Saturday, September 17, 2011

Big decisions made

We are building a Victoria Falls with Ryan Homes - we are on contingent contract right now - its been about 30 days, and we are just waiting on some action on our current home before lifting the contingency and starting to build.

We live in a 3 br/2 ba ranch right now - its been on the market a month - the first two weeks were DEAD, then action has picked up substantially and we have great feedback. After another good showing today, I decided to start this blog to document our progress.

We had done a lot of work on our current home - built in 1988 - and we ultimately decided that we wanted to start fresh with a new house for our next house - where we plan to live for a long time. In the past 5 years, we have replaced roof, siding, gutters, HVAC, water heater, garbage disposal, all light fixtures, flooring, faucets, solid surface countertops. Some upgrades were our choice, some were regular home wear/tear type stuff (HVAC). Nonetheless, we did not want to go into another 10-20 year old house and have to pay all that stuff again in 5 years.

We found a good neighborhood with a location we like - and picked a tree-lined lot with a decent backyard. The sales rep has been very helpful so far.

We are building:
Victoria Falls - Elevation C - Sandstone brick with dark tan siding and almond trim/garage
3 car garage (front load)
Full finished basement with full bathroom and media room
Morning room
42 inch maple cabinets (andover maple spice)
Gourmet Island
Labrador Formica (we'll do granite later - the cost with Ryan was too high/inflated)
Home office option
4' extension to family room
Light package B
Master bedroom tray ceiling
Laminate woods in main living area on 1st floor
Level 2 carpet and 6 or 8 lb padding (except standard in basement)

We are very excited to eventually watch it being built. There is a Victoria Falls elevation C going up across the neighborhood from us, so its awesome to see what it will look like.

Some pics:

Our lot-

What our backyard will look like - the part within the plastic/staking but back to the trees (we are on the far side of the house in the picture - a Bainbridge):

Another Victoria Falls - Elevation C - going up in our community:


  1. Congratulations and welcome to the Ryan Homes blogging eFamily. As you have probably seen we love to get involved. Feel free to ask questions, share ideas and problems. Most of all...enjoy the will be very very stressfull but in the end you will have a lovely new HOME.

    I love all your selections and the Victoria Falls is a really nice layout...I love the stairs...did you get the upgraded stairs?

    Was very surprised to see you got a front-load 3-car garage. I don't think I have seen anyone do that...usually the 3-car is a side-entry.

  2. Congrats!!! I am very anxious to follow your home building process. You have a nice size backyard; where I live, you would be LUCKY to get a backyard with a new home purchase. Congrats, again.