Showing posts with label SR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SR. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Colors, Cabinets, and Granite, Oh My!

Wednesday afternoon we met with our newly assigned SR at a nearby Ryan community to go over our color selections and review our options.  We met for about an hour which was a lot quicker than we anticipated, but we already had an idea on the colors that we liked which made this process easier for us.

Exterior Selections

The SR showed us a few different exterior color schemes.  We had to stick to these color schemes and there were no variations that could be made, which I guess is a good thing so that your neighbors don't make any crazy choices!  The only color scheme that we couldn't choose was with gray siding since the neighbors to our left have gray siding, which was fine by us.
  • Siding
    • Sandy Tan
  • Shutters
    • Dark Berry
  • Stone
    • Bucks County Ledgestone
  • Door
    • Marooned

Exterior Colors!
Bucks County Ledgestone

Now on to our cabinet and counter-top selections!


Included in our original agreement was kitchen cabinet upgrade 1.  After reviewing the cabinet selections, while some of the choices we liked, we ultimately decide to upgrade to the kitchen cabinet upgrade 2.  The selections in this upgrade have a solid wood center, instead of the veneer, and to us have an overall nicer look to them.  Plus, the Cherry Java that we originally liked was in this upgrade. We opted against adding any handles. 

We decided on Santa Cecilia granite.  None of the other options really stuck out to us and we like that there are some darker streaks in the texture that should blend nicely with the cabinets that we selected.

Cherry Java with Santa Cecilia


The standard bathroom cabinet selections are pretty limited, a light oak or maple color.  We decided that this would be fine for our second bathroom, but for the master bathroom we went for the vanity upgrade 1 and selected Maple Espresso.  Since we were making these upgrades to the bathroom and we knew that we would want to upgrade the tile when we visited Rite-Rug,  we selected Burlywood granite.  What a great master bathroom we are going to have!

Maple Espresso with Burleywood

For the second bathroom we went with the Oak Honey Cabinet.

Oak Honey Cabinet

Other Options

Here are the other options that we decided to add:
  • Exterior Floodlight
  • Address Stone
  • Exterior Gas Line Hookup
  • Paint Package 3 tone
    • Sun Dew paint
      • We went with the paint package so that we would have the entire house painted a color other than white and we could focus on just painting accent walls.  There were a couple of paint color options available but we liked Sun Dew the best.    
Sun Dew - 7SW688
  • 1 Additional Recessed Light for Kitchen
    • We like the look of having pendant lights above the gourmet island.  The kitchen comes with 9 recessed lights.  After speaking with the SR, who contacted the PM, they agreed to center 3 recessed lights (2 existing and 1 additional) over the island so that we could swap out and put in pendant lighting.  Here's a picture from someone that has done the same thing and where we got this idea.
Kitchen with Pendant Lights

WOW how quickly these options add up!  An upgrade here, an add-on there, and before you know it $$$$.  Our thought process for where to add upgrades or options was to make them in the areas where we will be spending the most time - the kitchen, the family room, and the master bathroom!

Rite-Rug appointment tomorrow, more selections!!!  Whew, this is exhausting!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rite-Rug and Guardian Scheduled

We received calls from Rite-Rug and Guardian to schedule our appointments.  Rite-Rug is scheduled for Thursday the 26th and Guardian on Monday July 7th.

We will also be working with another sales rep for the remainder of our process.  The sales manager assured us that we will be well taken care of and we are scheduled to meet with the SR on Wednesday the 25th to go over colors, cabinet, and granite selections.

We are considering getting hardwood flooring in the dining room, powder room, and hallway leading to the family room.  We feel that it would look a lot nicer this way instead of the carpeting as you can see in the pictures below.  Looking forward to going through our options together.

Venice Model Carpeted Hallway

Venice Model Carpeted Dining Room

Friday, June 13, 2014

Visited the Model and Signed our Purchase Agreement!

We signed our purchase agreement on June 13, 2014!

We started the day by meeting the sales manager at another nearby Ryan Home community where they had a Venice model.  This model used to be the original model and sales office at this community and from our understanding was in the process of being converted back to the owner/investor.

An interesting sidebar about the Ryan Home models that we learned is that all of the model homes are purchased by investors and then leased to Ryan Homes for their use. Sounds like a pretty smart and sound business model for their business and was something that we didn't know.

The model home was a bit messy inside with a lot of the sales office furniture being stored in the living room, however it did give us a good idea of the true size and livable space that we would have.  Walking through the model confirmed that this was the home for us and we drove back to Orchard Springs to discuss our options and pricing further.

We had a few days to go over the options list and pricing and decided to make a few changes, mainly removing the 3 car garage and basement bathroom.  While the 3 car garage would have definitely be nice, we feel that if we do end up needing additional space that we can always get a shed for the backyard.

For the basement, we were told that changes were made to the floor plan and that a powder room was no longer available in the basement and that they only option was a full bath. This was space that we didn't want to give up due to the layout of the basement in the Venice and taking up too much room.

The sales manager told us that the section where the bathroom was in the model home would be finished without the bathroom, however we discovered that it would actually be sectioned off as a storage room.  The sales manager stood by the error in his statement and submitted a change order request to ensure that we will get this area finished.  So definitely a win for us and a huge plus for Ryan Homes and the sales manager!

Here are the list of options that we finalized:

  • Elevation B

  • Finished Basement

  • French door for basement

  • Morning room

  • Gourmet kitchen island

  • Kitchen cabinet upgrade 1

  • Granite countertop kitchen upgrade 1

  • Range gas hook up

  • Upgraded stainless steel appliance package (we went with the package above the standard - nicer range and better dishwasher)

  • Gas fireplace with the stone veneer, higher hearth

  • Owners bathroom type E w/soaking tub with shower seat and ceramic

  • Banisters with white spindles

  • 2 additional outlets - additional for garage and kitchen island

  • Recessed lights over fireplace

  • 8 recessed lights - 4 in family room and 4 in master bedroom

  • 5 ceiling fan rough-in's - all bedrooms and family room

  • Floor drain in the garage

  • Hardwood A in Foyer/Kitchen/Morning Room

  • Dining room chandelier (we will be using the living room/dining room as a formal dining room)

All of this totaled to about $57k in options.

Nora and I took a few minutes to take a quick walk and gather our thoughts and came back to the sales manager with a counter offer.  Our offer was accepted and we signed our purchase agreement and addendum's!!!  We ended up receiving about $32k in incentives and all in all we feel that we received a fair price for the home.

Paperwork Signed!

Picture taken a day later, hence the different clothes for you eagle eyes!

We're looking forward to beginning the process which will have the home completed in late October!

Meeting with the NVR loan officer, choosing our colors, working with Rite-Rug on flooring, and working with Guardian are next on our list.  Hoping that the process continues to move smoothly and that the level of good service continues!

2nd Meeting - Initial Pricing and Options

We scheduled another meeting to discuss pricing and options with our SR.

Adam went to this meeting himself to get some preliminary pricing and ask a few more questions.  Upon arriving to the sales office, Adam was met by the sales manager, who was covering for the SR, as she went into labor earlier in the morning!   We were told that all went well for baby and mother, so that was good news to hear.

The sales manager was expecting that we would be coming in to discuss the Palermo (which he studied up on before I came in), so we threw him a bit of a curveball with our decision on the Venice.

The sales manager was a very down to earth guy, we had a few laughs and he definitely made me feel comfortable through our meeting. It was obvious that he hasn't been on the front line for quite some time, something that he openly admitted, but was very knowledgable about the process. Anything that he wasn't 100 percent sure of he took note of and promised to get back to us with the answer.  I got the sense that he was honest, was not pushy, and truly wanted to find the best deal and home for us.  The customer service levels that we have received thus far in the process have really been great and we're hoping that this level of service continues.

There were incentives that were being advertised and we wanted to be sure that we took advantage of them. What we discussed were the following incentives:

  • Morning Room included

  • $5,000 towards elevation upgrade

  • 4 light rough-ins

  • 1 ceiling fan rough-in

  • Garage door opener

  • Granite Level 1 - Kitchen

  • Hardwood Level A - Kitchen and Foyer

  • 42" Timberlake Maple Cognac Cabinetry

  • Stainless steel Microwave, Range, Dishwasher

  • Recessed lighting in kitchen

After our 2 hour conversation, we put together some options and pricing, and I was on my way home to the boss lady with our initial price quote to review and discuss!

Additional options that we had quoted:

  • 3 car garage

  • Finished basement

  • Bathroom in basement

  • Banisters w/white spindles

  • Gas range hook up

  • Fireplace with stone veneer

  • Upgraded owners bath with soaking tub and ceramic

  • 2 additional outlets - 1 additional for garage/1 additional for the island

  • 8 recessed lights - 4 in family room/4 in master bedroom

  • 5 ceiling fan rough-ins

  • Floor drain for garage
Lot's to think about!