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.


Updated: November: I can I'm happy with all the fixes on my issue list. The only thing that wasn't finished wasn't happy before closing was the master bath tile and cabinet in the kitchen but was taken care of by the end of October.

This was for our final walk thru:
My PM is ware of all these issues and is working on get them fixed before we close.
(This list is a lot shorter than before our final walk thru - as he had already fixed bunch of things)
I will update this sometime after closing- As most likely it will all be fixed
Current Issues:
1) Basement

a) Cleanout covered and facing the wrong way

b) Needs to be touched up left front speaker cut out,

c) The outlet in the unfinished area of the basement near the cabling box has a wire running

to the outlet that isn’t rated for the outlet installed

d) Recessed lights is dented

e) Hole in baseboard along wall with window

f) Trim at top of basement door not level with door

2) 1st Floor

a) Mud/Paint Light switch faceplate at front door

b) Corner cabinet damaged in kitchen

c) Family room bar wall where carpets meets vinyl isn’t right

d) Cabinet doors and draws aren’t straight in the Kitchen

e) Bottom trim needs to be touched up in kitchen

f) In Kitchen the counter top lip was installed, but it shouldn’t, (please leave lip installed

where it goes all the way up to the bar near sink, just remove the small 3in lip)

g) Wall bump out between the family room and hallway on the kitchen bar side isn’t square

h) There were squeaks in the floor at the front door area.

3) 2nd Floor Other

a) Very bad caulk job in spare bathroom tub

b) Upstairs hanging light has scratches on fixture facing wall/window.

4) 2nd Floor Master Bathroom

a) Right Sink doesn’t hold water

b) Window on back over tub doesn’t open

c) Door is peeling, painting over it doesn't work

d) Missing soap dish in Shower

e) shower walls have a bunch of chipped wall tile installed

f) The corner tile in tub should be one tile not two tiles put together

g) Grout in missing in spots around tub in master bath

h) Mud needs to be touched outlet near mirror in Mather bath

i) Tub isn't secured and squeaks

j) Tub faucet in master bath there is another chip in tile

5) Outside

a) There are large gaps on where the siding and cement meet at the basement window

b) Rear light and outlet needs to caulked

c) Siding isn’t down far enough down to cover framing braces, noticeable in the rear of the


d) Outlet in back next to basement door needs caulking

e) Attic access in garage

6) All over

a) The handrail in the stairwell has rough joints, nicks, and rough patches on it

b) Doors doesn’t shut well

c) Dirty- All Vents (Should feel air, clean, be in every room)

d) Check All Drywall Fixes (all were marked with blue tape)

e) Recessed lights don't fit well and are rough around fixture

f) Check-in Attic (need ladder)


  1. This is a great idea! I have been taking pictures of any issues we have come across. I was going to create a journal (a page for each room) noting any of the issues we would like corrected. I like your example as it is more detailed and organized. I may create something similar to this if you don't mind?

  2. Thanks! Sure, go ahead. If you are marking the issues on the wall with blue tape you can write the # of issue on the tape. I came up with idea for taking pictures before they close the walls up. A sign in the picture saying what wall it is, then tape measure at the bottom. This will help knowing what wall it was later and exact how far over are the wires/pipes in the wall. I have tested the picture thing to see if you can clearly read the measuring tap but it's worth a shot.