Friday, March 2, 2012

Inside Framing Pics & other appliance choices

Russ went to the house yesterday and took TONS of pictures inside.  The framing of the walls makes it much easier to figure out, BUT it is still hard because our layout is flipped from all the plans and model home.  Check it out and hopefully I will get the captions right!
This is standing in the morning room looking through the kitchen, pantry, powder room, dining room , and then living room.

This is the family room -- we didn't get the windows on the side like our last house and we aren't 100% sure if we are happy with that decision... the view on that side of the house is almost all trees...

Standing in the dining room looking into the garage and mud room (not really a room, just a small hallway with a closet at the end)

Standing at the front door looking down the hall all the way to the morning room

Upstairs looking into the loft, laundry room, and side bedroom.

Master bathroom and huge closet beyond the bathroom

We are still a bit worried that our yard is going to by absolutely teeny... but at least there is a common area just next to our yard that we can let the boys run around and play in.
We are starting to make some decisions about stuff to go in the house because Ryan homes doesn't provide a washer/dryer or refrigerator. We *THINK* these are what we are going to go with:

Samsung Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator Model #: RFG237AABP
I am not a big fan of a fridge hanging out too far into the space of the kitchen.  At our old house, the fridge was next to the wall so it wasn't too obvious that it was hanging out.  In the Rome layout, there is a small section of counter/cabinets that make it a little more of an issue for me.  We already have an extra refrigerator that will be in the garage (to fit all my diet cokes - ha ha), so I think I am willing to give up some cubic feet in our main fridge so it comes out to just the counter depth.  In the model, they had a HUGE fridge that just looked silly to me - hanging out into the kitchen by about 8 inches, so that sealed the deal that I wanted to search for counter depth instead.
At our old house, we had an upstairs laundry room -- but it was supposed to be a closet that was converted into a laundry room (by Ryan Homes - an option).  We got an HE front-loader washer and dryer and I was never able to use anything but the LOW spin setting because even that would shake the house like crazy.  From that experience (and the discovery of that mildew problem), I have decided to not get front-loaders.  
So we are going with the following:
LG 4.3 cu. ft. Large Capacity Top Load Washer Model #WT4801CW
LG 7.1 cu. ft. Large Capacity Electric Dryer Model #DLE4801W

And we are also getting an additional freezer for the garage - I just would rather have a separate freezer so we don't have any issues with stuff piled on top of stuff in that bottom freezer. :)
Danby 16.0 cu. ft. Upright Freezer Model #DUFM454WDB 

Now we just wait to see how things progress.  Russ asked the PM to add some wood into the framing in various places so he can eventually hang things without being confined to where there is a stud.  He plans to take much more detailed photos than the ones in this post so that he can use them for future house projects and KNOW where load-bearing walls and studs can be found.  :)
Some things on our current list of thoughts are:
1)  Will we be able to put a pull-out trash container in one of the cabinets?
2)  Will we be able to find some way to make use of the extra space on either side of the fridge?
3)  Are we going to have any decent yard behind our house... or will it be straight down... possibly even worse than our old house.
4)  Where will we put the dog cages?
5)  What will we do to organize the "study" -- the boys call it the "computer room"?
6)  How will we set up shelves in the garage... there is apparently a pretty large ledge that sticks out on the side where the stairs are (the only space for shelves)?
7)  Will our color choices look OK?????????  I hope so.


  1. Looks good so far. Make sure you take pictures of each and every wall and ceiling space during your pre-drywall meeting. That way you know what is in every wall. We have already used it several times to see where certain wires were in the wall.

    In our kitchen we have an LG french door and love it. Found it at HD two black Friday's ago. We like it because it has the ice maker on the door and doesn't take up space on the top shelf of the fridge. It sticks out a bit from the counter, but here is so much room between the little side cabinet on one side and a larger cabinet on the other that we actually have room for a tall step stool. Also, once you get the cabinet for that little space between the fridge and the wall for the pantry - check to see if you can open the lower door AND pull the sliding shelf out (if your cabinets have them). Ours didn't open wide enough without banging up the wall. PM flipped the door for us so that we can now get into the cabinet without the knob hitting the wall.

    As for washer and dryer, see if they can mount the dryer vent box a little higher on the wall - it will make it easier to get to if you ever have to pull out the dryer. As for brands, we went with an LG top load and love it much more than our Samsung front load. We found them on sale during black Friday this past year, again from HD.

    1. Thanks Gina! We plan to bring up the cabinet door direction next time we see him! :)

  2. I understand trying to visualize the home when you have a reverse plan. If you go to Ryan's site and pull up the Design Floor plan for your model, on the top right of the plan are two arrows pointing away from each other. If you click on them, it will reverse the floor plan.
    I just found your blog. I look forward to following the rest of your progress :)

    1. WOW! Thank you so much! I had no idea about that and both my husband and I are "computer people"! ha ha! THANK YOU - I already updated my other post with the correct layout! :)

    2. You're welcome! That button didn't used to be there on the old site. When Ryan revamped their site, they added it. I was so excited to see it as we are also reverse plan. The lot we originally chose was per plan and we were so confused because the model was reverse. Now that we are reverse on another lot, I'm glad that Ryan added that feature.

  3. Welcome to the blogging community. I can't wait to see how your house progresses.

    I clicked on the links for the washer/dryer and it took me to two other blogs. Did you do that on purpose?

    1. oops? I think it links to the appliances connection website where we are purchasing them... not sure how you ended up at another blog. I'll try to figure it out. Thanks for the heads up. :)