Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yay! New pictures are up....

Hi everyone! After yesterdays wonderful news of being approved of course we went out to celebrate and we all went out to Sushi! We all were in Sushi heaven. =) Here is a picture of our family below.

Abby and my Hubby
Sushi Heaven

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.
Love it!

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. =)


  1. Congrats on moving to OH and building with Ryan! We lived not far from there in Kettering for a year and I worked at Lexis-Nexis. That's a great area - I'm looking forward to following your journey!

  2. Hey Stephanie!!!! Good choices so far..plz send me details or pics about this DECK!!!

  3. Congrats!!!! Looking forward to your blog! where at in Ohio?

  4. Congrats on your approval. Now the really fun part starts. And welcome to the world of blogging.

  5. Your daughter is adorable! It looks like you made some great choices! We did vinyl floors too and they're not bad. I think I'm willing to keep them longer than I was initially.
    Oh, no water softener for us. I don't think we need one.
    Looking forward to your updates.

  6. I love your choices. We picked similar vinyl and also upgraded the carpet pad. Sushi dinner to celebrate looks like fun! I want to hear more about this deck too! We are going to put one on a while after we move in.

  7. Do you have hard water in your area, is that why your sales rep suggested a rough in?

  8. Thank you KM my daughter is my life LOL! She is my little princess. Yes, our sales rep said we do live in an area with hard water and one of the previous neighbors had problems with his basement leaking or something like that due to not having a water softener. She strongly advised us to have one so we are adding that to our list of add ons. I am not really familiar with them since we never needed a water softener before.

    As for the deck I will be stopping by the model today and be taking pictures and for sure will be taking one of the deck. Soon I will add pictures up and you all can see a pix of looks like. Ryan homes have two options the 10x12 inch and the 14x16. The bigger one is not that much different from the standard one. It is big enough to just put a BBQ grill on it but it is nothing glamorous. Hopefully by tonight or tomorrow morning I will put a picture of the deck. =)

  9. Congratulations on being approved! I can't wait to see your house get started :)

  10. This is all so exciting!! I definitely can't wait to see this gorgeous mansion you're building. We will definitely be coming for a visit!!!!!