Thursday, October 27, 2011

YAY RYAN! And dishwasher update

So excited! My sister had her pre-drywall earlier this week and it looks like they'll be able to move prior to family arriving from Germany! YAY!!! So excited about this!! We all are! There are no words for the excitement and relief we feel. Thank you Mr. PM!! YOU ROCK!

Remember my post about the dishwasher after we first moved in? I wasn't really thrilled with it, but found that Jet Dry did help some.

The other day, I stopped to tie my shoe. I was in the kitchen, in front of the dishwasher. I noticed a little bit of water running down the front of it from the vent at the top of it (it was drying the dishes at the time, so condensation build up maybe?). Could this be why the seam in my floor started to pull apart in front of the dishwasher? (we use it every day) I am not sure. But it would make sense, right? I don't know if we'll ever find an answer to that question.

We have the stainless steel GE model number GLD5660RSS. It has a small vent in the upper left corner of the dishwasher.

I have done some research and GE is no longer making this model (wonder if this why?). So hopefully anyone just now starting the building process won't get this model.

We loved how quiet it was. And we love that it has an alarm to tell you when the process is done and you can start unloading it. We wished for it to dry a bit better or at least have the option to dry/warm longer on the dishwasher. All just personal preferences really.

Now that we have noticed the water while drying issue, I'm paranoid. DH isn't fond of that either. So now we're saving up for a new dishwasher. lol Mother's Day maybe? lol

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's fixed

Going through the online customer care center was easy. They were prompt to reach us (with in 24 hours). We set up our appointment.

They came yesterday, and were actually about 30 minutes early. What a surprise! They were very polite and got the job done. My 2 yr old hugged one of them. lol Easy.

Our PM has checked in a few times to make sure we were getting service and it was getting taken care of.

We're very pleased with the quality of service and people we have dealt with. =)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Banister Pics for New Build Noob

NBN: Here are the pics of our banister. Yours may not suppose to be the same, but it sure shouldn't look like it does. I'm sure you're PM will catch it, but I'd bring it to his attention anyway.

Feel free to show these to your PM. Hope this helps.

Want a GORGEOUS house with all the perks for practically nothing? $25,000 free!

Then consider living by me!! lol

Ryan has an Awesome incentive right now! Included in the price of every house you get the following for free:


Up to $25,000 of Incentives INCLUDED Now through October 31!*

*Incentives include retail value of:
• Architecturally appealing elevations with stone or brick
• Designer kitchen with granite counter tops, 42” Timberlake maple cabinets with crown molding
• Kitchen Island
• Hardwood foyer
• Luxury Owner’s bath with separate tub and shower and double sink vanities
• Tankless water heater
• GE appliances with smooth top range and microwave
• Patio or deck
• Energy Star Qualification
• And More! Visit our neighborhood for a complete list of features.
• PLUS Ryan Homes Pays up to $2,000 in Closing Costs* ‡

See what I mean? If you are thinking about buying a new home, now is the time! NO JOKE!! Man...Where were these when I signed? lol I was told, but it is NOT confirmed, that you may also get a Morning Room and recessed lights. Not sure on that one though. It's not on the website. I got that info word-of-mouth. But as you can see the website does say "And more!". So maybe?!

Anyway, I just wanted to get the information out there for anyone following in my area who might be considering purchasing. This is October's incentive. No one knows if it will be around in November. In order to get it, you must sign a contract before Nov. 1.

Happy Building!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Ah the joys of a new neighborhood!

We have frogs. LOTS of frogs. lol The kids are little creeped out. But it's getting better. They aren't as many sticking to the house anymore. lol

We also have deer. LOTS of deer. My husband sees them coming home several nights a week on his drive down the long road into the neighborhood. One neighbor has hit one. =( They are okay though and the deer got up and ran off. Shew!

We also have snakes. Black snakes, green snakes, gray snakes. Snakes Snakes Snakes! Hazard of building on country land I suppose.

And if you think the snakes are creepy, we also have coyotes!! I knew they were in the woods behind the field, behind our house. We know people who live on the other side of those woods who have seen them and shot at them. I never thought to much about it until last night. When one neighbor told us they had seen one dashing across the traffic circle here in the neighborhood! WHAT!!! I think I'm gonna watch my little dog a little more closely in the evenings.

I hoping as the construction continues, these creatures will be scared back further into the forest and not feel free to roam the neighborhood as much. lol Again, I do think this is just one of those things that happen when you build well off the main road, in the country. =)

The neighborhood is beautiful though. And I am confident that the confused wildlife will soon get a clue.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Well, I emailed Ryan's Customer site on Monday. They called and left messages with my husband Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday he called them back (finally). We have an appt. Tuesday for them come fix the floor in the kitchen. =) YAY! They gave us a 2 hour window they could show up in. Fine by me! Better than the 4 hours you get with all the utility people. =) I'll let you all know how it turns out. So far it's been easy, and very professional. It's funny, during our building process I had a dream. In it, our kitchen floor was messed up and something of a personal nature happened with one of the Ryan Reps. Ends up both came true.

My sister's house is coming right along. They have started framing. =) Very exciting stuff. We measured her backyard to be 10 ft short. We measured twice using one of those ticker things you just push along the ground. But our PM says it's right. He probably had a better way of measuring it.

I'm going to ask my husband to ask his uncle (who inspected our home) to see if he will inspect theirs at pre-drywall for them. =) We'll see.

Everything is on schedule to be delivered on the 16th. Which still makes all of our stomachs turn a bit. But at least it's not later. =) I think we are all trying to adopt the "It will be what it will be" attitude and trying to roll with the punches now. We can't help when the house will be done. No one is happy with the situation at all. But dwelling on it is not going to help it or fix it. We all will do our best to get them settled and moved in as quickly as possible. Honestly, we are trying to come up with a few different scenarios. Still crossing our fingers the PM will work magic and have it done sooner than the projected date. Every day sooner he might could get it, would be a blessing. But in the mean time, time to come up with other plans. =)

We know that in the end, they will have a beautiful house. That is what we all keep trying to stay focused on. Well that, and on New Year's Eve, at one Rockin' party, I will be able walk home!! =) lol

In yet OTHER news... I have some other family who might be looking to build in here too. Crazy huh? Right now all options are open to them. We'll see what happens there.

I drive around our developing neighborhood at least once a week. I am in complete awe at how many houses are going up. It's amazing! They work fast, and from the street they all look so pretty. There are not many available lots left anymore I don't think. Don't get me wrong, there are lots. Nice ones! But from where we started at when we were looking back in Feb., a lot has been done! So from that perspective, not much left.

I'll let ya'll know how the fixing thing goes! Happy Building Ya'll!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Disappointed on two fronts really.

I just had to make a service request through Ryan Homes Customer Service sight ( We just closed on our house July 22nd of this year, and already our upgraded kitchen floor is starting to pull apart at a seam. Not real thrilled with this at all. We'll see what happens.

We contacted our PM just after they finished all the 30 day work to tell him about this and he said we now had to go through the Customer Service Care line. Either by phone or internet. I chose online. With 3 kids, it's easier for me not to try to hold a phone conversation. lol We'll see how long it takes to hear from them.

Our PM did drop by last week to see if I had made the call to center yet, and I had not. I had too much going on with my sister's wedding to worry about it last week. But I was impressed he came to check up on it.

The other disappointment is due to my sister's lot. She has a foundation now and Wood was delivered last Thursday. We're all anxious for them to start framing. But nothing yet. GRRR But the worst part is, the projected delivery date now is once again the day before our family from out of the country arrives. I'm still not thrilled they said they could have all this done by the first week in December and now we are the 16th. Neither are they. They really wanted to be settled in the house (blinds, lights, fans, ect. in) before company came to stay with them. This house is bigger and would accommodate all of them much better.

However, since Ryan can't seem to make up their minds or keep to any decent schedule, my sister is talking about pushing off closing until the end of January now, after the first semester finally ends. It would make it easier to transfer her daughter's school then. She just has to check on a few things first.

We are all very disappointed in this news. Our PM worked hard to get us into our house by the time we said we needed to be. But it just doesn't seem to be going the same way with them at all. And now with bad weather coming in, I'm not sure they'll frame at all this week. Wonder how far behind that will put closing now. >=/

On top of all this, by sister paid extra money for 50 ft of back yard to be cleared. She only got 40 feet. So Ryan owes her some money!! I'm hoping she can get a few of the extra's she wanted that she was told it was too late for. Either that or they fix the price of the house or put the money toward closing. They can't clear any more land as it dead ends on the property line right now. I'm not sure if the they just surveyed it wrong or didn't place the house right, or what the issue is/was. We'll see what happens there.

On a good note... They are FINALLY starting to work on paving next to my house. We'll see how long this takes. It was only suppose to be started back in July. =/

Now a question for you bloggers who have settled into your homes already: Is your HVAC loud? Like noises in the ducts in the walls? Ours is. NOT happy about that either. It works great. Just a lot louder than any other home I have ever lived in. And I have lived in 6 in my adult life thus far. So I was just curious about how the rest of you are doing with the HVACS.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An option NOT on your option list (& really guys?)

First things first. The option. Did you know you could recessed lighting on your front porch? YUP!! You sure can. And it's NOT on your options list. Two houses in my neighborhood have it and it's AWESOME!! So if you are building a house with a front porch elevation, you might want to check on this one. It's custom, but they do it!!

Second... I'm sitting here, minding my own business with my sick little girl when this light comes blaring in from the front of the house. "What in the world!?"

I go to see what's up. Well, about 5 minutes ago, the guys working on the house were finally packing it in. NO LIE. They were dropping cords with lit spotlights out of the front windows onto the ground. Thus bright lights shining into my house.

I cannot believe workers were working until after 9:30 at night. It's chilly here now. And DARK! Way to go workers! Way to commit!