We just signed a contract to build a Rome with Ryan Homes. I've learned a lot from reading other people's blogs on their experiences, so here you'll find my humble efforts.
I feel a little rushed here at the beginning, because we had the "pricing" meeting to see if this was even a viable option the day before I left town...my husband ended up doing the initial contract over the phone with the Sales Rep. We haven't even had the basic siding/shutters/paint discussions yet, much less the flooring or other options, and I'm concerned that so much of our 14 day window for changes will elapse before we even see the options. The SR definitely put the pressure on us by offering additional incentives then telling us that other people were looking at our lot of choice, and there were no other lots that were acceptable to me. Rather annoying and not a good start to this relationship!
Here's what we've got so far:
Rome Elevation C, with side entry garage
Finished Basement with finished half bath, walkout
Gourmet kitchen island
Ceiling fan rough-ins for pretty much every room
Brushed Nickel fixtures
Deck (whatever the smallest size was) in composite material
Recessed lighting in basement and kitchen
Laundry tub (going to try and get it put in the garage, though)
Standard kitchen cabinets (maple something or other)
Granite-look formica countertops
Upgraded master bath to shower with seat
Our next appointment is with NVR Mortgage on Wednesday, then next Saturday we go over the siding/shutters/paint/whatever else. Can anyone give me any pointers on those two appointments?