We blogged about the building process of our house to document it for ourselves and to help others. Our house is finished and we have moved in and we love our home. Building a house isn't a process that goes perfectly, no matter what builder you pick, and this is our story. Every problem we had during the building process has been made right by Ryan homes. This isn't complaint blog, its how we felt at the time of our post during the building process.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


We got to see our resite today. We have been wanting to see this, as it has how our house will sit on our lot, very important. Very happy. Not sure how to read all the labels yet but I'm going to research it so I understand it better. The good new is we got to see it. 

I also wanted to say NVR mortage is great. They always reply to my emails fast, and call me back when they say they will. They have been checking in with us this whole time during the delay. 

We are looking at this delay as a positive because we are saving money every week they delay. Of course there will be a point where it will be negative. We hope to break ground shortly after we close on our current place, around a month away.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Selling our current place

We are very excited to say we have accepted an offer on our current place today. This is load off our back now. Now we hope we close like the offer says. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Update on fire hydrant

I heard back about the fire hydrant. It’s not going to be move, after I was told it could be. I did some research myself and it can be move as long as they are willing to submit a new permit and where they/I want to move it to doesn’t make the distance between the next one more than what’s allowed (1000 feet). I didn't measure, but I understand why they won’t, what I don’t understand is why they lied to us in the first place when we asked where the fire hydrants would be.  It's not an options to change lots they said.

Our other options are selling our 3rd vehicle, parking in front of someone else’s house (rude), or blocking one of the car in the garage. I vote to sell it, lol.

 I won’t be trusting anyone else to help me read the plans after this. This is the reason I wanted a copy of plans. With all that being said I’m over it and letting it go, but I won't forget.


The two most important things when someone else is building your house is commutation and quality.

In the end quality will be the only thing that matters, if we have that I will be a happy camper.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Push back and Fire hydrant

We were suppose to break ground on Monday (tomorrow), but on Friday we still haven't heard back about if our lot signs were up and if our permits were submitted. So we decided to swing by on Saturday to ask in person and to see for our selfs. To our surprise our SR wasn't at the office. He is normal there then, but we did notice that hours changed to by appointment only. So we texted our SR to see if he would be by later, he replied no but asked if we could chat on the phone in about an hour.

In the meant time we wanted to see with our own eyes on the status. I was very surprise how far along the townhouses were, but our street was no where near breaking ground, as it had no road and no lot signs. So we went to find our lot blindly and noticed there was fire hydrant right in front where we thought our house would be. At this point I wasn't sure if it was in front our house. I had asked about this months ago. I asked my SR to point out where the fire hydrants would be in the community, he couldn't said they weren't on the plans. I didn't want the fire hydrant in front of our house so we could have guest park in the street in front our house, with a fire hydrant you can't park 15 feet on either side, so that's 30 feet wasted. So while we waited for the phone meeting I looked at our plans one last time ( picture of plans since we can't have copy of the plans). The plan with the lot grade had a dot marked FH right in front our house. I was 100% sure at this point that the fire hydrant was in front of our house and that we were lied to. 

So when our SR called he explained we wouldn't  be breaking ground until the end of the month now (no exact day), not a big deal.

So told him how we noticed the fire hydrant and that this was not okay. He said he wasn't sure if it was in front our house and to sent him pictures and he would be able to tell, and if not he would ask our PM. He said it could be moved if it was in front of our house. So we sent all the pictures including the pictures of the plan, he replied back he couldn't tell from the pictures and would asked the PM and get back to us on Monday. We told him this is a deal breaker to us. He kept saying it could be moved, I hope it is. The part that pisses me off is that we were lied to, it was on the plan and when we asked they told us it wasn't on the plans. 

We don't know all the symbols and we can't have copy of the plans. So we asked what the symbols meant. We should have know better not to trust the answer it's not on the plans. 

If they move it I will be happy, if they don't then we have to decide if we want to change lots if they let us, which I don't want to do or simple not build in that community. This really upsets me because I really like the community. 


The Town houses

The street they've already broken ground for the models we think
The lumber for the house on the other street
Our street
Our lot from the street, notice the fire hydrant
Our lot  from the back