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Thursday, March 1, 2012

It's All Coming Together

The countertops were installed today and I must say I'm not impressed so far. There is a very noticeable chip by the cooktop and a very large crack at the corner of the island. The L shaped pieces are uneven and have a hugh gap between them. There was no support for the under mount sink which I don't think is such a good thing.

The bathrooms are all put together however all the toilet paper holders are put right next to the toilets. You would have lean back or sideways to get toilet paper off the roll.

The interior doors are horrible. They have a huge gap at the bottom that I was told to help air circulation. If I had babies crawling around the house I would have to put a baby gate up at all the closed doors so they couldn't crawl under them.

I want to take our electrician out to dinner. He did a fantastic job with everything. If I could make a suggestion to everyone and buy a "whole home surge protector" and have it installed at your electric box. We bought our's at Lowes or Home Depot for $50. It's a cheap cost that will save you a lot of money down the road if something were to happen.

                                       My new neighbor and I
Maybe it's me just being overly picky but I was kind of let down when I went to the house today. I know it will all work out but it's still a little frustrating.


  1. overall its looking great and yes luckily for us the PMs want all 10s on their survey so they will break their back trying to make sure your satisfied, good luck with the mishaps. Here is something I found to help with the doors, it will be pricey to fix all the doors but will def. help the ones that are important.

  2. between houses, we stayed with friends who built a Ryan home. I noticed all the doors were cut short at the bottom. Of course, my house had the same. At first I thought it would bother me, but it really doesn't. In fact, I like being able to run my 24" dust mop UNDER the door without having to open it.
    FYI, there will be a lot of things that you will notice. Fix what you can and move on. So many little things you notice now will fade into the grey noise of your life. For example, when I remodeled my kitchen (all by myself) years ago, I stressed over some little things that I forgot about within weeks.

  3. Our doors had quite a gap under them and then they installed the carpet - it ate up about half of the gap. If we had hardwoods it probably would still be a big gap. I too wasn't very happy about it, but I don't even notice it now. I think it is odd that they cut them so short, but I can understand about the air flow. Ryan builds very tight homes and you need the air to circulate somehow.

    We had two cracks in base cabinets. One was the end of the island and the other was by the morning room. He had to order a new cabinet for the island and was able to re-skim the one by the morning room. The gaps between cabinets are fixed with a piece of molding.

  4. You are spending a lot of money to get something done right. Not done the way they feel like doing it.

    Your PM will probably give you the company line about your HVAC working properly and talk about return air, but if you talk good HVAC guys they'll tell you it's nonsense. Ryan cuts the doors this way so they don't have to be bothered measuring each threshold. Just cut 'em all high and screw it, I think is their philosophy. I guess you and I will be searching for solutions to that one together. For the master bedroom I want to get another door. I just wish there had at least been options for 'door done right' during the sales process.

    We have a return air vent in every room with a door so I dont' get how they think we'll buy this 'return air flow' crap.

  5. I thought I was the only one who noticed *and hated* the doors until I read this. It drives me crazy to see the huge gap before the door starts on the bottom. I didn't even bother to ask about it, but I think it looks awful and lazy.