When we arrived we found that the floors and carpets had been uncovered, and that we have electricity and water along with a pretty much completely functional kitchen. At this point all we are looking at is the finishing touches and the house will be complete!
Without further ado here are the pictures!
|Bedroom #4 Closet|
|Elevation "C" 2 ft extension and centered windows|
|Loft looking toward hallway and bedroom #3|
|Loft looking towards laundry room and linen closet|
|Looking towards closet|
|looking towards door|
|Ignore the Halloween shirt, we had just come from the pumpkin patch|
When I had stopped by the house a week ago I noticed that all the bathroom fixtures were chrome, when we had upgraded to the brushed nickel. I let my PM know and they are now in the process of replacement. You'll see some switched over fixtures, but most of the tp holders and towel racks are still chrome.
|This room gets wonderful afternoon light|
|looking toward closet|
|Looking out to the hallway and staircase|
|this is a TON of room!|
|Looking towards sitting area|
|Side wall #1|
|back closet wall|
|side wall #2|
One thing I know I was curious about was the configuration of the shelves in the master closet, and I haven't seen it addressed in many of the blogs. This is the set up for the closet near the sitting area, it has two shelves on the two side walls and one long shelf across the back
|looking towards master bath|
|Its not a ton of space, but it sure is pretty!|
|Close up of listello|
I am really glad that I chose a lighter colored grout, especially with my listello. If you have a listello with lighter colored glass, and you like the look of the lighter/clear colored glass, I would try to choose a lighter color of grout, because the lighter colored glass pieces will look darker if they are on the background of a darker grout. I really didn't think about this when I was in the design center, but I'm glad it all worked out. I've read another Ryan blog in which the homeowner had the same listello as I chose, but it looked completely different because they chose a much darker main tile and a much darker grout color. Just something to think about.
Do you notice anything strange in the above photo? Look at the listello along the side wall, do you also notice that it is missing any small white tiles? I thought it looked really strange, the white tiles are pretty well dispersed throughout the rest of the listello along the shower and the back wall of the tub, and then nothing, for pretty much a foot and a half. I mentioned it to my PM, and he is going to have that section replaced. I know it is kind of a picky request, but I also know it would drive me crazy looking at it for the rest of my life. I wasn't sure my PM would do it, I was really afraid I'd get the "natural pattern deviation" line, but I am so glad it is going to be fixed. The moral of the story is that if you see anything that you don't like, be sure to bring it up, the worst that can happen is you get a "no" for an answer.
|see, no white tiles, weird right?|
|Master closet off bath|
|Master closet off bath|
The configuration for the closet off the master bath is the same as the closet off the sitting area, two shelves on the far walls, and one long shelf on the long wall. If you notice a hole cut in the wall of the closet, that was so they could replace the drain plug in the tub from chrome to brushed nickel. It was not a cheap upgrade, but I'm really glad I did it. Its easy enough to replace a sink faucet, but the tub and shower fixtures/surround, not so much.
|light fixture over stairs|
|Looking down stairs to powder room|
|Looking to front door|
|looking to mudroom/garage|
|Love the recessed lights|
|looking into morning room|
|Looking from morning room into kitchen|
I LOVE the way the back splash turned out. I think it looks so nice with the cabinets and counter, it dresses up the space, but its neutral and not to busy. I know we could have done it cheaper with an outside contractor, but now its done and I don't have to worry about it.
|My giant sink|
So I noticed three problems in the kitchen, the first you can see in the lower right hand corner of the above picture, the cabinet is bowing out. I mentioned it to the PM last week, and it just needs the finishing strip to be tacked on. I'm going to be watching it carefully. The second you can also see in the above picture. The back splash ends by the stove and does not extend over the counter to the right of the fridge. This is really strange looking, and I've talked to other Rome owners in my neighborhood and the tile is supposed to be over that small part of counter. That needs to be fixed as well.
The third thing is this imperfection in the cabinet
I spoke to my PM about it, and he ordered another door for the cabinet. This is another small picky thing, but its really obvious and smack in the middle of the kitchen. I'm really glad I wasn't given the "natural wood grain" excuse, this is obviously a defect.
|The extra windows let in beautiful afternoon light|
|Hallway leaving from pantry to dining room|
|Costco here we come!|
|looking towards family room|
Our column was in place
They still have a few things to do, like cutting the rough ins for the pendant lights over the kitchen and all the sod and landscaping, but it is really coming together and should be all finished up within the next two weeks!