Here's the deal... I am an insurance adjuster for a very well known company. We get claims filed on a consistent basis for structural defects, don't even bother filing a claim, it's not covered under any, and I mean any, insurance companies policy. Wind driven rain causing leaks can occur with any roof. I doubt your shower was built improperly, it was likely a caulking error on their subcontractor's part. You, as a consumer, are ultimately responsible for overseeing the building of your home, if you are building a new home. Just the same as an insurance policy. It's not your agent's fault if you don't have the back up of sewer and drain endorsement on your policy, which provides coverage in the event your sump pump can't keep up and your basement floods. IF YOU DON"T HAVE IT, YOU DON"T HAVE COVERAGE. NOTE TO SELF, CHECK YOUR POLICY AND SEE- DON'T ASSUME.
People today have a tendency to blame someone else for issues in their homes. If you are building, get to know the subs who are working in your home. ASK QUESTIONS!!! Find out why they put wiring where they do, find out why vents are placed where they are.
Heat vents in basements should be placed at the FLOOR level- heat rises. Ask plumbers what other major builders they have worked for, as well as electricians and drywallers.
We, as a society, tend to place blame on everyone else but ourselves. We worked twice with another builder in the Pinecliff/Silverwood community in Cottage Grove, MN. They would not work with us on pricing or building. Lennar was the other builder in this community and their section was sold out long before the other. Everyone I have spoken with loves their home. The other builder has reports of over pricing, wet basements and the inability to get information about when they can expect their home to be done or get resolution towards pricing issues. One family had a wet basement and they had to go to arbitration to get the issue resolved. After a year, they finally conceded and made the repairs.
We are excited about our new home and you can bet Lennar is around far longer than other spec/community builders!
We found a model Lennar was building in their second edition of this community- we made an offer and they came back with a home and price that far exceeded our expectations. The home we purchased is under construction and my background in building allowed me to see they spared no expense on the framing of this home. We will have the first completed home of this particular model in the country and I suspect the home will be as fabulous as the service we got from the sales agent, Catherine.
We look forward to a great new home experience, and will be there to check things out daily to make sure what's done meets code. I have to say, their homes give all the goodies without the charges for them. This gets back to the American ideal- giving 100% because it's the right thing to do!