Monday, April 20, 2015


We just got a letter in the mail today from Ryan Homes stating that our settlement date is June 1st! That is 22 days EARLIER than we were originally told! We are freaking out as we have not sold our condo yet. Moreover, we've only had 1 offer which was from an investor but we couldn't come to agreement on price. Does anyone know what RH would do in this case if the buyer's original home is not sold before settlement? I know our mortgage approval was contingent on selling our current residence first.

I guess I need to figure out how to change the date to my countdown ticker......

Saturday, April 18, 2015

She's a Brick.... House!

So much has happened since we last updated. The house is coming along so nice. On Easter we went by and wrote verses on the wooden frame (credit for this idea goes to Natasha from

We also noticed that they started to put the brick up around the side. Since our lot is a "high visibility" lot RH's paid for brick to go around the entire house (normally this would be an upgrade...only the front comes standard) and we love it!

I'm so glad we went with the oil finished bronze fixtures!

Yesterday we went back and saw the brick was finished and they had started with the other siding.  In the interior they had all dry wall up and painted and cabinets had been installed!

This is going to be my favorite angle of the house. You can see our yard, the trees across the street and if you look closely part of the golf course green. 

This shot really shows the contrast of the brick and blue siding. I think it looks great!

Master bathroom cabinets in F airfield Square Maple Honey

Dinning room and living room

Rushmore's Hazelnut Glaze cabinets! 
 We finally got our approval letter although NVR Mortgage had to refer us to one of the mortgage companies they partner with because of something weird going on with my student loans. Anyway, it is all straightened out now and we are good to go.

Friday, April 3, 2015

From Foundation to Framing!

A lot has happened since we've last posted so I will try to catch you up with pictures. I had to drive out to PS  a few weeks ago to drop off one of our installment checks. I believe it was a Monday. At that point, it appeared they had just finished pouring the concrete and laid the foundations! This was pretty exciting since it was really the first tangible evidence that a house - our house! - was being built on top of what formerly had been a promising pile of dirt! I took some photos:

I returned with my wife only a few days later to find the house had been more or less completely framed, with 4 walls and that "siding stuff" that says "Ryan Homes" all over it!
Katie enjoying the view (and her Starbucks)

One week later, and this is how things look:
PD likes the look of his future bedroom!
Back yard
"Those stairs look scary, mom"

Living room (aka study and library) and dinning room area
Soon-to-be kitchen
Our fireplace!
Side view

And now we just got word that they are ready to schedule our pre-drywall meeting so things are happening very fast. In fact so fast that we didn't even have time to update this blog!