As I read through several of the other blogs about Ryan homes is building, it's funny the differences in things in the North and in the South.
Everyone up north seems to be getting basements. Really? Those are such a novelty down here anymore. Not to mention SUPER expensive!! Maybe they get better deals up north? Down here you pay 10's of thousands of dollars for one and then have to pay for the bigger lots too. And from what we were told around here, they are NOT walk out basements.
And the people up north put drains in the middle of their garages! lol I had never heard of such a thing. No one here has those either! If we spray out the garage floor, we spray it. Some of us have those squeegee things to push any access water out. But on the whole, not something needed here. If it rains or snows, it's not like our garages flood. Another interesting difference.
It's so neat to see what other people are doing and where. I wish we had had the money/resources to add the morning room and gourmet island. But it averaged out to another $10,000. Not worth it. We used that money on granite, upgrade bath, and fireplace. Things that we liked, were a one time cost, and not just more space to also heat and cool. Our summer's here get over 100 degrees. Our winters tend to stay between high's of 30's-50's on average. Gotta love the south.
I have noticed that the people in the north get things like free basements and/or morning rooms along with great promo deals. Something not given here. Maybe our houses here are less expensive and that's why. The model we are still hoping to get (Milan) starts around $160k right now in the neighborhood we are looking at (around 180k in the area). I saw it for $430k in Maryland and somewhere else up north, PA maybe, at over $300k. Then again, in Ohio it wasn't much of a difference in price at all. I just can't fathom people affording $300k+ houses! I think it's wonderful for them. But soooo out of the realm of possibility for us or anyone we really know. And then you read about upgrades and WOW!! These people are very blessed.
We've told people that we are building our dream house, so to speak. And they just don't get it. We kept hearing "it's not your dream house, "noey." Just because it wasn't bigger, or had the morning room, or what have you. We live off 1 income. ONE! We have 3 kids. We are practical people for the most part. We sat down and designed a practical but upgraded beautiful home. A home we could only imagine owning. Just because it wasn't someone else's idea of "perfect" or a "dream" house, doesn't mean it wasn't ours. I got tired of the people in our lives, people we love, telling us such a hurtful thing.
As far as an update on our situation goes, well..... let's just say we could still use your prayers and I'm still holding out hope God will open a door.
Congrats to all of you who just closed, are about to close, or just got your closing date! I hope and pray will be amoung you soon!