Showing posts with label updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label updates. Show all posts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6 Days Left

Only 6 days left until we close!

We stopped by the house today, our PM has been nice enough to leave the doors unlocked when we ask so we can stop by and get in after work.  We got to see our carpet and hardwood floors and it was exciting to see everything installed.  Our appliances have also been installed and a lot of finishing work is still being done.  Found a few nail pops already in the living room on the TV wall, however really no other issues in the rest of the house.

We also received a call from our PM today that when Guardian came to wire our rear speakers in our basement, they accidentally made the cut outs in the drywall for rear speakers, when we only ordered the rear speaker pre-wires.  Instead of re-dry walling to correct this, our PM was able to work with Guardian to provide rear speakers for us! Only thing that we're a little disappointed with are the location of the speakers.   They aren't exactly evenly placed on the wall, we probably should have done a better job at looking at the locations of these when they did the wiring.  But it's something we can live with and the free speakers were a bonus.

They were able to do a rough grade of the yard today, PM advised they will be coming back out in the spring to have this touched up as well as to have our exterior painting done.  Hoping that the grading does not become an issue and will be something we are looking at closely.

Just a few pictures

Turned the fireplace on - You can see the flame if you look closely

Unfinished storage side of basement
Basement Speakers - Left speaker farther away from the wall than the RIght...

Upstairs bedroom and carpet

Dining room Hardwood
Hallway Hardwood - 12 panel basement door


Cherry Java Cabinets / Santa Cecilia Granite / Dundee Saddle Hardwood

A few nail pops on this wall

Living room Carpeted

Master Bedroom Carpeted

Morning Room Hardwood

Mudroom Hardwood

Gas Range and Microwave

Light to the second floor




Saturday, September 6, 2014

More Updates!

Just a few updates and pictures from this past week.

Framing has been completed and we are expecting to have the roof completed by next Wednesday, pending weather.  Next week, our PM will be letting us know our completion date, but right now it's looking like our home will be completed on October 29th.

2nd Floor Framing Started
Back of House

Backside - Morning Room and Fireplace 
Framing Complete

View from our Foyer Looking In

Kitchen
Living Room

Front Door

Left Side of House

Our Tub

Garage

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Whole Lot of Updates!

We are long overdue for an update on the progress of our construction of our Ryan Homes Venice at Orchard Springs!  Time has quickly flown by and we can see how easy it is to put off the blog updates!  This post should bring us up to date to where we are currently at in the construction process.

Over the last 4 weeks, the following has happened:

  • Pre-Construction Meeting
  • Waiting on the Permit
  • Clearing the Lot of Trees
  • Digging the Hole!
  • Footers
  • Foundation

Pre-Construction Meeting

Our Pre-Construction meeting was on July 30th and went without a hitch.  The meeting took us just about 2 hours at a nearby development model home/sales office.  We were offered the option to drive to our lot to see it staked out, but declined due to time constraints, plus it would be really hard to visualize the lot with all of the trees still there.  

Our PM (with Ryan Homes since 2005) and our SR went through our Venice model plans and we reviewed and verified each of the options that we selected.

A summary of some of the things we discussed/reviewed during our meeting:
  • Our Venice model is a Version 5 model
    • Includes a few different/added features from the previous version, one of which is the french doors in the morning room.
  • Estimated Start Date August 11th
    • Pending Permits which were with the County
  • Estimated Completion will be October 28th - plus or minus 2 weeks
  • Trees will be removed once Ryan Homes purchases the lot (we did not know that Ryan Homes didn't own the lots)
  • We get to choose our Santa Cecilia granite slabs for the Kitchen
  • We are unable to widen our driveway due to the building plans already being approved
  • We asked about raising the dryer vent and our PM said that he would check on this
  • Our basement will have an additional recessed light install in the area where the plumbing would have been pre-plumbed - we are getting this corner completely finished
  • Our PM recommended a few things for us for when we move-in
    • Battery Back-Up Sump Pump
    • Generator
    • Dehumidifier
    • Painting the garage with a sealing paint
    • To wait at least a year before we have a patio installed due to foundation shifting (makes sense but wondering if this is something that we really have to wait on)

Thus far, our PM has since been great with communication and we are hoping that this continues through the process. He has kept us well informed on the status of our permit (which was delayed by the County), when they would be digging, when the footers would be poured, when the foundation would go up, etc.  He also was accommodating and text-ed us pictures of our dig when we were out of town.

Construction Timeline through 8/21/14

  • 8/11/14 - Trees Removed from Lot
  • 8/14/14 - Permit Received and Digging Begins
  • 8/15/14 - Footers Poured
  • 8/18/14 - Foundation up

Our lumber isn't expected to be dropped until September 2nd.  We were told that after the foundation is up, things will slow down a bit until the framing begins.  They are going to try to complete items such as waterproofing and starting the plumbing so that the timeline can stay on track as much as possible.  Our PM has mentioned several times that he is committed to building us a quality home and that will not push things just to meet timelines, which is why he gave us a plus or minus 2 weeks for completion.  

Size Matters?

When we visited our lot after the hole was dug, we were expecting to be WOW'd by this grand, giant hole in the ground, but it looked so small to us!  We know that the Venice isn't the biggest model out there - but we liked it due to having the most usable space of any model we saw. With the finished basement, it is just about 2,900 sq ft, and the size of the hole definitely looks deceiving.  We went to visit another Venice model just to make ourselves feel better about the size and set up of the home, which we have confirmed is perfect and plenty big for us!

Less than 3 months before we have a new home!

Orchard Springs Development News

In the last 4 weeks from our last update, the last 2 lots have been sold!  All 22 lots in Phase I at Orchard Springs have been sold out!  Right now it appears that Phase II will not begin until Spring 2015.  So we can enjoy the trees that are currently in our backyard until they start construction!


Now for a few Pictures!


Before - With Trees
After - No Trees! - And a Port-a-Potty
Digging Action
Dug out Dirt
It's a Hole!
Our Basement - Looks Small!
Footers Poured
Rear Right Side
Foundation
Start of a House
Right Rear
Santa Cecilia - Kitchen Slab 1
Granite Kitchen Slab 2









Monday, July 7, 2014

A few Updates and Now We Wait!

Just a few updates, nothing major but we're making progress!

On Thursday we received a from our Loan Processor from NVR that our loan was being submitted to underwriting and that due to the 4th of July holiday, that things might be a little slower than usual.  She estimated 7 to 10 days before we hear anything back.

Just waiting around

We met with our SR yesterday afternoon to sign off on our final color selections and to acknowledge that we are over 14 days from signing our purchase agreement and can no longer make any structural changes.  We also finalized the locations of our exterior gas line in the rear of the house, moved some cable outlets around, and locations of electrical outlets that we added.

We will need to go back to sign off on our wiring selections after we meet with Guardian which was scheduled for today, however had to be cancelled by the the Guardian sales rep.  We are hoping that this will be rescheduled this week.

Some things that we are considering with Guardian are:

  • Flat Panel wiring for the family room
  • Adding additional cable outlets in the bedrooms
  • Security system
  • Surround sound pre-wire hookup in the basement


We received clarification on our timeline for construction which is exciting and pretty unbelievable that they will be able to clear our lot of all the trees, dig a hole, and build a house in such a short amount of time!

  • Last week of July - Pre-Construction Meeting
  • August 10 - Construction/Clearing Lot Begins
  • Last week of October/First Week November - We received Keys!

And now we wait!!!