Saturday, March 21, 2015

Walled in! - Ryan Homes Build

The drywall is up, taped and skimmed for one coat. What a difference it makes! So, as far as next week goes, a little more drywall work, painting, and then installing all the goodies we found in our garage! :) 

We haven't locked in our interest rate yet nor had a final confirmation of our closing date, but the last we knew it was going to be April 21st. Well, that is exactly a month away, folks. Four weeks. 31 days. YAY! :) Time will tell though. Of course, getting all the closing paperwork together is the least fun part of all but we are almost done with that as well. We are currently looking into homeowners insurance quotes. SO. MUCH. FUN. But I digress..

I also have to mention that our 4-year old son took my parents through the home yesterday and was ecstatic. He just had to show them his room and bathroom and the look on his face when he saw the drywall was priceless. Just as him dragging his papa through the house was. This little guy is STOKED! :) It was precious. 

Onward to pictures! 

Doors, cabinets, trim, banisters, and so much more to be unveiled! :) Pretty cool to see all that stuff. I just wasn't ready for it. I cannot believe it is that time already. 

Didn't realize this is how the sinks came. This is either the bonus room sink or the hall bath sink. Hello pretty Uba-tuba granite! :) Not sure why it says "do not lay flat" because it's laid flat.. oops! :) 

Hello pretty metal balusters! :) I am curious to see how these look installed! I fell in love with them when I initially saw them, but that was also with a home that had a large open staircase. We will see though. I definitely don't think there is anyway I could regret them. Maybe just wish there were more open areas on the stairs to place them. ;) I also can't wait to see how they look with grey stain. 

Bonus room drywalled! This room looked great! What a difference seeing it drywalled in. When we were going over lighting options, I went back and forth between recessed lights and the fan/light selection. We ultimately just chose the fan/light option. I have barely thought about buying fans yet and I was thinking there will be no way to light this room unless I set a lamp somewhere. Oh well, it's just a little thing.. but definitely crossed my mind. ;) I'm going to have to get stocked up on either lamps or fans with lights! 

Another view of the bonus room looking from the windows towards the stairs, closet, and bathroom. 

The "hall" of the bonus room. Straight ahead is the closet, the first piece of wood seen leads towards the stairs to go back to the kitchen/dinette, the second piece of wood seen walks into the bathroom.

Standing at the stairs coming from the bonus room. You all have seen this view countless times. :) I'm going to have to do a progression set of pictures after all of this is done just to see what it comes from. Straight ahead: kitchen, middle right: family room, far right: dinette area. 

Family room with fireplace & two optional recessed lights above fireplace. 

Hall leading to the dining room and living room. First wooden piece seen on the left is the half-bath, second wooden piece is the closet. 

Dining room with optional tray ceiling. In love with the tray ceiling! It has come along perfectly. I can't imagine not putting it in. We did see it in another home without it and it still looks great (and actually makes the ceiling higher without because they had to drop it down to place the tray due to beams/framework). Windows seen are optional. 

From the hall looking into the living room. Windows seen straight ahead are optional. Again, we did not choose the study feature. If you do, the left wall extends to the middle a little more and french doors are placed. Our next-door neighbor has the study feature. I'm sure the french doors are going to look GREAT! But, I'm still please with this room without. It will still be a study/office for us as well. :) 

Another view of the living room. The little "nook" to the middle/right is where I'm thinking a desk, or now that I think of it, tall bookshelf will fit perfectly. The wall has to be divided due to the return duct being placed on the right side. 

BIG difference being walled in on the stairs. With the 4-bedroom layout it's like you almost walk right into the wall at the top of the stairs. From the looks of the 3-bedroom layout you gain probably a foot or more at the landing of the stairs than with this layout. But nonetheless, I don't remember minding this walking through the two EH models we saw. :) Perfect place for a good picture or framed quote at the top of the stairs though! The ceilings in this area make you dizzy they are so high when you look up! :)

Our master bathroom with the change that we requested involving the removal of that dropped down frame between the sinks/closets & toilet/shower. HUGE DIFFERENCE, FRIENDS! Oh my goodness, I am completely glad it is just smooth across now. It looks lovely and feels so much more open. 

Master bedroom with the optional window on the very left. Love this extra window! :) And that tray is LOVELY! We will be placing a fan/light in the middle of the tray. We also have an outlet included in the tray to place rope lights later. I can't wait to see this room completed! :) 

We walked through the model for the first time yesterday. It is coming along nicely! It's the John Steinbeck model that I absolutely LOVE. The first floor is just so open and glorious. I really, really hesitated on which home to choose, although in the end we chose the EH because we could get at least 30k more in upgrades with this home. I still love this home and can't wait to see our touches personalize it, but if you can afford it and/or are willing to update later, the Steinbeck really is LOVELY! :) The goal of the model was to portray it as "affordable" versus top-of-the-line-make-you want-everything-in-it but can't-get-it. It's going to be very appealing when completed, I think. 

The model home and the home to the very right of our home now both have siding. The model being red & the other home being "granite grey" like ours will be. It's a darker grey like we were hoping. So it was nice to see! :) 


  1. Wow! Your home is going to have such charm and character. I love it even unfinished! I can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. I love the archway from the entry into the living area. It's huge. It opens up the entire floor. I don't know how you got all of these pics. I would still be in the garage going through the goodies. Lol

  3. Your floor plan is really nice - this house is going to be fantastic! Have fun with the build

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I really love how open everything is, you get a lot of natural light. You'll be home before you know it!


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