Thursday, May 5, 2011


Our pre-settlement yesterday was great. We had the inspector come in at 10 am and he was there until just after our pre-settlement started at 2 pm. Daniel was there the whole time as I had a half day at work. Overall the inspector said the house was built well and he didn't see any major issues.  The inspector gave us piece of mind and I feel we learned a lot from him and our PM.  Something that I feel made it so great was that our inspector took time.  Being there for 4 hours he did a through job.  Our PM said most inspectors come in and are done in like an hour.  Our PM even asked him for his card because he did a thorough job looking at the house.
Most of my time was spent in the kitchen. I didn't want to leave it because...we have cabinet crown molding. I didn't think we would have it. I wrote a note to ask our PM for contact info for the cabinets so we could add it later. Now there is no need. Also just before we left we ran the dishwasher to get a sense of the noise factor. It's defiantly quieter than ones we've had in the past, so we're keeping it for now.


I'm so glad we went through NVR settlement.  The fact that we don't have to wait for a wire to come through in order to get our keys is fantastic. 

So let's finish this countdown



For us we required a new home.  We kinda got spoiled.  Our first place together was an rehabbed apartment with new everything.  Plus we couldn't find our requirements in existing homes in the areas we were looking.  Plus something has to be said for piece of mind in not needing to replace our HVAC, appliances, and a roof.  Plus the experience of building from the ground up is awesome.  Going from a flat piece of land to our dream home is so amazing to us.  Which leads me to #1



I know there are a few of us in the Ryan blog family that are building our first home, but it is not the norm throughout the country.  To top it off, we didn't build a starter home, we built a forever home.  That's such an amazing and at the same time a humbling experience. 

I didn't take a lot of pics on my phone yesterday, but here it is.  The finished product...

Isn't she a beauty?

Showing off our FABULOUS crown molding on top of the cabinets

Just in case you got basic black appliances.  The back burner on the right is a simmer burner


  1. Great pics! LOVE your house and the cabinets!! WOOHOO!!

    Congrats honey! Enjoy the closing and your new home!!!!

  2. Everything looks fantastic.

  3. I love that your countdown says 11 hours! We are building our first home too. What an experience. I am so excited for you! Good luck tomorrow. Remember to take a minute to breathe and enjoy this with all the moving.

  4. Congrats you did it! Your journey has come to an end and now you have your beautiful house. Your cabinets look awesome. You are gonna lovelove love your new place. Remember to take a lot of pictures once you are all moved in.

  5. Wow! It looks amazing! 48 minutes on the countdown, have fun!!!! :) Congratulations!!!

  6. Almost time to settle!!! yaaaay! I think we are going to have the same stove! It's nice! Similar to what we have now!