Monday, June 25, 2012

We have stakes!

We went to our house and took the ever necessary SOLD picture! We also met some of our neighbors when we were out looking at our piece of dirt. I'm actually really excited about our neighborhood now (not that I wasn't before, just even more so now). Everyone was so friendly and it seems like a really active and tight-knit community. We learned about their men's poker night, women's canasta night, movies in the park, and all their other fun events. I got lots of happy vibes there. Everyone had great things to say about their home building process, Ryan Homes, and their PM. Oh, and one of my neighbors is due the same month I am with her first baby too!

We also discovered that RH had staked our house out!!! We met our SR to finalize our selections from Rite Rug and Guardian. We also made a couple last minute changes.
  • Added a utility sink to the garage
  • Added a non-dedicated outlet to the garage (we already added 1 dedicated)
  • Added a switched outlet in the kitchen (so we can install undercabinet lighting later)
  • Removed the attic storage (We watched a video on how to do this yourself and it didn't look too difficult for the DIYer. The one important thing to keep in mind is that you do get a smaller cut out when you don't pay for the attic storage. I believe it is a 2 x 2 instead of a 2 x 4. That means when you install the attic ladder, you have to widen the hole. There are tons of youtube videos and DIY websites that explain how to do install the attic ladder. This was one helpful website.,,20186506,00.html . The other thing to keep in mind is that when you pay for the attic pull down stairs, you also get some extra plywood in the attic. With the plywood and stairs, I am estimating this project to cost about $375.)
Here are our stakes (they are kind of hard to see).

Now we just have to wait to find out when our pre-construction meeting will be.


  1. Your neighborhood sounds awesome!

  2. Sounds like a great neighborhood! Your house will be there before you know it! Be sure to take lots of pictures!

  3. Neighborhood sounds great and friends who are having babies at the same time are a godsend! Plus you two look super cute with your "sold" sign. Congrats on the home and the baby!

  4. They told me we couldn't do a utility sink in the garage bc it's an "unfinished space"... grrrr! Happy for you to have one though! And congrats on the upcoming addition to your family!

  5. If your looking for a ladder that will fit in the standard smaller opening here is one that I found:

    1. Hmmm... I'll have to check that out. I wonder if I could fit some strips of plywood up through the smaller hole, or boxes/containers. I am dreading reframing a larger hole, so I hope that could work. Thanks!

  6. I am so shocked to see so many blogs about Ryan Homes purchases and super excited that I came across yours...we looked in Rosemont today and are pretty sure that's where we want to build. Thanks for sharing your husband and I look forward to reading about it!

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