We had our pre-construction meeting yesterday afternoon, which took about an hour. Basically, my wife and I sat down with our project manager (PM) and our sales representative (SR) and confirmed all the details and choices. The only problem we discovered was that the SR had made an error with the fireplace selection, necessitating a change order. Another minor detail was that the basement egress window needed to be moved elsewhere because it had accidentally been located beneath the fireplace.
Construction is going to take a bit longer than we had hoped. We should still be breaking ground on September 6, but the PM seems to think we won't be able to close until well after Thanksgiving. I believe the long construction schedule is in part because our house will be the very first in a new development, but that's just my guess.
So it looks like we are going to have to stay in our rented apartment for at least another month. We'll probably have to have Thanksgiving surrounded by huge piles of bankers boxes. Incidentally, having moved twice in the space of two years, I can honestly say that bankers boxes are the perfect size and strength for holding household items (particularly books).