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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We sold our old place

We got so worried about our old place selling, as we got off to rough start, but after switch realtors, it started going smoothly. And we sold it. Sad to see it go, but glad it's gone. Condo living wasn't for us, we need a house with a yard. Here are some pictures of our old place. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Closet design

The measurement markings are very hard to read, so here is it with the markings.

Forgive if you can't tell what anything is, i'm no architect. I designed the layout around having the vanity near an outlet on the other side of the way, to make it easy to run the power for the extra outlet and light. 

Reading my design:

The box labeled bath is our bathroom. The box labeled bed is our bedroom. (Not actual size, just to mark where the outlets will be on the other side of the wall)

The long skinny box with wavy lines coming from it, will be a Full length mirror. The wavy line symbolize the space I need to stand in front of the mirror. 

In the top corners and middle right corner will have towers. The two end towers will have a fold out laundry hamper, two drawers and three open shelves. The corner towel will have three large open shelves. There are top shelves, high and low hanging pole between all the towers. 

On the bottom end there will a top shelf running across with the high and low hanging polls. There will be a low shelf and lowing hanging pole attach the vanity. 

Our vanity is the box on the right next to the door with vanity light above it. The vanity will be a fold up mirror to hide the mess. It will have an outlet and light switch for the light above it. 

We plan to build it and cut all the wood ourselves. Wish us luck. Everyone at my workouts thinks this is crazy to build yourself, but, I'm going to try to prove them wrong. :)

Pictures of my inspiration are below 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shopping for things to go inside the new house

Things for the new house

Washer and Dryer 

Samsung 5.6-cu ft High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer with Steam Cycle (Onyx) ENERGY STAR

Item #: 565957 |  Model #:  WF56H9100AG

Samsung 9.5-cu ft Electric Dryer with Steam Cycles (Onyx)

Item #: 565958 |  Model #:  DV56H9100EG
We chose these models because of the capacity and waterline hookup for the steam of the dryer. Normally $1699 each and we got for $1040 each. We got them at lowes using a 10% off coupon, plus they were on sale. We got the pedestals at Home Depot for $165 each (50% off).

New Furinture from Bob's Furniture
2 Night Stands and Chest from the Bentley Collection (chest $399 and night stand each $229)
Mattress, Power Bob with Bob-O-Pedicure Gel King Plush on both sides ($2199)

Aspen King Bedframe ($899)

Grand Prix Power Reclining Sofa and Loveseat ($1578)

Crackle End Tables 2 ($100 each)

Dining Room Table and 6 Chairs ($599)

Thermostat, can control it from anywhere with internet we got it for ($200)

Blinds from selectblinds (max spending $1000) they are cheap and  good quality

Fence, we will install ourselves (max spending $3000)

Garage door opener ($168) we price this out at three different stores Walmart had the best deal!

Salt less Water softener and filter from Pelican, Have one on these in my current place and I love it and will never go without this again, (normally $2049, but we got for $1960 with 8 free pre-filters), if you have hard water this is a must, no salt, no wasted water, no power needed, and cleans buildup if your didn't install it in the first place.

2 Fans, Family room and Master ($164 each)

Morning room light ($65)

Rugs, to protect the carpet in the basement from the dog’s muddy paws, I watch the video for testing this rug with muddy paws/shoes and you don’t even have to swipe your feet, just step on and off, perfect as I know my dog won’t be wiping his feet ($60 for 2)

Door Protection from the Dog

Monday, March 9, 2015

Quality check in

We went to check out our lot and the quality of homes started so far while we wait.


Our lot status: 

We noticed 2 of our stakes were missing from before, not sure what happened. The snow or just construction could have buried them in the mud. The house that they broke ground on that appears to be on our street, they are saying it’s on the other street, as it’s on the counter. They are still working on wrapping up power and water on our street due to all the snow we got, which I understand. It’s looking like we may break ground by the end of month, but that's like 75%. They are referring  to this delay as weather and developers delay. I’m fine with the delay currently, come the end of the month, I hope to be started.

Quality of the homes started:

I was really surprise on the quality of everything that we have seen with the other houses in the  our community. Last weekend was the first time we went inside a Ryan homes house during the building. There were 3 different stages we got to see, drywall, framing, and first coat of paint/counters installed/tile installed. The framing look nice as fare as following code, but it wasn't all positive. I did notice somethings that really matter to me done the way I don't prefer, but it's to code. There was one thing I noticed that was something that would be a must fix, one stud was so unlevel I could clearly see it without a level. Not too bad just seeing that one thing.


The drywall looked smooth and seamless with paint and without.

The tile looked well done.

The ductwork was very well sealed. Very happy and impressed with this, as this very important for saving money while we live in the home.

Not positive 

Low voltage wiring run around the framing and instead of drilling holes in the stubs and running it through the frameing. I don't prefer this because the wires will wear more wear they are tight around corners and be more likely to cut or damage from future work, like nailing the siding. Nothing is wrost then a pinched cable under the drywall, causing problems that you can't find. Did they do this on your house? I may bring it up to my PM before they run it on our house, to see if this how ryan homes always does it.

 Note this was fixed, they were in the middle of running the wires, and it was finished the correct way through the stubs not around. :)

The studs were not 16inches apart on the inside walls, looked to be 24inches. Could cause problems with trying to hang things on an inside wall later, as It would be better to hit a stud twice, one on both sides. Did they do this on your house? 

Note this wasn't on every inside wall, just some.

Note: this wasn't our house we were looking at, they have models started that we looked at as base this off of.

We also got model numbers for HVAC and water heater, something I asked for but no one could provide. I did some research for reviews, I could only find good reviews, so that's good news.

I have heard of problems with the windows ryan homes uses, we weren't sure if they are using different windows in our community then the communities that had problems. If you had problems with your windows with ice on the inside, what kind of windows did you have and did they fix it!?

Water heater



Monday, March 2, 2015

We have stakes

This weekend we went by to see how everything is coming. We were very surprises to see they had broken ground on a house on our street, the first one on our street, but no lot signs yet. So went to look at our lot and noticed it was staked out for where the concert pad goes. No other lot has this currently, so we think we are next in line. The question is, When does next in line break ground? We plan to check on our lot again next weekend if we don’t hear anything in the meantime. On a side note don’t wear your newest shoes to check out your lot. I had planned to wear my older shoes but my husband told me it won’t be muddy. Well what does dirt and melting snow make? Mud! It was so muddy, lucky there was snow to clean my shoes off in, lol. As always pictures…

Our lot, notice the stake on the left and right marking our pad. 

Our Stake

 From the back of our lot. Our lot will be past the black fence.

The first house on our street to break ground.