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.

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!?

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  1. HI! Our studs are 16 inches apart (oh wait maybe not, 16 seems like a small gab, they may be 24, I honestly dont know) Yes some of the wiring the run very tightly around corners and whatnot and NOT through the framing (will slow them down) but I believe, its to code so nothing you can do there.
    Our windows SUCK!! Everyone complains, we were told they would be double hung at the meeting..............uh maybe the SR needs to understand what double hung are, these are all single hung in our community and you can HEAR everything around here!! They arent the best at keeping out the drafts, we have PLYGEM windows, yes I have had issues with many of my windows leaking so far, some of the very large ones too that ended up with moisture inside of them due to damage of the seal. But they fixed them, but we all wish we had better windows.

    Good luck and keep a good birds eye view of everything and it will all be FINE :)