Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Counting Down

ETA: As some of you know, I was concerned that the walk-through and settlement dates would conflict with my trip.  Our PM worked to get our walk-through moved so that I could be there.  As for settlement, we couldn't have the date changed because of the conditions of our loan.  I will just have to leave my trip a day early in order to go to settlement.

Hi Everyone!  It's been awhile since I have posted!  Jay and I took a break from visiting the house so often, but  I still have great news to report.

Our FINAL walkthrough is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM!  I am so excited!!!  Closing will be on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

Oh, our PM mentioned that the GE stove that we were suppose to be getting is no longer being manufactured, so we are actually going to get an upgraded model :)  I'm excited to see what it looks like!

As our home building process is nearing completion, I have to say that our PM and our SR are two of the greatest representatives for Ryan Homes.  They have truly worked with us to ensure that we were happy customers. I've read and heard stories of PMs who didn't put the customer first or who didn't go the extra mile to make their customers happy, and I'm really grateful that our PM kept us in the loop with weekly phone calls (sometimes 2 calls/week).  As a piece of advice, if you feel that you aren't being updated with the details of your home construction, say something!  IT'S YOUR HOME, and YOU are paying for a service.  Ultimately, it's you and your family that has to live in the home, so you want to be sure that you are satisfied with everything.

At any rate, I will post pictures next week after the walkthrough.  Also, Jay and I have been thinking about getting an independent inspector to accompany us at the walkthrough...but we are unsure.  Suggestions??

Until next time, HAPPY BUILDING :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Weekly Update w/ Pictures

Hi All! Happy Friday!  It's a long weekend ahead--thank God!  We stopped by the house today, and they have completed so much!

They started the deck this past Tuesday (11/8/11), and they hope to complete it by next Tuesday (11/15/11).  The exterior features of the home (brick and vinyl) have been completed.  All the tiles have been laid throughout the house.  PM mentioned that he noticed the workers laid some of the accent tiles in my bathroom a little sloppy, so he is ON IT! That will be fixed.  All cabinets have been installed as well.  The second coat of paint has been completed, also.

Friday: Wash the brick using some type of acid mixture to make the brick look pretty :).  Guardian will also be installing the keypads.  We will have a security keypad in the foyer and in the master bedroom.

Next Week: PM said they are waiting on the gas to be connected.  Once that happens, they can begin pouring concrete for the front stoop, sidewalk, and begin landscaping.  They will also be installing light fixtures, more flooring (tiles in foyer, hardwood in kitchen), and the toilets will also be installed.

The house looks great, in my opinion.  I noticed the errors in the tile in the master bedroom.  There were multiple cracks in the accent tiles, but they will get fixed.  Enjoy the pictures :)

Front of the house
Coat Closet in Foyer

Laundry Room (sorry for blurry pic)
My kitchen!  I love it!!!  The only regret is that I wish I would have chosen the glass doors on the island; they look so pretty, but I was being cheap.


View of Great Room - Double Moulding would have been nice, but I guess we can do that for cheaper at a later date.
View of Great Room from kitchen.

Master Tub; there are SEVERAL broken pieces of tiles on the accent tiles...but, those will get replaced.

Vanity in Master Bath - Absolute Black Granite Countertop and Cherry Bordeaux Cabinets
Accent Tile in Tub - I'm sure you can see the issue with these tiles.  It's uneven!
Master Shower - My issue with this is why doesn't the accent tile extend all the way to the right?

Cardboard is protecting the tiles, but they're laid diagonally.
Tray ceiling in master bedroom with molding--can't wait to get this painted!
View of room from bathroom
Another view of room
Master Closet
Master Closet

Secondary Bath-- we opted for the almond tiles as opposed to the white.
Secondary Bath

Second Bedroom
Second Bedroom
Closet in Second Bedroom
Third Bedroom

Third Bedroom Closet
Third Bedroom

Staircase leading to Great Room
View of Great Room from Stairs
View of Powder Room
Powder Room
View of Great Room and Kitchen

Stairs leading to Foyer
I know there are a lot of pictures of the kitchen, but I am absolutely in love with it.
Space for Dishwasher
Space for gas range and microwave
View of recessed lights

Stairs leading to Foyer

Foyer-- door to the right is the boiler room.  Door straight ahead is the garage
Working on the deck