Tuesday, April 17, 2012


It's taken me awhile to find time to start a blog, but our Ryan Home is in the end of the framing stage. Our new home is less than 1.5 miles from our current apartment, so we drive by almost every day!

We decided to build with Ryan after the short sale we were waiting on wasn't looking promising. I researched the new community and saw they were offering free granite, so I decided to check it out while my fiance was at work. I was really impressed with the upgrades we could get for the money considering our monthly payment would be the same as the short sale, but we could pick the finishes we prefer. We signed our contract on Valentine's Day and broke ground on 3/22/12. We're building an end unit townhome called a Mozart. It has very little yard but the inside living space is close to 2000 square feet. The incentives they were offering at the time to use NVR were free granite in the kitchen and a finished basement (not really a basement, as it's the ground level). Some upgrades we chose were:

-Powder room on main level
-Ceramic tile in foyer, powder room, and kitchen
-Santa Cecilia granite
-Maple espresso cabinets
-Kitchen Island
-Stainless steel range, dishwasher and microwave
-Level C carpet and upgraded padding throughout
-French door in basement and kitchen
-Recessed lights in basement
-Dual shower in place of tub in master bedroom (no charge)
-Oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures and hardware (no charge)
-Additional outlets from Guardian
-2 ceiling fan rough-ins

There are other small things, but I think that's most of the major upgrades. I will post pictures of our progress so far once I get them off my camera. However, we are getting married in 10 days so it might have to wait!

Happy building everyone!
Ashley (and Kevin)


  1. Building a new house and getting married?! How exciting!

    1. It is very exciting, but very nerve-wracking! But, I'm a glutton for punishment. The wedding and honeymoon was amazing and everything went smoothly. Have to say I'm glad all of the planning is over so I can concentrate on the house now!