Saturday, May 26, 2012


TV is mounted and the surround sound is hooked up, happy husband, has been playing jazz from the tv all day.



Just checking in its been a while, we have closed on our home and we are now decorating. Thought we would post a few pictures,there are more pictures to come. Here is the Morning Room view from the kitchen.

Friday, May 18, 2012


Closing is on wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Wow what a process and it is finally coming to fruition. Etta James can say it much better than I, the Milan  is almost occupied and our worrying days are gone AT LAAAST! LOL! I thank everyone for sharing your stories, we need to start our post move in Ryan Homes Blogs. Its going to be great to see how everyone fills up their homes.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Our first bumps in the process have taken place. We were set to close on the 11th, however we had an inspection prior to closing. Needless to say the inspector found some minor items that could have caused problems later in the life of the home. We also had an issue with our island, we noticed that the island is really close to the dishwasher making it hard to get in between the island if the dishwasher door is open.We looked at a couple of our neighbors Milan's and noticed there was about a 1 1/2 foot difference in their islands and ours. Our PM who has been great told us that our island was set to specifications. The reason for the difference is as follows, their islands were set for the distance of a gourmet island hence the extra space. Our PM made the change for us and moved the island even though Ryan was correct on this one. We are set for reinspection on Tuesday, and hope to get a clear for closing. To all the Milan builders you may want to take note if you are getting a regular island, see if they will set your island like it was a gourmet type. Glad our neighbors allowed us to look at their islands. Wish us luck, and thanks to Mommy Esq. we ended up per our lender getting the inspection, set us back but it feels good knowing that there will not be any issues that were not addressed.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


One thing we found out and I hope those that are still early in the process will take note of, Ryan does not put lighting in the bedrooms, if you dont buy a lighting package all you will get will be light switches.You have to get pre wires otherwise you will have to use lamps.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Went by our home today , the interior is coming together all the doors are in place, and there was a second coat of paint on the walls.Also the tile in master bath is almost finished, things are moving along rather swiftly. On a side note a truck was out front spraying in the insulation in the attic of house. I talked with the guy that was running the insulation machine, he said of all the builders he does this for, Ryan uses the top end insulation. None of the other major builders here in Charlotte use that grade insulation, I forget what he told me about the specs,they run a hose into the attic and pump the insulation in. Pictures of banister, fireplace and master bath.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Latest picture of the exterior, and the four houses in our culdesac that are in different stages of the building process. So far there is a Martineque on one side,A Milan next door, differerent elevation, and a Kirkgate at the end of our street.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Things are starting to move really fast. Our brick is up,the siding is on the house and the drywall is complete. Here are the latest pictures.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Hello Ryan family this is Tammy. My wonderful husband usually posts on the blog, but today I said its my turn. The process with the home is moving very well and I am very pleased with the results. Well the meeting with guardian was today for pre-dry wall which mean simply to show us were the outlets will be located. Everything was going great until the rep suggested  a 47inch television and said it will look great over the fireplace HELP!!!!!!! Ladies  I think I was set up today. Why does anyone need that much television? Men I do know how you support one another,but this question is for the LADIES ONLY. Share with me a few of the compromises that you made and you are happy with the results. I need feedback ladies will be looking for your post have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Stopped by house today and our windows in, things are really progressing. We have a meeting with Guardian to go over the placements of the oulets and data ports. I also met some more of my neighbors I think we have a good group around us, I am thankful for that.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Went by the house today and this is my nice surprise for today,framing is going fast. Another high point for today three of my soon to be neighbors were on site checking on the progress of their homes as well. Looks like we are going to have some really great neighbors we even discussed a block party, due to all us moving in one behind
the other.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Framing has begun, the contractors were still working at 7:00p.m. tonight. We are exited about the progress to this point. Cant wait until the end of the week, to see whats been done.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Our PM has been right on target we went to check out our lot and the wood is here, the driveway has been poured and we are very excited. The pictures were not that good a little blurry but here are Daryl and Tammy the hairstylist with our wood.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I have been very impressed with our PM, I was able to stop by our lot today and as has been the case our PM Mike is always there and in the thick of things. He has always taken time to talk with me and explain details about the building process, I apppreciate him taking time out for me. Our driveway was to be poured today and our lumber is also arriving ,with framing to start on Monday. We are excited!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Went by the lot today and was happy to see that our foundation has been poured. It was unbelievable how much activity was going on, the concrete people poured two lots while I was there. At one house they poured a driveway, and on another the foundation was poured. I expect things to really take off now that we have our foundation  in place. Our wood is expected to be here this week



Thursday, March 1, 2012


Excitement in the air stopped by our lot today, and our PM was on site as there are about 5 homes in close proximity to ours being built at the same time. This is our lot, since the last visit it has been dug  for the foundation to be poured the plumbing and electrical conduits are in. My PM says we are waiting on inspectors and that our foundation will either be poured Friday or Monday, our wood will also be delivered next week. Another pleasant surprise took place as I was watching all the work going on, a gentlemen walked up I asked if he was building and found out he is one of our neighbors who was there for his Pre Drywall meeting, God Is Good. I was really impressed with our PM Mike, he was very courteous and patient we talked for a bit, but he is really involved with the building process.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pre Construction meeting

Yesterday was our pre construction meeting we met our Project Manager for the first time at the model in our development. In the meeting we reveiwed the plans and specs of our Milan and we also made sure that all of our selections were listed. Our PM seems to be very versed in the building process he has been with Ryan for 10 years, I was pleased to hear that. I asked if he used the same contractors, he informed us that he has been working with these contractors for an extended period of time. We visited our lot and the PM showed us how our home will be placed on the lot. Overall I am happy I wish we would have had a little more space on one side of the home, a little closer than I would really like. We are in a culdesac and so far there will only be 4 houses there for an extended period of time. All in all great meeting our delivery date is early May.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Some of our upgrades, Morning Room, Fireplace, Luxury Owners Bath, Ceiling Fan Rough Ins 5 Rooms, Hardwood In Foyer, and Hall leading to Family Room These are just some of our extras.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Lot

Our Lot trash can is in the way but there is the sold sign.

Getting ready !

We have done our selections and are now waiting on our pre construction meeting. I have been reading some of the blogs and they were very helpful.