Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our first Build

     I feel like all of the other "Ryan Homes Blogs" have been extremely helpful for me in providing some comfort that we made the right decision to go with Ryan, so I wanted to, hopefully, help others who were in the same position. I got very upset when I started reading all of the negative reviews for Ryan homes, and started second guessing our decision to build with them. I think our Sales Rep and my husband helped when they pointed out that most people only take to the internet, or forums, when they want to complain, and few people write about all of the positives. These blogs have helped relieve so many of my nerves. Anyway...
 When we first rolled up to Sheridan, (a neighborhood in Indian Trail, North Carolina) I knew it was my future home. We'd been looking at homes online, but not really considering building at all or really buying so soon. My husband's home base is in Monroe, North Carolina (He is a SAP business analyst for Goodrich Aerospace) and we are relocating from Savannah, Ga to Charlotte. We had figured we would rent an apartment until our house in Savannah sold and then start looking at houses. Of course, things never work out as planned, and we started looking the second weekend we spent in Charlotte. We found Sheridan, fell in love with the Verona model, and signed the contract the next week. We were lucky enough to sell our house in Savannah in 10 days (I know VERY unheard of). My graduate program has allowed me to do my last year through independent study, so we decided while the market is in such good favor of buyers, it was now or never. It also doesn't hurt that we have two babies (a Beagle mix and a German Shepherd mix) who are begging for a fenced in yard to run around in again.  
   Although we originally signed a Contingent contract based on the sale of our original home, we were able to lift the contingency at the beginning of November. Our sales rep is AMAZING, (really I think we bought the house because of her) and had the builders already getting all of our permits taken care of so they could start building as soon as we lifted the contingency. Because of that, we had our pre-construction meeting last week, and they started building November 25th. We are SO excited to be building and have an estimated closing date of February 2012. 
Here is a breakdown of our house:
Verona Elevation B slab foundation
Alternate Partial Brick Veneer Front (Grand Caramel)
Extended Kitchen Peninsula
Gourmet Island
Espresso Cabinets
Luna Pearl Granite Counters
Stainless Steel Appliances
Gas Range
Morning Room
Ceramic Tile in Morning Room and Kitchen
Downstairs bedroom and full bath
Upgraded carpet and padding in living room, dining room, study, and bedroom
Dark Hardwood Foyer
Upgraded carpet and padding upstairs 
Bonus Room
Upgraded master bath with separate bathtub and shower
espresso cabinets in all bathrooms
Tile surround in master bath
9 ceiling fan rough-ins
bronze finishes
Arch. Shingles
Upgraded Paint
2 floodlights

Post Guardian Meeting:
Base Package Security System
2 Keypads
Pet motion detector (of course)
Smoke Communicator
Cellular Back up communicator (All of this more for my peace of mind as we start a family and my husband is traveling around the world for work half of every month)
We added quite a few outlets and jacks (kind of disappointed that Ryan only comes with 2 and 2)
(For my husband) We did the Klipsch 5.1 Silver Audio System

We are having a third party inspector come 4 times during/post build just to make sure everything is how it should be. I will be adding pictures, and updating as the process continues. So excited :)


  1. How exciting! I can't wait to see your home progress. I have had an excellent experience with Ryan so far. I felt the same way you did after seeing so much negativity online but you are right. Most people only jump online to complain. If you look up all the other builders around here, you get the same negative posts so it really doesn't matter. The satisfied customers rarely take the time to post positive feedback so the scale is severely imbalanced.

  2. Yay, another Verona! There aren't many blogs about the Verona. We are currently contingent as we are trying to sell our current home. We made a lot of the same choices: Elevantion B, bonus room, peninsula, morning room, etc. Can't wait to follow your progress!

  3. I know! I was so sad to see that there are maybe two blogs about Veronas :( We were in the same position with having a contingency based on selling our house. We got extremely lucky and sold very quickly. I'm sure you'll find the right buyer soon! I'll be sure to update and post pictures frequently.