Cervelle Homes has built a beautiful home on a beautiful lot with a few inadequacies. We closed on our property built in Sedona section 2 in 2012.
Let me share my experience...
1. First, order the home inspection, you won't regret it. My inspector found two and half pages of irregularities. I use Patrick Skowron locally from Inspections Texas, very affordable and very thorough.
2. Don't upgrade the front door, they are junk. When you slam door shut it will rattle like it just broke. Save your money and put in the standard front door and upgrade after closing.
3. Ask about the post tensioning patch in the back patio before you add to your contract a $1500 upgraded patio and get a 6 sq. ft. patch from the post tensioning. Very unsightful because the contractor was unqualified for the task. We were told by Cervelle that nothing can be done.
4.$32,000 four-car garage and already have two surface cracks totaling about 15 feet in length in the garage area. I walked the other properties and the cracks seem standard on all garage slabs. We were told by Cervelle that nothing can be done.
5. Reversed polarity on six outlets in the room my 2 year old daughter will be sleeping. My inspector found these. I am no electrical engineer but I think it could have been potentially dangerous. Cervelle DID correct this problem.
6. Unequal spacing of rod-iron fence posts very unprofessional in appearance. We were told by Cervelle that nothing can be done.
7. A piece of granite counter top about two feet in length does not match the color or pattern of the rest of the countertops. I understand granite is natural stone and no two slabs are alike, but I have never seen anything like this. We were told by Cervelle that nothing can be done.
8. Door jambs were not squared to match the door. Front and back door had a half-inch gap on one side. Cervelle did correct this problem, reluctantly.
9. Main drain from the AC unit in attack was not attached when put online. So we had a small leak in our attic into our kitchen area causing some minor water damage. Again unqualified contractor doing an important job.
10. No ridge-vent in unfinished/ un-insulated garage attic. My inspector found this and was later corrected by Cervelle.
11. Our first energy bill for December was only $97 and our home is over 2800 sq. ft. I believe it has to do with the spray-in foam insulation.
12. It takes almost a minute, about two gallons of water for our water to get hot at all taps including the dishwasher. Since our dishwasher is water efficient GE Profile, it runs half the cycle before the water gets to operating temperature. It would help if the plumber would have split the line off the kitchen sink’s hot water line. Then we could purge the hot water line before starting the wash cycle. The master bath sinks, shower and tub take the longest because of the length of water lines. The hot water has to travel from the water heater to the manifold system about 50 feet then to the master bath about 75 feet. I have asked a few neighbors and they have the same issue.
If you do decide to build take pictures and videos at least twice a week to document the build process in case a situation arises in the future. Examples would be of the slab process get a video after they tie up the tension cables. Close-ups of the plumbing in between the walls before the drywall is installed. These are scenes you will never see again as the build progresses. Also helps so you will know where all the wall studs are. I did but wish I had taken more.
Hope this helps. This is not meant to persuade you in either way, but rather to inform you on our experience. Cervelle has built a beautiful home on a beautiful lot with inadequacies that will exist for the years to come.