Friday, February 14, 2014

Selections for our Rome Model

This was a really fun process!  I'm very proud of all the money we saved by building conservatively this time around!  We only added structural upgrades that would be hard to do later.  Below are our Selections for our Rome.

Elevation:   Elevation C with All Siding

Color:  Siding Color is Sandy Tan with Dark Berry Shutters and Marooned Door.  Brick at base of home is Savannah Gray w/Buff Mortar.  Exterior White Trim Around House and Garage

Basement:  Non Finished Basement - Only Added 3 Piece Plumbing Rough-in for when we finish later. We used our $12,500 NVR Incentive towards our Morning Room instead of finished gameroom :)

Morning Room - Added Morning Room with standard sliding glass door - we can always replace it with a fancier door later.

Cabinet Choices:

Andover Maple Spice - Kitchen and Master Bathroom

Standard Oak - Upstairs Hall Bathroom - we will be ripping this out and replacing it with a full size vanity and saving it for the finished basement later :)

Appliances - We stuck with all standard black appliances.  Ryan charges way too much to upgrade to stainless steel and you basically lose your free credit for appliances because they don't take that into consideration with the upgrade cost.  We will take their free appliances and sell them and use the money for stainless steel appliances or keep them and use them and replace them later.

Gas Dryer Hookup - Added for our gas dryer

Owners Suite Bathroom - We added the Shower with Garden Tub with no ceramic towel, and double bowl vanity.  We can always add Ceramic Towel later now that the structures are in place.  Although ceramic towel looks gorgeous!  After my last home, I'm personally not a fan of scrubbing grout for hours on end with a toothbrush and bleach! No thank you!

Interior Specifications:  Pine Stair w/Oak Handrail with White Balusters.  I would have loved the black iron rod balusters but they were WAY OVERPRICED!  We can add those ourselves later!

Electrical Specifications:  Dedicated Circuit in the Garage for our Freezer

Lighting Upgrades:

Kitchen - We added the 6 Package Recessed Lights in the Kitchen.

Standard Light Prewire - 4 Bedrooms, Morning Room, Family Room, Study and Loft. 

We just did standard light prewires as we learned no need to upgrade to Ceiling Fan Rough-in and pay the extra $125 because all that does is put a heavier bracket and adds extra wires and a switch to the wall to turn the fan off and on.  First, we checked with Lowes and you can buy those heavier brackets for like $13.  Second, who wants to get up to flick a fan off and on - that's what the remote is for LOL!

Note:  Every model is different. Some models due to roof and attic position may not make it so accessible to get to your bracket so check on your model before deciding.

Exterior Package - Standard Landscaping Package included.


  1. I don't mind a sliding glass door, I actually wanted one because only one side of the fancy upgraded door opens anyway. Looking forward to following your progress!

  2. Hi Angela: Thanks for following me. It feels good to have support and feedback from others. :)

    My thinking with the sliding glass door is it can always be upgraded later without paying for it for 30 years +Interest in our mortgage. And your right, only one side opens with their upgrade. I would love one where both open, kind of like french doors. But were fine with the slider probably for a long time to come :)

  3. Thanks for posting. I am in the same build stage as you. Very exciting!

  4. Yes it is! Waiting to see your framing pics! Let me know when they're up :)

  5. Based on this post, I asked my SR about the lighting pre-wires as an option instead of the ceiling fan rough-ins, and apparently those are no longer offered, or at least, not offered in my development. Disappointing! We only did the ceiling fan rough-in in the morning room, since it will be really hard to get to without a floor above. We'll have to do the other rooms ourselves later.