Saturday, September 29, 2012


So after a 2 hr meeting to select colors (our SR was very patient but we were coming close to being the longest color selection meeting he's ever had!) here are some of our selections:

For the outside of the house- Graphite Grey siding, Autumn buckeye partial stone, Savanna Moss brick for the foundation, black shutters and Wine red door with the standard white trim for the windows and porch. Kitchen cabinets- Wyoming cherry square bordeaux with Giollo Ornamental granite.  The master bath will have the same cabinets but the white marble countertops (the standard option) and the guest bathroom will have Scottsdale Maple cognac with the marble. (Anyone notice that these options make you want to go out for drinks?)  We still have to select the floors which will be hardwood in the Foyer, LR, DR, Kitchen downstairs bath and Morning Room. The rest of the house will be carpet.  All of which we will select in a couple of weeks.

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's off to NVR we go!

Wish us luck! Our first meeting with NVR is today. Guess we're going to see if all of our options calculations are correct!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

To Light or not to light?

We are thinking about adding pendant lights above the gourmet island.  Does anyone out there have pics of this option/upgrade?  We are adding the morning room and additional windows so I feel that there will be enough light in the kitchen with the recessed lights that are included but several people (my mother in law included!) feel that we should have the pendant lights even if just for decoration. Thoughts?

Elevation E- albeit without the partial stone

After extensive discussions on the Elevation and pointing out color preferences, our SR found a Rome nearby with Elevation E! It doesn't have the partial stone but it is the closest to what we are thinking of doing.  So just imagine the stone off of the pic from the previous post combined onto this Rome (but with a side garage). YAY! (I guess my SR was intuitive enough to realize that I'm a visual person and I can't just look at the specs=)


We can't wait to call our Rome "Home Sweet Home"!  This summer has been full of exciting changes for our family and yesterday we were able to put the SOLD sign on the lot where we are going to build our new home.  After recently moving back to Virginia, starting two new jobs and moving in with the in laws (my hubby's parents) it is a dream come true to have a picture of our destination in this journey.  This blog is also a bit of a change as it is my first one and I initially thought it crazy to even be reading the blogs about everyone's experiences with home building.  But after extensively reading many of the Rome blogs that are out there and even meeting a fellow Rome blogger (you know who you are!)- I couldn't resist the urge to recount our family's experience with building our new Ryan Home.  

Our home search started long before we even moved to Virginia so when we were finally able to relocate to be closer to family, my husband and I both knew exactly what we wanted in our next home.  Some of the requirements included a 2 car garage, a front porch, a laundry ROOM (not just one of the closets that you open- if the house didn't have that it was off the list no matter what other amenities that it had), a large master suite (with LOTS of closet space- mainly for all my shoes and all of his gray polos), a study and of course, a great kitchen with a large pantry.  The list was quite extensive (and pretty specific).  After dragging our kids to countless open houses and visiting a number of builders, we were ecstatic to find that the Rome 99.9% of everything that we were looking for.  Plus- my brother and sister in law have a Ryan Home and they love it too!

We are just in the preliminary stages of deciding on the options but we are well on our way to creating the home that works best for us.  Some of the things that we know we are getting right now-
-the Up Upgraded bathroom (my husband thinks it funny that I call it that instead of the Owners Bathroom Type E w/ soaking tub & shower Alternate layout- Can't waste words honey!)
-Morning Room with Gourmet Island
-One of our non standard requests: french glass doors from the family room into the study
-Elevation E (can't have rocking chairs without a front porch!)
-Side car garage (this was something that we REALLY wanted but was also included in the neighborhood specifications so YAY! for the side car garage credit!).
-Partial stone (also included with the side car garage).  I'm thinking something similar to this color palette.

I'll include more of the options later, but I wanted to thank all you bloggers- especially my fellow Romers for all of the helpful tips and stories about your experiences.  It has helped us decide on several options and given us great ideas for our own Rome Sweet Home.