Wednesday, February 29, 2012


DH went by yesterday to find the lot had been staked.  We were supposed to begin digging today, but with the forecast of rain, we were skeptical that they would be able to begin.  Got a call from our PM this morning that they are unable to dig today.  Instead, they will dig Thursday and pour the footers Friday.  Here are the obligatory silt fence shots with virtually invisible stakes :)

The empty space between the houses is "green space" that will be our view out the back.  As much as I would have liked a lot without houses behind it, at least we will not have anyone directly in our backyard.

Monday, February 27, 2012

No Stake For You!

At our pre-con last week, we were told that our lot would be staked by this weekend.  So, since we were out that way on Sunday, we took the kids over to see the house staked.  To our disappointment, it was not done.  The pile of dirt that was on our lot has been moved and the black fence was up, but no stakes.  Our PM confirmed before we left our meeting that excavating would begin this Wednesday.  I hope this doesn't hold things up.  I know other bloggers that are supposed to break ground after us already have stakes :)  As long as it doesn't hold things up, I don't really care.  The disappointment comes because we live an hour away from the new house, so it isn't convenient to just swing by and since we did, I was hoping to see something.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pre-Construction Meeting

We had our pre-construction meeting on Wednesday.  We were impressed with our PM.  He's been with Ryan for more than 8 years and has built over 300 homes with them.  He was extremely organized and knew our selections while going through the blueprints without having to refer to his notes, so he was prepared.

We are set to break ground Wednesday, February 29.  The crew that normally excavates in our community was not available, so he pulled the crew from the community he usually builds in so that we can start on time.

We had a few "special requests" that are not going to be accommodated.  He had good reasons for not allowing these requests, but it was still a bit of a downer.  We did find out some good news.  We were not aware that we were getting the 30 year architectural shingles, but we are.  Also, the garage will be "finished" throughout where we thought only the wall adjacent to living areas would be finished.  While he won't allow us to insulate before they drywall, he suggested that we could just cut a small hole and blow in insulation afterwards.

Two things that he does that deviate from the plans that we are excited about: have the access panels in the ceiling of the garage as opposed to the walls of the bonus room and the access panel for the soaking tub in the master closet instead of the side of the tub.

We asked a question that he didn't have an answer to at our meeting.  He said he would follow up and get back to us by the end of the week.  He called me before 9:00 a.m. the next day.  He seems efficient, organized and on top of things.  I hope this bodes well for the build!

Our delivery date is now May 23.  We were originally told May 11, but he explained all of the additions we made to the house added the extra days (morning room, custom finished basement, bonus room, etc.).  Hopefully, we will be able to close by the 25th and have the long weekend to make a good portion of the move.

Our lot was not staked yet, but it is supposed to be done by this weekend.  We are going out Sunday to hopefully see the stakes.  The kids are excited to go the next week to see the big hole in the ground :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Final Changes

Our last and final change was made today.  I was never convinced that the tile we chose for our master bath was what I really wanted.  I wasn't sure that we would be able to change it this late in the game, but our SR came through and let us change it.  We have changed it to:

Wisteria Tortoise Mosaic Border

Stratford Place Truffle 

We also changed all of our plumbing, lighting and door hardware to the oil rubbed bronze.  Our SR mentioned that we are her thickest file!  I bet she can't wait to be done with us.  She has been very patient :)

Our pre-construction meeting is tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to meeting our PM, going over our dates and seeing our lot staked.

Finally, we have decided to switch realtors.  We've had our house listed for 6 months and not had a single offer.  We've also had to correct our listing information (what she originally submitted and then needed an update since our description still referenced Thanksgiving in January), so we are letting our contract expire with her on Wednesday and listing with another realtor on Thursday.  Hopefully, this will help!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Doors

When we visited the model this past weekend, I spent some time in the design center looking over our choices (yet again).   While doing so, I saw a piece of paper showing that Ryan is changing their interior doors from 6 panel to 2 panel.  I checked with my SR today and we will be getting the 2 panel.  I did not get a picture from her, but if they are the ones I found on Masonite's site, we are pretty happy about the change.  We have had the white 6 panel doors for the last 10 years, and the two panel doors will be a welcome change.  The ones I found online are smooth instead of textured, so I hope they'll be easier to clean.  No more cleaning dirt from grubby little hands out of the faux wood grain!  Here's a pic: