About midday, I went back again (I currently live very close to the new site) and to my surprise, they were almost done with the first floor!
I stated in the beginning of my blog that I would be totally honest about our experience so I will be doing just that. The other day my husband drove by our home site and snapped a few pictures of the foundation. I immediately noticed that something wasn't right when I looked at the picture. We immediately drove back over to the lot and sure enough I was correct. The guys that poured the foundation did not place my basement window in the right place! The window should have been on the side of the basement but instead it was placed on the back of the basement. Some of you may ask....Why does this matter? Well the answer is simple...Natural Light! The spot in which the window was incorrectly placed would be in the unfinished part of the basement, in which we plan to have that door closed at all times. This would mean that if the window was not corrected we would have no source of natural light in the finished part of the basement at all.
Here is an illustration of the incorrect and correct placement of the windows:
Study instead of Living Room- We decided to upgrade from the Formal Living Room to the Study option. I really needed an office and we would not have used the Formal Living Room, it would have been wasted space.
Finished Basement- We decided this was a must have option. Due to our family size, we wanted enough room for the kids to play indoors and enough space for us to entertain.
Finished Full Bathroom in Basement- This was another upgrade that we selected because most of our family is out of town, this would enable us to have multiple bathrooms for our overnight guests and for our growing family.
Gourmet Island in the Kitchen - This is one of my absolute favorites! It makes the kitchen look so grand. Can't wait to cook in it.
Up Stairs Laundry -The main thing that I can say about this is THANK YOU LORD! I have to wash for 5 soon to be 6 people and it is a drag washing clothes, and having to carry them upstairs. I am looking forward to washing clothes and folding them and taking them directly to the room they belong in.
The day after the hold was dug, they poured the foundation! These guys move really fast. It's hard to imagine this will be my house in a few short months. When I look at the foundation it looks small, I asked my husband "Are you sure this is the same house?". My mother told me that the house appears to look small in this stage because she had a new home built also (not with Ryan Homes). It's pretty amazing to see what actually happens when they build a home.
I didn't know they would get so much done today! The have the hole completely dug for the basement and have began to pour the cement for the foundation!
I must say that I am VERY IMPRESSED with our Project Manager. I feel that we are in excellent hands. I have read some of the other blogs and some of the Project Managers seem to be total jerks. Well I am happy to report that ours is just the opposite.
"C" as I will refer to him in this post, was very knowledgeable. He explained everything in great detail which I appreciated. He also took time to answer all of our questions, and although some questions may have been redundant or silly to him, he answered them all very graciously. I ask a lot of questions and I need to understand every aspect of this process even if it is something that someone else may feel I really don't need to know. I like the fact that he gave us the impression tonight that we can ask him anything without hesitation. He advised us that he usually responds to all emails or messages within 24 hours unless it's the weekend. We have his email, cell phone, and office telephone number. That's all I ask for, a knowledgeable staff, great customer service, and a high tolerance for questions! So far, so good.
Also, tonight at our meeting, our sales rep was there. She's a gem too. It was good that she was there because we went over all the final options and having her there made everything go smoothly. The only snafu we ran into was they had our laundry room in the basement but it was supposed to be on the second floor. That issue was quickly addressed and we continued with the meeting. She transferred to another office which is about an hour away, but she still travels back to meet us because we really didn't want to work with anyone else after she transferred. She has a lot of patience, and she also has made us feel like we can ask her anything. Very gracious and exceptional customer service. Ryan Homes, you are on a roll. Please, please, please keep this up.
We finally received our Dig Date...............................Wednesday, July 27, 2011
OMG, I can't believe the time is here! It has seemed like it would never get here, but it is. YES!
Stay tuned for pics of "THE HOLE"
Posted in Time To Get Started
The normal underwriting process takes about 1-2 weeks for NVR Mortgage. Our process took about 3.5 weeks. I am so thankful and happy that is behind us, now I can relax! LOL
We received our notification via email.
Posted in Official Loan Approval
Despite the fact that I knew we hadn't received our official Approval yet, I did enjoy picking the options for our new home!
Also, another thing that I wish RH would do is set up a design center where you can actually see bigger samples of the choices they have available. Mainly RH has most of the available choices (Cabinets, Counter tops, Siding, Brick/Stone) in the basement of the model. Usually they are small swatches and one cabinet door to see what the cabinets would look like. If RH had a design center it would make things a lot easier. The fact that most of the swatches are small, it makes it hard to feel confident that you have made the right choice. Needless to say,,,,,We did have fun making our selections!
Here are some of the options we decided on:
Cabinets (Kitchen & All Bathrooms)
Wyoming Square Cherry Bordeaux
Formica Butterum Granite
Standard Laminate (We will install wood flooring later)
Standard all over except upgrade in Family Room & Padding
Front of House
Bucks County Partial Stone
Standard Black (planning to sell on craigslist) we want Stainless
UPDATE 07/29/2011: I was quite upset when I went into the Model yesterday and I saw in the basement that they actually had a pretty nice size slab of the high definition laminate counter tops on display now! From the small swatch we saw initially we thought it wouldn't look nice, now after looking at the larger slab this is exactly the look we wanted and we settled for the old style laminate. I will have to follow up with my sales rep regarding this issue. This is what I mean when I say they should have bigger slabs available for viewing. SMH!
UPDATE 08/05/2011: This past week we spoke with our sales rep regarding the high definition laminate and she stated that she needed to check with her manager and our PM to see if it was too late to change. Well unfortunately, she informed us that our PM said that is was too late and that they have a very strict schedule to stick to and we would not be able to change our counter tops at this time............
Posted in Picking Out Options
The next day we received a phone call from our Loan Officer (LO) and he stated "Congratulations, on your new home!".
We were happy and we were relieved, but as you will soon find out, I am always thinking about the next step. After my initial excitement, I began to ask questions yet again, lol! When do we start? How long does it take? What's the next step? What do we do now?
Our LO explained that the next step was to complete an actual mortgage application that would go directly to underwriting so that we would receive our official APPROVAL.
Posted in Pre-Approval
TIP: Never be afraid to ask questions! Don't leave anything to speculation. The time to ask is BEFORE you sign the contract, specifically if the question is pertaining to the contract itself.
Following the philosophy above, we never had any reservations after signing the contract because we asked any question imaginable and we felt comfortable enough to proceed.
The contract signing itself was pretty uneventful. They will have you sign a HUGE stack of papers. Don't let that intimidate you though, just take your time, read everything, and ask questions about anything you do not understand.
After we signed the contract, we were told we would have to submit our initial NVR Pre-Approval application the same day as well.
Posted in Signing The Contract
- At least 4 bedrooms
- No Master Bedroom on First Floor
- Morning Room
- Large Basement
- 2 Car Garage
- Large Kitchen
- Walk In Closets
Let me tell you, when I saw the NAPLES that day........IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! It was perfect, everything that I had dreamed of and so much more. It was the perfect size for our family of 5 at the time, now soon to be family of 6! I could not believe it, I had never seen a house and felt this way. I knew this would be the one!
Posted in Picking A Floor Plan
There was this specific subdivision in our neighborhood that we used to ride through just to admire the beautiful homes. The first time we rode through there, it appeared that the original builder had stop building there before all the lots were full. We always dreamed of living in that subdivision one day, we had no clue what we would see there a few months later.
A few months later, we saw that a new developer (Ryan Homes) had moved into the subdivision and we were ecstatic! We had always toyed around with the possibility of building a home, but that seemed to be a far away dream.
We spoke to a few New Home Builders in our area and we were almost locked in with another builder when I decided to research Ryan Homes.
Posted in Background Information
I will be providing the details of my experience in hopes this blog will enlighten, inspire, and provide insight on the experience with Ryan Homes/NVR. Strap in your seat belts, we are going for a ride!
Posted in Introduction