Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pre-Construction Meeting!

We received confirmation from our SR that our pre-construction meeting will be tomorrow morning!

Any suggestions for things we should ask about or be aware of??

After our meeting this morning, my fiancé and I are more excited than ever! Everything went really well and our PM seems awesome! Our blueprints were pretty much perfect. We only made one change, adding a 3'x3' concrete slab outside the service door in the garage.

Groundbreaking is set for next Wednesday! Closing is scheduled for late August!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


OUR BLUEPRINTS ARE IN! Thats a whole week early! I can't even describe how happy I am that they are here! Our SR emailed us earlier today and said that our pre-construction meeting will be on Thursday :)

Now I need to really get on making a list of questions to ask our PM...Any suggestions?

Sunday, May 27, 2012


We are waiting for our blueprints to come in and I'm getting impatient! I can't wait to see our house and for them to start building. Our SR said that they should be here by June 5th and then we can schedule our pre-construction meeting..I'm hoping they come in this week though

I have the urge to drive by the lot just about every day and see if they have done anything else. I know that they probably won't until after the pre-construction meeting though..

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We have stakes!

I drove by our lot today and saw this..

We have stakes! I'm not sure what they are all for though. I can see the property line ones but I have no idea what the ones in the middle represent...

My fiance and I went by the lot again on Friday and took a closer look at the stakes.  The ones close to the road are the 10ft setbacks and then there are 4 in the middle that say "HC" on them for house corners. We were surprised to see that our lot is actually a lot bigger than we originally thought! Also, our backyard is a lot bigger too!

The lot behind us (in between the two existing houses) has a SOLD sign on it now too!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Good News!

We are approved! We found out yesterday when we visted our SR to change a few things! Also she told us our blueprint should be here by June 5th and then we can have our pre-construction meeting!

In other news, we had our meetings with Guardian and Rite Rug on Wednesday and Thursday.  Here is what happened at each and our selections..

We met with their rep at the model home of our community.  He went over what would be covered in the meeting and all that.  In the end, we ended up adding 4 extra cable/data outlets, the security system, a keypad in the master, and and electronic fire alarm. We put a phone/cable/data combo in the Family Room and in the loft. We added cable outlets to every bedroom.

Rite Rug:
We were excited to choose our flooring options but didn't expect the "included" ones to be so cheap looking.  First we looked at hardwoods and ended up going with the ones we originally choose so that was easy.  Next we looked vinyl for the secondary bath and laundry room. There were about 6 to choose from but only three of them had the bigger "tiles" which we knew we wanted.  Since we have the same cabinets in the secondary bath (Maple Espresso), we chose the one that matched the cabinets.  We also decided to upgrade to granite in the second bath because we hated the white marble. Easy again.  Next we looked at carpet and this was more difficult. She showed us the included carpet and the first upgrade.  We loved the first upgrade but we only have carpet on the stairs and upstairs so it wasn't that big of a deal for us.  We had difficulty choosing the color of the carpet because we didn't want it to be too light/white or too tan.  Then, we chose our bathroom tile since we have the upgraded shower and floors. The included 6" tiles were so boring and plain that we knew we had to upgrade.

Here are all of our selections:

Security System
Additional keypad in Owner's
Electronic Fire Alarm
2 Phone Outlets (Family Room & Loft)
2 Data Outlets (Family Room & Loft)
5 Cable Outlets (Family Room, Loft, Owner's, 2 Bedrooms)

Hardwoods - Turlington Plank E-537 Woodstock
Vinyl - Initiator 66177
Carpet - Baseline 744 Warm Stone
Ceramic Tile - SD92 10x14 for wall, SD92 12x12 for floor, SA54 Mosaic, 380 Haystack grout

Hardwoods, Vinyl, Carpet (and cabinets)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nothing new..

Life has been really busy the last couple weeks.  We are in a waiting game with NVR for our loan approval at the moment so there isn't much to do.  We have meetings with Guardian and Rite Rug tomorrow and Thursday for wiring/flooring. I plan on taking some pictures of our selections if I remember my camera! Until then, not much to blog about..

Monday, May 7, 2012

Thinking about hardwoods..

I've been thinking a lot about our hardwood floors..

We definitely want the Maple Espresso cabinets so we have to find something to match without paying way more for an upgrade. Instead of the Cherry, I wonder if the Saddle (dark brown) color would work? What do you all think? I've been trying to find pictures of the different options together but its not working so well. If we had to do an upgrade to get the color we want, I wonder how much that will be?

Also, I've been thinking about appliances as well. We are getting a gas range but new code says that the microwave cannot be over the range if it is gas.  We have seen the alternate layout on a blueprint and lose a lot of upper cabinet space with that option.  On the other hand, if we don't get the microwave under the cabinets we will lose counter space. I don't know which one is worse! We get the Feature IV appliances in Stainless Steel as part of the promotion going on in our community.  I was looking at the differences between the upgrades and wonder if it is worth the $200 to get the better range (I think the dishwasher and microwave stay the same)?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cabinets and Floors...

We had another dilemma today choosing hardwood floor colors that match our cabinets. I love really dark cabinets and dark hardwoods.

Here is what we definitely want:

  • Cabinets: Maple Espresso
  • Granite: St. Cecilia
The dilemma comes in with the floors..the darkest color option was Cherry. I'm not sure they will look right with the Expresso cabinets and I don't know what to do. We have hardwoods on the entire first floor by the way.

Exterior Color Selections..

Today, Alex and I took his parents to the Milan model home and also started choosing our colors for siding, shutters, front door, garage door, hardwoods, etc...

We also visited our lot and it's the first time we saw it with a SOLD sign on it!

Since today was the first time that we saw all the exterior color options, we had a lot of decision to make.  We weren't quite sure which one we loved so we picked the one we liked the most for now.  We are hoping to go see houses with the different options so we get a better idea of the colors instead of just the swatches.  We didn't think it would be this hard to decide!

Here is what we picked..
  • Siding: Silver Mist
  • Shutters: Black
  • Front Door: Tricorn Black
  • Garage Door: Sandstone
  • Gutter: Wicker White
The other siding color we liked was called Island something...I can't remember at the moment but it was lighter than the Silver Mist but still not plain white.

Originally we wanted to stay away from the really tan/brown colors but now I'm not so sure. Opinions are definitely welcome on this one..

Friday, May 4, 2012

Meeting with NVR Mortgage..

This morning my fiance and I met with the loan officer from NVR.  She explained the loan process to us and then we signed another hundred papers.  Not too much excitement other than she said that everything looks good and we should be approved! We should find out sometime in the next two weeks for sure though.

Next step, continue making final selections (options, colors, etc.) and meet with Guardian Home and RiteRug for wiring and flooring.

We are taking Alex's parents to see the model home at Twin Creeks tomorrow and over to the lot in River Shoals as well.  While they look around we are going to try to pick all of our color options for siding, trim, shutters, and all that good stuff!

I'll try to take a picture of the lot tomorrow so everyone can see!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Signing Day

We met with our consultant on more time to finalize, or try to finalize, all the options we wanted. It took about an hour and a half to make sure everything was right and ask lots of questions.  We then set a date to meet again and make it official!

On signing day, our consultant provided us with all the papers and went through each one with us.  We had previously looked over the Purchase Agreement with our Realtor so we were familiar with it.  Not too much excitement about signing our names 1,000 times!

After signing everything, we were super excited to start the journey of building a new home!

Next up, a meeting with the loan officer at NVR Mortgage on Friday. Also, I got calls from Guardian Home Technologies and RiteRug to schedule appointments for wiring and flooring.  Those will be in a week in a half since my fiancé will be out of town next week.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Where we are..

After half a day of looking at homes and communities, we decided on The Milan floor plan built in River Shoals! We loved the consultant at Twin Creeks so much that we decided get all of our information from her! We sat down with her and got more information about The Milan including included options, included upgrades as incentives, and prices.  We basically chose all of the options that we wanted and generated a cost estimate.

After 6 hours of looking at new homes, we went home to think over all the information we received that day.  We decided to schedule another meeting a couple day later to "take the next step" in building a new home!

How we got to where we are..

My fiancé and I decided to go looking at homes a couple weeks ago. One Saturday in April we set out to see what was available in the area and this is our journey!

Our First Stop..
On the way out to look at Ryan Homes, we stopped at Twin Creeks. We did not plan on stopping at this community but I'm so glad we did! We originally wanted to take a look at the model home to get a better idea of the floor plan (The Milan) but ended up doing much more than that.  We met with the Ryan Homes consultant to get more information about the different neighborhoods and floor plans in the area.  She was such a sweet lady and was more than happy to help us! She gave us tons of information on all floor plans and communities.  She was very helpful in helping us narrow down prices, plans, and communities that would be a good fit for us.  She recommended heading to a neighborhood called The Heights to visit another model home, The Venice.

After receiving all the information, my fiancé and I took the short drive to Kelsey Glen to explore some more.  We decided it was a little far out from the area we wanted to live so we didn't stay long. The model home in Kelsey Glen was too big for us so we didn't bother stopping in to take a look.

Next, we headed across town to look at The Venice model at The Heights.  At this point, my fiancé and I were trying to decide between The Milan and The Venice.  The Milan was the first model home we went to and is a couple hundred square feet larger than The Venice.  Both floor plans are available on the Ryan Homes website if you want to take a look.

After visiting both models within our price range, we decided that we liked the Milan much more.  We still had one more community to visit that offered The Milan floor plan so we headed on over. River Shoals is a gated community in a newly developing part of town. We loved the community so much that we decided to head back to Twin Creeks to get more information about The Milan as well as River Shoals.