Friday, April 30, 2010

Driveway and sidewalk

Just got a call from my project manager - our driveway and sidewalk should be cut and poured early this week. I can't wait for this!! One more step closer to getting our lawn now too! We're going to get a sprinkler system installed. We want our grass to come in quick - and right. We do not have the time or the patience to water it as much as needed right now. I feel this is a good investment into our home. It seems the landscaper that Ryan uses might be the best priced company for this job. I asked for a referral about the time we moved in and they directed us to the company they already use. We'll see how this all shakes out.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Now this is funny....

I asked for my front door to be repainted - it already showed signs of wear and uneven painting. My front door faces the west and is getting lots of sunlight on it - thus showing the signs of wear and faults. I came home today, opened my front door - and now it's BLUE - and is WAS Green. And the knucklehead painter must have been color blind because clearly with the first brush stroke you'd see the obvious difference in color. I can only think that some type of change order was put through in error or something. I'm laughing - really I am. It's just too funny! I promptly placed a call to the service center.

3 week update

Here's a quick update - the electrical issue persisted downstairs. Once I hooked up my surround sound system I began tripping the fuse. Called the builder and they sent the electrician out same day. The electrician changed the fuse and we haven't had an issue since. My project manager did say that since Ryan Homes changed over to some sort of new ground fault fuses that this sort of problem has become more and more common. It's a safety measure but I guess it comes with some annoyances to. Hopefully we won't have any more issues. Our yard was worked on yesterday with more leveling and back-filling. They're getting ready to install the lawns around here. I'm hoping our driveway will get installed soon too. I've noticed little things that I will point out at our 45 day inspection that will require some touch-ups and minor fixes. Nothing major - mostly painting issues.

I am a little disappointed with the tape/mud job they did in our garage. It's extremely low grade and not suitable for painting without going over it again with more mudding. I did talk to my project manager about it and he said this is their standard way of doing garages. This will be a project for us some time this Summer I think. We'd like the garage to look finished and be painted - not a stucco finish.

We were able to find a distributor to the public for the kitchen cabinets. I've ordered an additional set to be installed over our refrigerator. The area above the refrigerator is open and very large - 39hx29w. It looks awkward and like the cabinets are missing. They are also able to get you all of the accessories options that the cabinets can have.

That's all for now!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's starting to feel more like our Home

We had the unattractive wooden safety gate removed from the outside of our patio doors and got temporary wooden steps installed. I also had a storm/screen door installed on our front door. I'll post pictures later.

*Here's another tip: prior to your move, stock up on Lowe's and Home Depot discount coupons. You can find these at your local post office within the change of address booklets and on eBay. Both stores take their competitor's coupons. I have used many Lowe's 10% off coupons at Home Depot since our move. It has saved me hundreds of dollars. Undoubtedly you will be going to those stores for many weeks after your move. We used it towards the storm door, our closet systems and the materials for the patio steps.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Update on electrical issue

We had our vacuum/fuse trip issue looked at today. It's being blamed on the fact that we have a stand up freezer and full size refrigerator plugged into the same outlet downstairs in the laundry room, and a mini fridge in our garage and the garage door opener - which is running all on the same circuit. I wasn't home when the guy came over. I'm exhausted today and haven't tested my vacuums on all of the levels to make sure this fixes the issue. If it's not solved then we'll just have them come out again.

And if you've ever built a home or in the process of doing it - and have a dog - you'll appreciate this. It SUCKS taking your dog out when it's raining. My shoes are caked in 10 lbs. of mud/gravel from this morning. Oh how I long for grass...


Ok - this is our house "as-is". Lived in, not perfect, and not fully decorated. Our morning room table set is being delivered next week, our living room sectional is also coming next week.

Hallway upstairs to Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom

Soaking tub in MB

walk-in MB closet (smaller because of 4th bedroom upgrade)

Morning Room/Kitchen

Unfinished part of basement with laundry room option

unfinished basement area (under morning room)

Living Room/fireplace (nice furniture, I know)

46" Samsung LED

Dining Room (and our dog!)

Family Room (basement) view from stairs & 58" Samsung plasma!

End of basement towards front of house. To the left is the optional closet and to the right is small closet to hide water meter, etc.

Optional 4th bedroom (instead of loft). This is the largest bedroom after the MB.

kiddo's playroom

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Tomorrow it's back to work - real work. We have busted our butts since Thursday to get as much as we can unpacked and to organize this house. Too bad the large dumpsters that were around the street were taken away the day we moved in. Lucky for Freecycle - lots of takers for all of our boxes, which meant we didn't have to break them down and keep them for a week until garbage day.

I had such a good time buying lots of new stuff at Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday! Then I found some great stuff on Craigslist during this last week too. Some exterior trim painting was done by the Ryan crew today here. we called the Service Center for some touch up painting in here from the damage the movers did and I put a ticket in to have our front door touched up too.

Interesting note about the electrical outlets. They are "childproof". It requires quite an amount of force to get a plug in along with some wiggling. That is something I am getting used to. But whenever I run our vacuum, the fuse trips. Our cable guy told us this would happen, not Ryan Homes. It happens almost immediately once I start using it. Right now I have a surge protector plugged into the vacuum cord and it solved the problem. I'm going to have to ask about this annoyance. I am really bummed that I didn't get the central vacuum system. I bought a second vacuum today so I don't have to lug it from the basement up to the top floor.

A great friend of ours came today to install those Closetmaid wire closet systems. I should have told Ryan not to install the 1 wire rack in each closet. We took them all down and reused them along with alot more to make the best use of the space in there.

I am a little concerned about our windows. I noticed today that the screens are pretty loose and there's a gap between the top of the screen and the window frame that holds it in. It's big enough for bees to crawl in - which happened today. I've tried to adjust them but it's not making a difference.

I'll try to post some pictures with my next post of lots of different stuff here. And, we do have 2 formal inspections with Ryan homes - at 45 days and 10 months. After that it's all warranty issues. There's a nice binder that you get at your pre move-in inspection that explains alot of this and gives you tons of home maintenance tips.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'm so tired but so happy!!

I'm not sure where to start this post. There's so much to say. We've been really busy unpacking, putting things together, cleaning, keeping our 4 year old occupied, and trying to not be overwhelmed

Thursday went very well. We actually got the call from the title agency that our keys were ready for pick up around 11:00am. We had the funds from our old house wired to the title agency and maybe this is why we got our keys so much earlier that day.We rented a Uhaul and had for 24hours for a cost of only $80. A few of our friends and family help us load it and unload it. We did this about 3 times.

*Notes for YOUR move - make sure you have a small box set aside to load up each bathroom @ your new house with toilet paper and have soap available at each sink with a towel. Also, have plenty of waste baskets and garbage bags at your new house. I was lacking on these 2 points. Also, I asked our project manager where I could buy disposable carpet/floor protector. It's like saran wrap, sticky on the side you lay onto the floor. He said to go to Home Depot. We did this and it was so awesome to have on our floors. It's cost under $30 for a large roll of it. We made a path with it from the doors, up the stairs, and all of the walk ways we'd be using. We had cardboard on the hardwood floor areas because you couldn't use the sticky stuff on there.

Friday we had the professional movers come. There were 2 guys. I don't think they were slow - but it did take all day to load and unload. They started at 8:30a and ended at 3:30p. The truck was completely loaded. That cost us just over $760 for them. They were very nice and I felt they were doing a good job - until my husband showed me on of the walls that leads to the downstairs and they damage they did to it bringing down some furniture. They really did a number on it. It had lots of gouges and scrapes. I wasn't home when the
movers pointed out to my husband what had happened. They apologized and said that it happens sometimes. My husband, the nice guy that he is, let them off the hook. I would not had been that nice. So my husband spent that night repairing that wall, then yesterday he sanded it down, and now he's painting it.

Also on Friday there were loads and loads of dirt dumped on our property and the crew was busy back-filling. That made for lots of noise, dust, and traffic - but I'm not complaining! Although, they did break my cable line and I had to have the cable provider come back out Friday afternoon to run a new line - so much for having my line buried.

We are starting to see some nail pops already and one of our windows in a spare room has a stress crack. Our project manager warned us that this might all happen. I've also noticed some minor things here and there that I'll want repaired. Also, our windows seem very tight and a little hard to push up when we want them open. I put a call into the Service Center (which is who you call now that you're in your house). They sent out our project manager and the guy who comes out for these minor issues. They worked on getting them to slide easier.

We have had a few neighbors come over and introduce themselves. Everyone seems very nice! There must be 50 different light switches in this house and it's not obvious which switch turns out what. It's taking time to figure that out without going crazy!

That's all I have time for now. Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Moving Day - Part 1

It's moving day, moving day!!! This is moving day #1. I have been up since 4:30am - ugh! But I'll be running on adrenaline for the next 48 hours at least! We go to the NVR title company this morning and then start packing at the old house. We'll get the keys sometime this afternoon - although the house will be open for the cable guy to get in there - I was able to get them to come in earlier!!!