Sunday, August 29, 2010


What a few days... the block has been replaced and looks wonderful! Pictures to follow...

And the drain... the project manager did notice it - the people who put in the french drain said that they replaced it. We dug it up Wednesday and it wasn't fixed. But, we have been promised it would be fixed Monday a.m. The same day the house arrives! Yippee! We can't wait! The neighbor's house arrived last week and is up already!

We head down to the Outer Banks this weekend for a week. I can't even believe how much work will be done in that much time. Wow!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stopping by the House...

Wow, it's been a few days since our last post... Never realized how busy we would be and we still have 2 months until we move in! So much still to buy and decide (e.g., blinds, paint colors, etc.).

Have been stopping up at the house every couple of days and have noticed a few things.
  • There is some cracked block in the foundation that will be visible in the garage once the house is finished... it is also below where the beam will sit. There were also some pretty big seams (mortar) visible.
  • Cracked pipe outside of the house - but they are still working on the pipe work. Will check that one out later today. Tooks lots of pictures.
  • Lots of masonary blocks laying around in what will eventually be the concrete floor. My father in law (former inspector for these types of things) is not too pleased about that... as things settle, they will settle within the holes of the block and the block will break down... could cause cracking in concrete. Apparently this is something builders will often do?

Our project manager is awesome! My husband e-mailed him about the block defects and had a response within a day that he was aware of it already and they would be taken care of. Gives some peace of mind that he is on top of things (not that we doubted it :-)).

Can't wait to see what they have done the past couple of days. The neighbor's house arrived on Monday and I believe ours arrives next week. :-) If only we could be there when it arrives... We know the day, but apparently, it could arrive at any time during the day and we don't want to sit there and wait.

Wow, does that house look tiny with only the foundation on there. :-)

Our advice throughout this process (and from others who have built with ANY builder - I should point out, that this isn't just a Ryan recommendation, but even for custom builders)... stop by and see what's going on periodically (maybe not as often as we do)...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So much so fast!

We have walls! Holy cow... imagine our surprise when we went up on Tuesday evening and this is what we saw - a mere 3 days after breaking ground! I am heading up tomorrow to show my mom... apparently the tar is up on the walls and they are starting to back fill. So much fun! I try to go up only every 2 or 3 days so more is done. :-)

Boy, does it look small though! I know it's the right house... but it sure doesn't seem like I can fit two cars in that garage...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pre-Construction Meeting and Ground Breaking!!!

What a whirlwind the past few days have been... Thursday was our pre-construction (road map) meeting. Our project manager walked us through everything we selected and how everything would happen. It was fun to hear about everything we selected all over again. And then, we walked the lot... it is so much bigger than we realized - nearly 1/3 acre. As my husband said, more than enough room to play corn hole. :-)

We met one set of neighbors that day and one set the next day when we went back to get the pictures (forgot the camera the first day)... what a great bunch of people! Can't wait for our house to be done!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So close....

Such a nice surpise to get a call from my husband that they put up the silt (?) fence... he explained it to me - not a big deal, but one step closer to breaking ground!... the most exciting part is that our they are supposed to break ground tomorrow!!! We also have our pre-construction meeting tomorrow... Still out of town, but what a nice day in store. :-) Although the getting home at midnight or later tonight part isn't so great... I won't complain.