Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's ours now!!!

Hello everyone,

I know I've been MIA for about a month but I have been keeping up with your blogs.  Congrats to all those who have closed and to those soon to close.  I'm writing this Saturday from Hawaii, yes I've returned :-(  but here's a recap of the last week.

19/20 Jan - I was fortunate enough to make the trip to the east coast for the pre-settlement and closing.  After a grueling 11 hour flight from Hawaii my hubby scooped me up at the airport and we headed straight for the house for our pre-settlement meeting.  It started at eleven and we didn't get done until almost 4:30 pm.  Our PM went through the entire house with us and then we had a blue tape party.  There were a few things that needed minor attention such as uneven dry wall, spot painting, paint spots on the wood floors and banisters.  But we did have and still have an issue with the master bathroom tile floors.  We paid extra for colored grout and apparently they used one color grout on the walls and another on the floor.  We addressed this to the PM and he said he could tell where the grout was lighter on the floor so they were going to take care of it.

21-25 Jan - Spent these days searching for a washer and dryer and blinds as well as shopping for furniture.  We ended up buying a washer and dryer but will hold off on furniture until I return in August.

26 Jan - The morning of closing we had a final walk through but the floors were no better although he insists they took care of it.  I don't doubt that they worked on the floors they just don't look right.  We also pointed out a broken tile in the kitchen which he fixed but also used the wrong color grout on that floor so they will have to redo.

Closing lasted two hours...but overall the entire mortgage process was painless...we were fortunate to not have any issues and did not have to provide any last minute documents as I have read from other bloggers.  We took our time reading what we were signing and it took a bit for the settlement agent to get us copies of everything we signed.  Once we were done we got the keys and headed back to my hubby's apartment to start moving him over.

26/27 Jan - We were busy moving Thursday evening and all day Friday.  I was grateful to spend two nights in my new home but that's all I got until August.  I sent our PM an email regarding my dissatisfaction with the grout in both the kitchen and master bath and what the plan for correction will be.  I hope to hear from him early next week.

28 Jan - Back on the long grueling flight to Hawaii.  I know I'm lucky to live in such a nice place but I'd rather be in my home!  Here are a few pictures of the finished home plus the issue with the grout.

Until next time..take care!

Looking into kitchen from Family Room

Morning Room


From Dining room into Foyer

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom with light colored grout - should be darker!

Darker grout on bath wall...lighter grout on floor... :-(

Master Shower





Media Room

Kitchen tile that was fixed...wrong color grout!!!

Another shot of the repaired kitchen tile


Our first purchase - LG Washer
Our first purchase - Dryer


  1. Congratulations! Your home is beautiful!

  2. Beautiful! I love the stone on the front. I don't think we even had that stone option - it's gorgeous!

    Your tile to carpet transition is lovely. Our bathroom tile just sort of stops and then there's carpet. Yours looks much more intelligently designed.

    At least when you leave paradise you'll be coming to a lovely home.

  3. The house looks beautiful! I bet you can't wait until August!

  4. WOW...what a beautiful home! I just can't believe they "fixed" your tile with the wrong color grout!!

    Hawaii...I can dream about it!! LOL


  5. Congratulations!
    Your house is very nice, I am getting the Zachary Place model btw!

  6. Thank you all for the comments.
    @ Tammigirl, yes we like the transitions too...I would check with your PM to see if they can add those transitions
    @ Leah, your're right I can't wait until August...I hope the time flies quickly, it just seems to far away :-)
    @ Anonymous, PM said they are going to find a solution so we'll see what they come up with!
    @Jimmy - I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your process...not too many Zachary bloggers!

  7. thanks for your blog! Your house is the exact same exterior colors that we picked for ours and I am happy that I found your photos to be sure I like the combination. :)
    Also - this is our 2nd Ryan Homes build and in our old neighborhood, the Zachary was the largest and nicest model available -- so I am sorry that I didn't find you sooner so I could help possibly answer some of your questions -- or point you in the direction of where to see a Zachary because we are also in MD.

    1. @Kimmie...glad you were able to see the color combination...we love it! We also have our bathroom similiar to yours...same saddle listello but we chose the fidenza cafe tile...looks almost the same and we love that color combination too...looking forward to the progress of your home!

  8. I am sorry to hear about all of your problems. I have seen a lot of shabby work with cabinets and countertops in the some of the homes that I have walked through. Your kitchen turned out great! Are you happy with the dark hardwood. We want to go with the cherry, but are undecided.