Thursday, January 31, 2013

One more pic that I forgot

I forgot to add one pic from last visit - the kids' bathroom vanity.  We had originally picked the cultured marble top with the Andover white cabinets, but I thought it was just going to be too much white with the tile and everything.  Looking back, it probably would have been ok since I plan to paint the bathroom eventually, but the wheat granite gives it a nice look right off the bat.  I still wish we would have thought to pick one of the kitchen granite choices - do they even let you do that?

I don't know if this has happened to anyone else, but I had a nightmare that they put laminate in the house instead of the hardwood we picked.  Not that there is anything wrong with laminate, but for a split second there, I thought it had happened and they were going to have to rip it all out and push back our closing date.  Guess the stress of building is getting to me :)

We are really looking forward to seeing the house this weekend.  We haven't heard from our PM yet, so I don't know exactly what has been done this week and what will be done today/tomorrow but I hope it's a lot.  I'm especially looking forward to seeing the flooring and the countertops.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Great visit today!

Well, despite the snow and freezing temps, we decided to take a quick trip up to the house to see what was new.  And there was plenty to see!

Today we saw:

-doors installed (they ordered the wrong door for the office - we switched the side the door was on so that wasn't in yet)
-my beautiful kitchen cabinets!
-mantle on fireplace
-laminate in LR
-tile in kids bathroom PLUS the marble threshold I asked for
-vanities installed in both bathrooms
-hardwood in the downstairs half bathroom
-tile shower and floor in master bath
-all shutters up

And finally some pics...

Kitchen Cabinets are in!

Kids' Bathroom

Fireplace and Mantle

The outside - almost finished!

Master Shower

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Just a quick post..

Nothing really to update today, since we haven't been back to the house since my last post.  I'm hoping the cabinets are in!

Josh and I have just been chugging along, working, making plans for furniture/fridge etc.  We have decided not to buy a lot before we close, just so we can live in the house  a little and be really happy with whatever we decide to purchase.  We have moved so much in the last 11 years that I'm sure I don't know even half of what we have packed away in boxes.  It will be exciting to finally unpack all of our things.

NVR has been asking for more documentation, standard stuff.  But everything still looks good for our closing date 2/25.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weekly Update, 1/19/13

Our family has made it somewhat of a weekly tradition to go up and visit the house on Saturday afternoons.  Right now, we live about an hour away, so we make an afternoon/evening out of it.

I was really hoping to see a bunch of progress today, but our PM had told us that the weather we have been getting over the last few days would hold some things up.   We were supposed to get all of our utilities set up last week, but that can't happen until the ground dries up a little.  They had finished up the drywall earlier in the week, so I was hoping to see some paint and trim up.  It looks like they primed it, but no trim was put up.  I was a little disappointed - I know the weather is probably the reason not much got done, but still...

The good news is that we found all of our cabinets, doors and trim in the garage, ready to go.  So we should see lots of progress by next Saturday. I had to sneak a peek at my Rushmore Maple Butterscotch cabinets, and they were just as beautiful as I had hoped!  Can't wait to see them installed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The little things

We usually only get out to see the house once a week, usually on Saturdays, but our PM has done a good job of calling us when things have been scheduled or what might be going on during the week.  He has even texted us pics a time or two, which is great.

The upside to only seeing the house once a week is that there are major changes week to week, which are fun to see.  Our PM called us yesterday to let us know that they have finished drywall and are moving on to primer/first coat of paint, as well as trim and doors.  Cabinets should be here tomorrow (weather permitting - they are coming from Maryland!).  Due to the massive amounts of rain we have had this week, they couldn't hook up any utilities yet.  That should be done as soon as the weather clears a bit.

We finally made a decision regarding the soap dish.  I know it's a little thing, but we had to really think this through.  We have this beautiful shower, with tile and listello - and we were going to stick a plain white soap dish in the middle of it?  We don't even use bar soap.  Our PM really wanted us to keep it, but we finally called CTI and cancelled it.  We also changed out our marble thresholds in the bathroom.  I found out they use a brownish marble which I don't personally like.  So we switched it out to grey/white marble which I like much better.

Wouldn't it be something if our cabinets were installed when we go visit this weekend?  Here's hoping!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

More progress

I promise I will get some pics up soon.  The house changes so much every time we see it!

We went to visit the house yesterday, and to our surprise they had done ALL of the stonework.  It looks awesome.  We are very pleased with how it turned out.  We were also surprised to see the drywall crew working away on a Saturday afternoon.  They were doing some taping and mudding in the garage.  We didn't realize our garage door had been installed until they closed it to tape and mud above where it sits when open.

The house looks so different with drywall.  I was really happy to see how big our closets were with the bathroom layout we chose.  We really went back and forth on jetted tub vs. no tub and bigger shower.  So glad we went with the bigger shower which also gave us bigger closets.  We aren't really "bath" people anyway.  I didn't see any goodies in our garage yesterday like cabinets or flooring but hopefully they will be delivered soon.

43 days left until closing - seems so close but so far away too!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Drywall has started!

We received confirmation that drywall has started.  Our PM had completed almost everything we needed to have done just before the drywall crew got there.  The only thing he didn't do was move the vent that was placed right over where the bed was going to be in the master bedroom.  So, we moved it ourselves. We also had our ledgestone delivered on Tuesday afternoon, so I hope that will be started soon, too!  Thing are really rolling now.  I am trying to make myself wait until Saturday to see what has been done.

In other news, we received our letter from Ryan regarding closing.  As of now, we are set to do our final walkthrough on 2/21, and close on 2/25!  It seems real now!

I truly think this is the most exciting part of building a home - seeing all of your selections coming together.  I can't wait to see how the cabinets work with the granite and the flooring.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pre-Drywall Meeting today

We finally had our pre-drywall meeting today!!  Yay!!  I wasn't able to go with my husband due to some scheduling conflicts, but I am pretty excited.  Drywall will begin tomorrow, and they tell me it takes 6-7 days to complete, so by this time next week we should have walls and ceilings!  There were only a couple of things that needed to be addressed before drywall.  Our PM had told us that it was no problem to put some insulation between the laundry room and the bedrooms that flank it.  It wasn't done, and since we didn't get it in writing (lesson learned), we had to do it ourselves.  Same with the pendant lighting.  We were told in an earlier meeting that if we opted for recessed lighting in the kitchen, that we could move the cans around to make the pendant lighting happen.  That didn't really happen either.  I am still getting my pendant lights, but we had to do the wiring for those ourselves as well.  So - advice for those who are just starting out - get everything in writing, especially at the pre-construction meeting.  If you are planning to move anything around like outlets and recessed lighting, make sure they will let you and get that in writing too!

We also heard back on our porch issue.  Seems that they won't do anything about the porch - even if we pay for the change.  I am shocked - I want to give them money to fix something and they won't.  It is really putting a damper on how much I like the house.  It looks like we will just have to do it after settlement.  I haven't given up completely yet.

As an added bonus, they completed our siding and put on our shutters.  It looks great so far!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My first blog post, even though we are in the middle of our build...

Well, I finally caved.  I really didn't think I would want to start a blog detailing our building process with Ryan Homes, but here I am.  I have been following a few other Ryan Homes blogs over the past few months, and they have helped me so much with the whole process, that I hope I can do the same for someone else.

So, here's our story...

We first looked at purchasing a home back in May of 2012.  Our awesome realtor took us to a Ryan model home right off the bat, thinking it was a perfect fit for us.  I am a consummate worrier, so I was not ready to jump into building right off the bat.  I thought that before we settled on anything, we really needed to see what else was out there for sale.  So, we looked.  And looked.  And I found myself saying, "wow...this house would be great if only it had (granite, different cabinets, better flooring etc).  So, after a lot of careful consideration of all our options, we ended up back at the sales center of our local Ryan Homes neighborhood, purchasing a Palermo model, elevation B.  We started the process in earnest in August.  We finalized our choices in September, had hoped to break ground in October, but didn't actually break ground until just after Thanksgiving.  We were framed by the beginning of Dec and now, at the beginning of January, we are almost ready to have our pre-drywall meeting.

Overall, we have had a good experience.  Our SR is super nice and accommodating, and our PM has been on the ball with almost everything we have wanted to have done.  Thanks to some of you out there in blog-land, we knew some things we should be asking about.  We were able to do pendant lights, we moved the office door (in the Palermo, it is kind of in a weird place), and we moved the attic access out of the bedrooms.  Our PM has been pretty accommodating throughout.  He's hit almost everything on our to-do list except for 2 things: insulating the walls between the laundry room and the bedrooms that flank it AND moving the no-standard sink in the garage to a different wall.  I'm pretty sure he is planning on doing these soon.

So, now to the not so great stuff.  Honestly, these aren't so bad, but they bother me and I just didn't know to ask.  First, we didn't know that without the basement, we would have a bulkhead containing the HVAC stuff running straight through the middle of the house. I didn't think to ask (how could we have known?) but that is something I wish would have been brought to my attention so I would have know to expect it.  Apparently, county code won't let the HVAC stuff run on an exterior wall.  Second - and this one really bothers me - is the porch.  I love everything else about the Palermo elevation B, but the porch is terrible.  On every other house on our street, the porch overhang covers the  entire top stoop of the porch.  Our overhang covers about half, and I think it makes an otherwise beautiful house stick out like a sore thumb.  It just doesn't look right to me.  I am crossing my fingers that Ryan does the right thing and lets us change it to a full overhang.  After all, it's not a huge change and it would produce a very happy customer in both of us.

On the schedule this week - hopefully our pre-drywall meeting will be Tuesday morning, and then they can start hanging drywall.  Tentative closing date is 2/20 so I can't wait to see some more progress!