|Abby and my Hubby|
It took me a while to figure out how to add pictures up and I apologize if it took a while. Again, I am new at the blogging thing so please be patient with us. I am soo excited to join the others with the Ryan home blog and it has been such a joy reading other peoples blog that I wanted to be a part of this adventure. Warning this will be a long post as I catch up on what has happened from last couple of weeks.
On Saturday, February 26th was the day that we decided to purchase a home from Ryan home alongside with our Realtor. We also gave them our down payment that day and after signing a million papers. After 3 and half hours later we got our sold sticker added on the wall and sign at the end of the day. I remember I was sooo excited but anxious as we still have to meet with our NVR mortgage and things were not official until last night! We had to wait for one week and a half to get our response and boy was it quick! I was told it would be a three week wait. Below are the sticker/sold sign pictures.
|Picture of whole Model we are in 2nd Phase|
|Closer look we are Lot 49|
|It was really Muddy! Hubby took pix with cell from the car|
Ok, here we go with the choices. For the kitchen flooring we chose to go with the standard vinyl. If fiances allow I would love to go with hardwood flooring but for now vinyl is good plus with our little girl she will most definitely be tearing up, coloring and spilling stuff on the floor so for now until she gets a little older we will look into having hardwood floors. The whole first floor will have a darker shade of vinyl while the bathroom, laundry floor upstairs will have the lighter vinyl shade.
|Lighter shade of Vinyl|
The carpet color is standard a thornwood color but we did upgrade the carpet padding all through the house to 6lbs padding which will last us for ten years. The standard carpet is 5 lb which is good for five years. Of course we want to live there much longer than five years so we went with ten.
|Not the greatest color but its good for starter house and wanted dark shade carpet to cover spills.|
Here is a picture of our stair railing color it is Armstrong Sugar Creek Maple. I personally love it. I am so happy that we have stair case railing especially for our little girl. My brother has stairs at his house and Abby constantly goes up and down the stairs. I worry for her if she will fall rolling down the stairs so having a stair case railing gives me a peace of mind.
As for granite countertops we choose the uba-tuba color. Since our fireplace will have uba-tuba I decided to have the countertops match instead of having a different color. I originally wanted a black countertop that that was a upgrade nbr 2 and we have nbr 1. Uba-Tuba was the next best thing choice to match our fireplace mantel.
|Its a small picture but get the idea of the color.|
As for the exterior of the house we chose to have black shutters and black door (we have elevation A with partial brick and siding). Our brick will be a dark red color which is called Seneca Blend. At first I chose the lighter shade red Cennential Red but after driving around the neighborhood I realize in my head the red shading was not dark enough for me and decided to go back and change the brick color to a darker shade and am happy with my choices. I am thrilled that I was able to have my first choice of brick since the neighbor next to me and across from me are having stone color bricks which is perfect! Yay for me us having the first choice.
|Idea what Venice looks like but with different colors|
|Seneca Blend dark Red Brick, Black shutters, door, and white siding|
Other than the choices we made here are a few add ons that we included with our house. We added 5 rough in ceiling fans (4 for all upstairs bedroom and 1 for Morning room), recess kitchen lights, recess lights added over our fireplace in family room (thank you bloggers for the idea), outlet for the stairs as it turns easier to vaccum the stairs, outlet other side of island, and one to add a mount for our TV over the fireplace. Added a rough in for water softener (Our sales Rep strongly suggested that one). I am curious if any of you have a water softener? One light fixture rough in for the living room. I strongly believe in having lights in each part of your house.
We have not met with our Guardian yet but we will have our meeting on Thursday, March 17th so until then I will have more to update and report. Please check back then. =)