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The experience of building our first home with Ryan Homes.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pre-Drywall Meeting

Our pre-drywall meeting was last Wednesday (I've been bad about keeping up the blogs this past week..). I unfortunately could not make it being that it was in the middle of the week, so my fiance was there taking a lot of pictures.  Our closing date was tentatively set for April 22nd, but it is pushed to May 6th which is ok. The pre-settlement meeting is supposed to be May 4th, but we worked it out with our PM to move it to May 5th so it is easier for me coming in from out of town to only take 2 days off of work. Our PM is great with how accommodating and flexible he's been :)

Overall it went pretty well and there were a few things that are being changed or fixed:
- Moving the foyer light pre-wire an extra foot away from front wall since it was pretty close to the foyer window
- Moving cable outlet in a bedroom
- Moving a phone jack in the kitchen so that it isn't so close to the light switches and outlet (we may add additional switches in the future for under cabinet lighting)
- The electricity set up for the microwave was not over the stove, it was next to the refrigerator and there wasn't any sort of set up for a vent over the good thing we caught this. They will be placing the microwave over the stove as originally planned.
- This was a bigger deal: My fiance noticed that 4 of the rafters in the 2 car garage were not straight so he insisted that they fix them. They did end up realigning the rafters better to the top support brace.
So some minor bumps..but our PM is throwing in an extra outside light on our 3rd car garage. Don't tell our neighbors :)

We can't believe it's almost a month away. My fiance did stop by the house last night and saw that most of the drywall was already done and the siding was delivered. I can't wait til my next visit in couple of weeks.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

One of the biggest purchases I have ever made..

We have made one of the biggest purchases yet when we got our washer, dryer and refrigerator. We have been looking at the same appliances for the last couple of months waiting for a good deal and are so happy we were able to get a great deal on all 3 appliances from Home Depot this past week. I just want to say we are really happy with how the sales guy at Home Depot was great at finding the best deal for us and we would  definitely go back there for other purchases based on our experience. We went into the store since we saw the fridge we wanted was on special buy for the lowest price we've seen yet which included the 10% off for energy star appliances. When we said we were interested in getting the washer/dryer also, he looked up the price at competitor sites to price match and then gave us 10% off the washer on top of that. He even price matched the dryer from a Best Buy price from a few months ago since it was the cheapest it was ever listed for! Other than that, we were pleased that the delivery is free and there is only a small charge to install the gas dryer. The maintenance plans were also the most reasonable compared with Lowes, Best Buy, and Sears. Each maintenance plan was $99.95 for 5 years (this includes parts, maintenance and complete appliance replacement no deductible) and we got $30 off since we bought 3 plans at once. So we definitely recommend Home Depot..look out for their 10% off sale and have them price match. Check out (this is what they used at Home Depot) to see the pricing history for an appliance. Here's the appliances we got:

GE Profile Refrigerator to match our other appliances

LG High Efficiency Washer and LG Steam Dryer (For the first time in my life I can't wait to do laundry!!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

1st Visit to Our House

Wow! We can't believe how much is completed within the last couple of weeks. It was a nice weekend to go see the progress and do some appliance shopping. It's definitely going really fast now and it will be nice that my fiance will be moving closer to the house to start his job this week so at least one of us will be around to see the progress weekly. I took like 70 pics, but here's just a few. They should be installing our plumbing and electric this week and finishing up with the framing and roof. Our pre-dry wall meeting will be coming up soon.

Stairway in Foyer
Morning Room/Kitchen
Family Room
Owner's Suite