For all my fellow Rome bloggers or those contemplating building a Ryan Homes Rome model- beware of the bulkhead if you have chosen to upgrade your kitchen cabinets to 42 inches! With 42 inch cabinets it may leave you very little space- 14 inches to be exact- between countertop/top of the stove to the bottom of the cabinets. Its not a close up picture but you can see how close the microwave is to the stove...standing in front of the stove/microwave Hubby couldn't even see the knobs to the stove and my crab boiling pot would certainly not fit in the small space!!! With our closing just a few short weeks away, we were frustrated that this wasn't noticed by our PM prior to the cabinets being installed or even when the bulkhead was being finished. When we visited the ROME model we noticed that the bulkhead was jogged up to accommodate for the 42 inch cabinets but that in our home this was not done. PM assured us that it would get corrected and earlier this week I visited the house to find someone working on jogging the bulkhead up the 4 inches that we would need to have adequate clearance for the appliances (Timberlake manuals, appliance manuals and many of the county codes require there to be 18 inches between countertop and bottom of cabinets). So when looking to upgrade your cabinets in the Rome model make sure you keep an eye on the bulkead above where the cabinets will sit so that they don't have to cut into the drywall to fix something that could have been avoided.
|Not a close up but you can see how close the microwave is to the stove.|
|The guy showing me how far up he was going bring the bulkhead.|
|The now jogged bulkhead...everything should fit now! Such a relief as the refrigerator is non returnable and I just love by big coffee pot too much to downsize!|