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.

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


  1. I am so sorry about the damn FH. People/buyers in our plans would switch lots also, so I know that is done all the time, as in your case, your lot "changes" and you are def. permitted to change without penalty or delay. Just so you know too, this is all typical (not the FH) but the delays, I'm always surprised if there isnt a delay.

    I feel bad for some folks in my plan that right smack dab in the middle of their driveway is a man hole cover, in fact, one poor family has a street run off sewer grate at the end of their driveway that SPLITS their driveway in half at the street level, they threw in a tree there to try to cover it up, its the most horrible thing I have seen done by RH.
    Good luck with the FH and keep us updated.

  2. I'm glad we aren't the only one getting delayed. My FH problem seems so small compared to a manhole cover or sewer grate in someone's driveway. It could always be worst. Lol

  3. Your problem is certainly NOT SMALL, its a big deal ya know. A fire hydryant in front of your house.....sucks!!! Id be mad too. Good luck :) Let us know.

  4. I hope they fix your FH and you get to break ground at the end of the month. Good luck with everything!