Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weekly Update

Just got a call from my PM...here's the schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday and Friday: Framing of 2nd floor

Next week: Starting and finishing 3rd floor framing. A crane will be on site for the lifting of the roof!

I do not have any recent pictures of the progress to date, but I'm sure we will drive by on Saturday.

Hope everyone is doing well! Happy Building :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Lumber Has Been Delivered!

Our sales rep is one of the greatest out there!  He truly aims to make sure that we are happy customers, and that we stay informed.  He took these pics of the construction taking place right now (as I type), and emailed them to us!  We are lookin' good!  The lumber has been delivered, so that should be going up soon.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

We're Making Progress!

Hope everyone is doing well!  So far they have poured concrete footers and formed walls between the homes.  Jay and I drove past our lot today, and we were happily surprised when we saw this:



103D - This is our lot!!! We may not have concrete walls, but we have walls! LOL
 

This is a view of the other homes that already have concrete.


As far as this week's schedule goes, our PM said that on Monday-Thursday, the sewers will be connected to the street, and the water will be connected to the house.  Also, they will be pouring concrete for the basement garage (weather permitting).

Monday, September 12, 2011

This Week's Schedule

So, I received a text from our PM earlier today, and he proceeds to lay out this week's schedule...here goes:

Today: Continuing to dig
Tuesday: Forming concrete forms
Wednesday: Pouring footers
Thursday: ...he didn't mention... :-/
Friday: Pouring Walls
Saturday: Plumbers will be around for the sewers...

Aah! Is this really happening?! The thought of owning a home--let alone, building a NEW home--feels a little surreal.  I can't wait to see the progress! Jay and I are going to drive by on Wednesday evening to take pics.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dumb Question?

Please don't laugh, but I'm a little oblivious and a novice to this blogging thing.  When someone posts a comment on your blog, how do you respond to them?  Do you go to their blog and comment, or do you comment on your blog where the person posted their comment?  LOL...sorry if this is a "Duh!" question...

Selections

Well, this should have been my first post, but because I was so excited about breaking ground, I posted those pics first. 

A little background info:
We signed our contract back in June, and at the time we were given a delivery date of October 2011.  However, our delivery date is now early December 2011.

Jay and I had been looking to purchase our first home for awhile. Surprisingly, new construction was never really a thought for us.  But we were out visiting a friend of mine, and we noticed that Ryan Homes were building a new development!!!  So, we made an impromptu visit to the community, and the rest is history! We absolutely fell in love with the model townhome (our community will have townhomes and single-family homes). Unfortunately, however, there was only one model of the townhome...so, we had to choose the "Inglewood" model by default.  There are two models for the single family: Melville and Michener II.

A few details about the townhome: 2 car garage, approx. 2100 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, and 2 1/2 Baths, 9' ceilings on Top 2 floors, Walk-In Owner's Bedroom closet, Two Tone Interior Paint, Eat-In Breakfast Bar, Double Bowl Stainless Steel Sink in Kitchen, Moen chrome faucets, GE Appliances.

Now, for the selections!!! I was SOOO excited when we met with CTI to choose our carpet, hardwood, tiles, etc.

Kitchen:
Scottsdale Square Maple Cognac 42" Cabinets (Satin Nickel Hardware)
Antique Mascarello (Formica) Countertops
Stainless Steel Appliances (included in package)
Floor: Manchester Gunstock Hardwood
Lighting: 6 Recessed Lights

Great Room
Floor: Snow Cream Carpet
Lighting: Rough-In for a light fixture

Master Bedroom:
Floor: Snow Cream Carpet
Lighting: Rough-In for light fixture
Tray Ceiling included in our package :)

2nd and 3rd Bedrooms:
Floor: Snow Cream Carpet
Lighting: Rough-In for light fixture

Vanities:
Owner's Bath - Absolute Black Granite Vanity, Wyoming Square Cherry Bordeaux cabinets, Stratford Place SD93 Trufflefield - Wisteria/Tortoise Accent Ceramic Tiles

Secondary Bath: White Vanity, Andover Square Maple Spice cabinets, Canyon Creek Vinyl Floor, Almond tiles in shower

Other Selections:
Foyer: Cafe Fidenza Tiles

Carpet: Snow Cream.  We chose to put carpet in the Great Room, the bedrooms, and the study.

Vinyl:  We opted to put vinyl in the laundry room, the powder room, and the secondary bath.

Exterior Features:
Siding Color of House: Sandstone

Front Door: Old Colonial Red

Exterior Accent Color: Almond

Brick Color: Commonwealth

Gutter/Spout: Almond

Elevation "C" Partial Brick, Lot 103D


At the time we signed our contract, the 10 x 20 deck, stainless steel appliances, and closing costs were included.  Our Sales Rep also included french doors to the study and to the deck!

To the far left, are the options for the kitchen. The tile on the bottom is what we chose for the Owner's Bath. The carpet that we chose is the first sample from the top left. The tile to the right (Cafe Fidenza) is what we chose for the foyer.

This cabinet (Maple Spice) and the vinyl (Canyon Creek) are what we chose for the Secondary Bath.
MODEL HOME PICTURES

This is the model home gourmet kitchen.  I really wanted granite countertops, but I found this upgraded laminate (Formica) to be really nice.  I chose this same color.

Another view of the of kitchen.  I think it's just absolutely gorgeous.

Pantry: It's kind of small to me, but it will do for now :) Excuse the little Miss in the pic...our little one had to make sure everything was up to par!

This is the "Great Room." It's adjacent to the kitchen, and we really love the "open" feel. Already, I'm trying to decide how I want to decorate.

Owner's Bath: We have a stand alone shower, and the soaking tub.  I couldn't come to terms with purchasing the jetted tub.  These folks nickel and dime you for everything!

Owner's Bath Double Vanity.  The stand alone shower is to the left of the vanity (not pictured).



This is the study.  We won't be using this space as a study...this will be Jay's "man cave."  I HATE that word.
Back of Model



Outside of Model Home
 I didn't take any pictures of the upstairs and the foyer.

Our Lot!

There will be a lot of construction going on this week (per our PM). I am looking forward to visiting this week to see the progress and posting pics on the blog!

Friday, September 9, 2011

1st Pics.....


After our breaking ground date being pushed back SO MANY TIMES, they finally excavated today!!!  Our PM sent us the pics!!! We are too excited :)