something Tarion will care about but it will force the builder to discuss it with you.
Agree with all of this. It is a substantial investment of time and energy but if you keep on them they will own up. They know some people just give up so it is absolutely part of their strategy to drag it out whether they admit it or not. My go to strategy has been to show up at their warranty office in person holding a baby (or two) - very effective!

I also kind of agree with good2know that the pattern isn't any worst than the alternative. Personal preference of course. I have the alternative FWIW.
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Old 2019-07-23, 11:36 AM
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I actually wouldn't be surprised if Tarion would deem this as poor workmanship and I would 100% continue to complain to the builder.

If they decided to lay the bricks like this for the rest of the home, I'm sure Tarion would question the work so why not for this piece.

Also - seems like they just tried to take the lazy way out and cut a brick in hald so they wouldn't have to stagger 2 different cuts.

Keep on them, I'm sure you'll have it resolved especially if they're doing it for other homes in the area.
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Old 2019-07-23, 09:51 PM
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Did you noticed the pattern on the second floor between the 2 windows - closer to the window on the right? Not sure if it's due to the picture resolution, but it looks to me like you have a column of bricks that is stacked and not staggered.

I would definitely ask the builder to correct this.

One of the homes in our community has had their brick laid out, and you can clearly tell that they have not mixed the bricks from different batches properly, there are patches of brick that are considerably more red than the rest that are grouped together.

Let us know what comes out of your discussions with the builder.
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Did you noticed the pattern on the second floor between the 2 windows - closer to the window on the right? Not sure if it's due to the picture resolution, but it looks to me like you have a column of bricks that is stacked and not staggered.

I would definitely ask the builder to correct this.

One of the homes in our community has had their brick laid out, and you can clearly tell that they have not mixed the bricks from different batches properly, there are patches of brick that are considerably more red than the rest that are grouped together.

Let us know what comes out of your discussions with the builder.
In contact with our sales rep and we keep following up. Still no answers yet. That column of brick on top is supposed to be indented in as per Richcraft’s elevation C but for some reason the amount of indentation is apparent in many of the homes near us. Again, likely bad workmanship or laziness.

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Old 2019-07-26, 10:35 PM
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Our home has the same brick pattern as what you currently have.

It looks normal. In the grand scheme of things it's such a small detail, you never notice it in day to day living.
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Old 2019-07-26, 10:58 PM
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I understand it may not be a Tarion issue, and would not have any impacts structurally, but the builder should consider their own quality standards.

If they really don't see this as an issue, then why not build all their homes with that same stack pattern on every column between garage doors on purpose. Are they proud of how your home exterior turn out? Would they have redone the work had it been one of their model homes?
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