Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pre-Construction & Tips

On a good note... our pre-construction meeting is scheduled on Monday, May 14th.  We have a few decisions to wrap up before then regarding extra outlets and extra windows.    


Here are a few great tips that I read about on other Ryan Homes' blogs:
  •  Have an outlet installed in the kitchen cabinets for under cabinet lighting
  •  Add extra recessed lights that line up with the island and replace with pendant lights after settlement or change the placement of the recessed lights that are included
  •  Add an outlet in the master closet or laundry room for an iron
  •  Add an outlet halfway up the staircase for a vacuum or night light
  •  Add an extra hose bib on the side of the house for sprinkler, especially if you have a side load garage... for washing your car.
  •  Add a kill switch at the top of the basement stairs that turns off all of the basement lights (especially for those with kids)
  •  Add a light switch for the outdoor garage lights at the front door (3-way switch - 1 at front door and 1 in the garage (both control garage lights))
  •  Add an extra outlet in the garage for a refrigerator
  •  Add a floor drain in the garage
  •  Run a PVC pipe under your sidewalk or driveway for electrical wires for future post lamps or dog fences
  • Move the location of the doors to the unfinished areas in the basement
Please post any other tips that you can think of in the comment section below.  


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28 comments:

  1. Upgrade your toilets! The standard ones are soooo short!

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    1. I did not realize that they offered this as an option. Do they upgrade all the toilets? Is there just the one upgrade level?

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    2. She only told me about one upgrade. On my sheet it says "Elongated comfort HGT Toilet House" They are taller and ADA approved. I don't remember how much taller though. It cost me $325 total for all 4 toilets.

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    3. My price sheet has the upgraded toilets listed as: "Elongated Comfort HGT Toilet House $300". This upgrades all of the toilets in the house.

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    4. Thanks! I see it there on the options sheet now, code 9TC.

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  2. Oh, and upgrade your faucet if you want a sprayer!

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    1. We are getting granite, so the upgraded faucet was automatically added (for an additional fee, of course! ).

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    2. Ditto Maria, with granite they upgrade automatically for the faucet with the sprayer. Otherwise, I'd suggest swapping it out yourself. They really take you to the bank on the fixture upgrades.

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    3. I have granite too but we weren't automatically upgraded to the pull-out faucet. I had to ask for it.

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  3. If you unsure about anything, make sure to ask for clarification. Never assume anything. Also, be sure to ask what kind of communication you can expect from your PM. I asked for advice regarding this meeting, and here is what I got from fellow bloggers: http://buildingourverona.blogspot.com/2012/01/we-have-dates.html. Good luck with your meeting! Have you heard anything about your cabinets yet?

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    1. I'm anxiously waiting for an answer on the cabinets!

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  4. Think about making the front walk 4 ft vs. 3 ft wide. Also make the front steps wider we went with 5 ft steps. Makes a big difference and if I recall correctly was less than $300.00 to upgrade.

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    1. I'm going to try this one. Less than $300the sounds reasonable.

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  5. we worked a side deal with the PM and concrete guy; for $300 "on the side" we got the driveway extended to the edge of the garage on both sides. Adds about 4' and highly worth it.
    Run a pvc or smurf tube from the attic to the basement predrywall. I ran a (flexible) smurf tube that I later ran a coax from my attic antenna to the basement. Beats the crap outta paying for cable.
    I put two low voltage boxes in the family room with smurf tube punching down to the basement. That allowed me to run my speaker wires under the floor.
    Add an outlet on the opposite side of the island. This allows you to charge phone, laptop, whatever without running a cord across the counter.
    skip the faucet upgrade. It's an easy thing to do yourself and the options at Home Depot is huge!
    Insulate garage cold walls
    VERIFY outside electrical outlets AND hose bibs. DO NOT accept the "it's at the plumber's discretion" crap. You will likely not like his discretion.

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  6. Here's a big tip. Don't cheap out on inspections. I hired an inspector ( a very reputable one) to look at my house pre-drywall this week. He found 3 framing issues, one of them significant and I am certain it would have been covered up by siding. I haven't decided if I am going to post pictures of these flaws yet, I'm waiting to see how Ryan responds to them before advertising them. One thing I will mention, my inspector was very surprised that I am not getting a pan and drain under my washing machine because it is not code in my county. Sad. I've never seen a house around here without one.

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    1. Our PM told us that pan under the washer is only for second-floor laundry rooms.

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  7. Right, I should have specified, mine, in the Verona, is on the second floor. He said he can't even recall a second floor laundry room without one. They really cheaped out here. I probably would have paid a few $ just to have it.

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    1. That is surprising. Did you happen to ask them if they would still put one in? They may still accommodate you considering there are some other major issues that they need to correct.

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    2. The PM indicated he will not install a pan.

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    3. Are you purchasing a washer and dryer from Ryan?

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    4. No. I am bringing my own. I did get the laundry tub though.

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  8. In my current home, elongated toilets were an upgrade, which I I highly recommend. Apparently it was standard in my Ryan home. It's amazing how many regional differences there are in the options. They should provide a master list of non-standard options for the region. There are many options people would never know about if not for the blogs.

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    1. I have to say that this might have been the most reasonably priced option on the price sheet. I am enjoying reading all of the blogs and learning so much.

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  9. I've spent days looking through blogs for a post like this. Thank you VERY much. Building in Maryland as well with Ryan & it's my first time. It's a bit overwhelming.

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    1. Do you have a blog? Whenever I click on your name its says you have not yet made it public.

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    2. You're welcome! I am so appreciative of all the RH blogs out there. If you start a blog, let me know and I'll add you to my blogroll on the right side menu bar.

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