I'm going to keep this as a running list as I move through the process.
However, there are things I wish I would've chosen (or we did choose and took off). Or things I wish were made available to this model. (HINT HINT RYAN HOMES)
Overall, I love the Normandy, but there are things we had opted not to do that I wish we had done.
ACTUAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE:
- The third attached garage. - We had this on our selection sheet, but we also had to make some choices as to cutting things. This is one I wish we kept. It acts basically as a shed, but seeing it on the other homes in the development, I wish we had it.
- Finishing the back part of the basement - This was SUPPOSED to be my husband's gym, but he decided to take the detached garage. Now I wish we'd finished it.
- Added extra power outlets. (In the garages specifically)
THINGS WE WISH THEY OFFERED:
- Extra trim.
- Pocket doors (I'm still bitter)
- Coffered Ceilings
- Custom painting (really, why if we're spending this much on this do we need one color throughout?)
Everyone says once the framing is done, it's lightening fast and they would be right.
We passed the county inspection which means drywall went up today!
This is honestly been a really exciting time because now the house starts to come together. I've been meeting with contractors daily because there are things I want done before we move a piece of furniture in. I love that I currently live 2 miles from the build, I also hate it.
It's so easy to be like, "oh, I'll run over now" constantly.
Insulation is in, all the wiring has been checked location wise. (I've been really attentive to this). We had counter height plugs go in on the wall against the pantry, which made ZERO sense because we didn't do the hutch option, so I had those moved down to floor level. I also had a few missing plugs where the television chords were, so we had those fixed too. Just weird stuff.
The other thing which I'm kind of sort of mad about is the molding. In our model here, there's this thick 3 piece molding in the dining, office/library, and the upstairs. I love it because it's really beautiful and I noted it when we walked through. Now, the model has all kinds of decorative trim on the chair rail and boxes, which we knew we couldn't have and that was fine. but ... the molding I definitely thought was standard. Apparently not. I'm already spending this much money on the freaking house, I'm not about to spend more for the one piece of molding. It's just frustrating because we were TOLD that was standard. Now, I find out that it's not.
I wish that the PM was involved a little when it comes to the selections because he has been able to guide us more on what we need to have in order to have our house functional the way we want it. Options that we didn't take and wish we had. I'll probably write a post about that later this week. Just things I wish I did that we didn't or things we did that were kind of lame.
One thing I did do, was add insulation to the interior walls around the master bedroom. Why? Because I don't want my kids to hear us, and I don't want to hear them. I love the Normandy, but the location of the upstairs bath and the bedrooms is stupid. Why any bathroom would be against the master wall to me is just ... poor planning. I almost didn't buy the house because of its location. To try to soundproof it, we added insulation on all the interior master bedroom walls.
Hopefully this helps with the sound ... hopefully.
I don't want to hear my son's music when he showers.
We went today after the drywall guys were done and I could cry. It is so freaking cool to watch your house go up. I can't fully explain it, but I'm so grateful I could be here through it all.
Hopefully tomorrow the putty, tape, and all the caulking is done. Then is trim and I think the cabinets ... I think!
It'll all be moving along and I'll try to not bore you with random posts, but it's really exciting, so I might.
Friday was our Pre-drywall Inspection.
Who we had attend:
I've been at the home a lot so there was no big wow moment for me. I live less than 4 miles from the build, so it's easy for me to pop over, which they do ask me to come look at something rather often.
First, I want to say again, our PM is freaking AWESOME. I don't know that this build would be half as amazing as it's been if it weren't for John. He's fantastic. Okay, my PM lovefest out of the way, the actual meeting ...
We opted to have a home inspector on this walk through for several reasons. I've never built a home before, so I have no clue what the hell anyone is really telling me is true, and I am not in the trade industry. So, if wiring, plumbing, and framing is wrong ... I'd have no clue. Also, I'm sort of obsessed with the DIY Network and HGTV, and all you ever see are when they open the walls, it's a nightmare, right? Well, no walls exist and I'd like someone who knows something to prevent that from happening. So, for $250 I now have peace of mind.
There were only a few adjustments we needed to have made in terms of a few 2x4s that were cracked or bowed. The outlets needed to be moved or added. And there was some stupid things that had to move. The one thing in our wiring was we had 1 line HDMI run behind the televisions, and wished I'd done 2. So, I went to Target, got another HDMI chord and ran it myself for $40 instead of the $100 extra the wiring people wanted to run. Ridiculous how much they upcharge for that crap. I'm going to do the same for all my tv's now in that house.
Overall, the house was great. Our PM has been on top of everything, which has made this process really great. I have very few complaints if any.
Our report back shows some things they need to address, things I would've never known were issues, so we're sending the report to our PM today. I'm really excited to see the rest of the things start to happen now. Once the drywall goes up, I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say.
Holy crap this moved so fast.
Last week my husband and I went on vacation, and I was bummed I would be missing the progress. I've become obsessed with seeing something new each day once the framing happened. While we missed a lot, it was really neat to come back and actually see a HOUSE.
The roof is up, the shingles are on.
We got to walk through and make a few adjustments which was great. I have to say, our PM is AMAZING. He's so patient, kind, explains everything, and actually CARES what I think. I was REALLY reaaaaaally unhappy with the attic access panel in the princess bedroom. I don't know why, but it truly bothered me. It's right when you walk in, and I think it's a major eyesore. Put it in a closet! I really and truly dislike the placement. I would rather it anywhere else.
So, today, I made my final plea, and we found another solution that is within code, and takes it out of the bedroom. I'm really happy about this. LOL
Also, we opted for the planning desk, which we regretted and asked them not to finish so that we could convert that space to a butler pantry (For a 5 bedroom house, the pantry is laughable). Our PM agreed to close off the wall for us, and install the two pieces of the desk so that I have a beautiful countertop to store our counter-type appliances. I'm going to have custom pantry shelves installed and make a beautiful area. I'm honestly super excited. Which I wasn't but our PM saved the day.
Our pre-drywall is on Friday, and I'm so excited. Here are some of the inside all framed and done.
I swear, this process feels like it's taken FOREVER just to get here. It's really maddening for someone like me.
Okay, so we had a bunch of progress, felt like things were happening and then we had a TON of rain. However, that wasn't causing the delays it seemed. There were days where no one was touching the house. Then, we'd feel like progress, and ... nothing.
The worst was the framers. Apparently the original team hired no showed 2 days in a row, and were fired. That set us back a bit.
The new framers were hired and BOOM three days of them working and we have the basement, first floor, and second! AHHHHH! Just in time for a damn snow storm to hit us at the end of March. Unreal.
So this is Feb 15th
Which stayed this way until March 14th!
This was March 16th when the first floor was up.
And this is March 19th!
They're really making progress and it's honestly very exciting. I'm like a little kid driving by each day. That's the one really great thing about living so close to the new house, we can check on things much more often than if we lived farther.
My biggest worry is that we're going away next week which is when things are really supposed to be happening. I won't be able to see much, but I'm really hopeful when I get back from my much needed trip, we'll see a whole house and be ready for our pre-drywall. WHICH they said would be 4/2, but then the other day a comment was made like, "well, it'll be that week."
I truly don't function well without schedules and deadlines, so this is irritating, but I must accept it for what it is.
I'm beyond excited because the last few weeks we've finally made some headway.
Our pre-construction meeting was 2/5/18. We met with the project manager, site manager, and our SR. It was a great meeting, they were really kind and listened to every concern we had (which I had many). I fee like, thus far, Ryan Homes has been very patient with me and also explained things so that we haven't been ridiculously overwhelmed.
Some things I'm not over the moon about, but there wasn't much we were able to do at this point. For example, I would've not had the house angled as much. I honestly think it's kind of dumb where it's placed on the property, but short of having the engineers redraw everything and get pushed back another two months, we're kind of stuck.
I was really happy with the communication from our site manager as well. He's texted and called letting us know of the delays we had with beginning. We were supposed to have concrete last week, but the rain delayed us quite a bit.
This was last week:
Today, we went by after our SM let us know the water had dried enough by yesterday to pour the footings and were pleasantly surprised to see the foundation walls up!
I've been sitting on my hands to keep myself from going until today. My husband finally caved and agreed to go. It's Valentine's Day and all ...
Anyway, I feel really excited that we're actually moving a little now. I truly can't wait!
I don't really have much to say except we're still waiting, with very little updates. Although, I guess they can't update anything if they have nothing to say ...
At this point, we're just waiting for the pre-inspection meeting. We were informed that today was supposed to be the start date, but clearly that's not happening. Our SR said she was just waiting on the permits. I'm going to assume the county is being slow with the "snow" we had and the holidays, but that's me just trying to justify my irritation.
Thank GOD we did this with enough time because the house we're in now is a rental until August, so at least if the move in gets pushed back, we're fine in terms of having a place to live.
That said, I want my house.
I feel like we had this rush to do it all and now there's nothing.
I'll update as soon as I have something other than my rambling.
Today I drove by the lot just because ... they've now paved our street, which is exciting, and started to plow the land.
I was told by our SR that we are officially on schedule so look at right after the new year for the official date and the pre-construction meeting. I'm excited for both. Right now it's a lot of hurry up and wait.
I will say that overall, I've been happy with everything, except our flooring/interior people. The amount of miscommunication is insane. NVR so far has been ... interesting. I've read all over the place if we can avoid using them, we should. I do have a company we're going to shop rates with once we get closer to close. I don't want to deal with the mortgage being sold a million times and crappy rates.
Other than that, this is just an update that we're moving along, waiting for permits, and then the fun starts.
I really don't do well with massive-PERMANENT-decisions.
However, I survived.
I did of course change some of the options I had already solidified because once I found what I liked in flooring and tile, it no longer worked. I knew this was possible, so, no big surprise.
Our model has Hardwood (HW) standard in the weirdest places. I knew this was going to be my biggest upgrade. I did not want carpet in the dining and living room. (Seriously, why are builders still putting carpet in a dining room? Dumb.)
I went with the Armstrong - Solid American Scrape Hardwood - Nantucket
This is a photo of what the kitchen all together is. I'm in love. I'm seriously obsessed. I swore I was going to go with the Misty Grey, but I fell hard for this. It has some nice warm tones that I think will help balance the overload of gray that is my taste.
A better picture of the backsplash.
Then to carpet.
This is the most overwhelming. I swear, the options suck too. We went in thinking we would stay with the builder grade and then in a year just upgrade it all. Then the more we thought about it, the more we knew we didn't want to deal with it in a year. I was actually really proud of myself. I stayed reasonable here.
We upgraded to the Level A padding (it has the spill barrier and with kids, I think this is necessary.)
For the whole house, we chose D level carpet in the color Cork Board.
For the basement we chose B level (the bottom speckled one) in Winter White (the name makes zero sense to me, but I double checked.)
This was the most fun I had.
I fell in LOVE with this floor. Then I designed the whole bathroom around the floor. It's more of a long plank where the other tiles are all square. This was what required a major change to the cabinets and granite. But I'm so happy with the change.
Well, I was ... until they told me I couldn't have the gray cabinets.
Now I have to have white.
Which I didn't really want, but, whatever Ryan Homes. You're killing me.
I do think the white will be gorgeous and very spa like. I'll just need to be a little more aggressive with paint color.
Tile was a Level 4 upgrade (which I'm not tooootally shocked). I'm known for being ridiculous. LOL
But bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. I wanted something that is my taste and what a potential buyer down the road will think is classy, beautiful, and nicely done.
I ended up mixing and matching because the predesigned boards were meh. I also did a niche (the built in shelf in the wall) that will have the inside be the pretty decorative stuff I picked. I'm going to live in my bathroom.
Okay, after I was in lust with my bathroom, I had to pick the other four. I had chosen the cherry and the white top, but with changing my master, I then had the counter that I loved back open. So, yeah, changed it again. This is what I had chose, but I'm going back to rethink the other bathrooms. I'm not in loooove with the white overload. I feel like I'm going to regret the white floors with my daughter and makeup. So, this will change because ... that's what I do.
EDIT: I totally did change. I'm so predictable at this point.
I went back to the showroom and changed the floors to this awesome gray tile (I know, I know ... but I like what I like). So, I'm going to stay with doing the offset subway, but I'm doing Expresso cabinets with the Santa Cecilia, the gray floor. I feel like this will just tie in so pretty. I'm excited now.
So, that's everything. I'm not really sure how I feel. Overwhelmed is probably the best way to describe it.
We'll see what I change next and how much I drive my sales rep nuts.
This was the appointment was I dreading.
Like, stick bamboo splints up my nails and leave them kind of torture.
I hate this crap.
However, at the end, I'm so happy. Over the mood.
First, I need to give credit to our SR, Jenny. She's patient, kind, and really does right by the customer. I love that. It's a rare find, but she's truly great. She's guided us with patience (I mean, 3 elevation changes, countless amounts of "I don't know", not to mention my husband can be a peach when I'm a mess.
Today, we went in with a plan. To not be dicks and piss off our SR.
We walked away with our house colors, choices, and lots of good feelings.
What we chose:
We decided to stick with the Normandy Elevation C. On our street (the whole 10 houses) everyone had the Elevation K. We're excited that we'll be a little different, plus we have some ideas to stand out even more.
- Color: Pewter
- Trim: White
- Stone: Fieldstone, PA Sierra
- Door: Black (SO excited about this, even though I'll change this out to something prettier than the Ryan Homes standard)
Here was my easiest part for the kitchen. I'm obsessed with Gray and White. I can't help it. I love the combos and I'm definitely a gray girl.
- Cabinets: White all through the top. Gray on the island.
- Counter: Iced White Quartz.
We have this counter in our rental house and I LOVE it. I love white counters. I love quartz. I love this combo. I'm beyond happy.
The floors I'm thinking Misty Gray, but I'm afraid I'll be gray overload. But ... we'll see. I like the model's choices of a little brown to give some warmth. The 18th should be a hoot for my husband who somehow managed to not kill me.
He's just happy he got the 4 car garage, so ... whatever. Men.
Master: I knew I wanted the Hazelnut, so that was a no brainer, but the counter I wanted was discontinued ... blah.
I really love the combo I chose though!
Counter: Granite - Santa Cecilia Light
Cabinet: Tahoe in Cherry
Counters: Stone Arctic Ice
Last thing we had to pick today was the stone fireplace. Considering gray is my theme, I knew I had to stick with that. LOL
I really hope I'm not on gray overload, but I know what I like, and I think they're kind of timeless.
The other thing was we originally picked Nickel for the whole house, but with the Hazelnut being in the bath, we knew that would look like crap. Soooooo, we ended up doing Nickel in the kitchen and brushed bronze the rest of the house. Which, I'm happy about.
The only other thing we added were three "red flags" I want a pocket door in the Master Bath, Rainfall Shower head, moving the attic access (it's in the princess bedroom in the middle of the ceiling. Why not put it in the closet? Stupid), and we asked for something else, but I can't remember.
All in all, I'm very happy. I'm looking through Pinterest to see a few more master bath ideas. Lord help me and all dealing with me.