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The experience of building our first home with Ryan Homes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Breaking Ground!

We are a little behind and are finally creating a blog!  A few months ago, we found blogs about Ryan Homes and found them very helpful. Our decision to build with Ryan Homes was reassured and we wanted to provide the same help for others out there. It is definitely great to have insight especially since we have never built or bought a home before. So here we go...

Back in November, we started our process. We went back and forth between the Naples and Victoria Falls and finally landed on the Victoria Falls after falling in love with a decorated model we saw in Ohio. Working out the final details and paperwork was difficult during the holidays, but we finally had our pre-construction meeting a couple of weeks ago and are breaking ground this week!

Some Pictures of Our Lot

We are building Elevation D which doesn't seem to be too popular since we only saw 1 completed house in this elevation after seeing several communities in Ohio and Indiana. We liked this elevation the best since it has the foyer window centered over the front door and larger windows on the front left side of the house where the living room is. The front door is also bumped out a little giving more room in the foyer.

Elevation D

Our Options: 
- Included full-brick front and HardiePlank siding
- 3 car garage - front entry
- Unfinished basement w/ bathroom plumbing rough-in
- 4' extension in family room with 3 windows on back wall
- Stone fireplace
- Morning Room with side windows
- Gourmet island in kitchen
- 42" cherry bordeaux cabinets in kitchen
- Tray ceiling in owner's suite

More pictures and updates to come...


  1. Yay, another Victoria Falls. Elevation D, that's fancy. My husband confirmed that ground has been broken. I'll update our blog with pics after work.

  2. sooooo awesome....a 3 car garage my gosh!!!! Congrats!!

  3. Thanks for the comments!! More pictures of our breaking ground to come.

  4. Welcome to our little blogging family and Congratulations! It sounds like your house is going to be amazing! I really love the Victoria Falls! You chose some great options. So glad to have another blog to follow!

  5. Thanks km! We are very excited to be a part of the blogging family.

  6. Congrats and welcome to the Ryan Homes blogging world. Our little family is growing almost daily now...getting close to 30 blogs to follow now.

  7. I am doing elevation D as well! I knew that house looked like the one I picked! I thought I was doing C! Wow I have not found any in my area either! We are doing side entry garage and brick so will look a little different. I can't wait to watch your progress. Not sure when we break ground yet but we are scheduled for a June 20th closing. I am so glad I found this much fun and information!

  8. Your home is going to be gorgeous!!! Congrats : )

  9. We just tried to add 3 car garage and can't ! I am so is crazy what you can do in one area and not another! They said we can't do 3 car front entry on this house and our lot can't hold a 3 car side entry:( I can't wait to see some pics! What color brick id you pick?