I felt like it was never going to happen, but we had our pre-construction meeting today! It went well. I really like our project manager. He's been with Ryan for years so he knows what he's doing - bonus! We went over the blueprints. Aside from a couple of lights we didn't know we were getting, everything was the way we expected. There was some confusion about the location of our laundry room. Originally we were going to have it in the basement, but I finally convinced my husband to have it on the second floor. That change wasn't made in our paperwork. Our PM doesn't think it will be an issue to have the location changed, but he has to check with a couple of people about it. Hopefully it won't be an issue. One thing I'm bummed out about (and its really not a big deal) is that Ryan changed the cabinet selections. I like the cabinets we're getting, but there some new ones that I love. Oh well. I know that we've benefited from past changes to the materials and house plan. Oh, and Ryan's incentive this month? FREE FINISHED BASEMENT!!! Too bad it doesn't apply to homes already purchased. Can you tell I'm still a little bitter about not getting any incentive?
After a good hour or so going over the blueprints we went up to check out the lot. It was staked out so we had a good idea of our property and the "outline" of the house. The "house" looks so small! I guess its hard to envision. But it was cool to really see where the rooms, garage, driveway, etc... will be. They'll start digging next week and then do the foundation. He says the lumber will be delivered around the second week of December. With the holidays coming up, I'm sure time will fly.
Finally, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I have so many things for which to be thankful. For the purposes of this blog, I am so thankful that we are able to build a new home of our own, that we get to see our house being built, that we're going to live in a great neighborhood, and for all of the wonderful times ahead of us and all of the great memories we'll be making in our new home. I'm also thankful for all of the other bloggers out there who have written about their journey so we know what to expect. Happy Thanksgiving!