The model that we've been going to for the Rome doesn't have a basement, and we've had a hard time figuring out a master plan for that space. Recently another Rome model opened with the walkout basement, so today when the toddler decided that napping in his crib wasn't happening we hopped in the car and trekked out to it. After his usual 41 minute car nap we stopped at the new model and went on in. The SR on duty welcomed me, and I told him right off the bat that we were there to scope out the basement. When I told him where we were building, he said he lived there! Howdy neighbor! I find this especially amusing because the PM we have for our build lives in the neighborhood of this model. I guess they all choose to work far away from where they live!
So we went on down to the basement and I took a bazillion pictures so we could reference them later. I was especially interested in how the under-deck area would look, since we'll have a deck as well. When I'd taken all the pictures I could think of, we went back upstairs where a couple people were talking, and I caught the tail-end of a "wall ovens in a Rome" conversation. Being the nosy intrusive helpful person that I am, I mentioned that he could do what we're doing and put an oven in the island. He just looked at me and said, "Are you Rome-ing in Richmond?" Talk about shock!! First time I've come across a reader face-to-face. He called his wife in with their two boys and we laughed about it all. I think their SR (I guess they were coming from a different neighborhood?) was a little weirded out by the blog talk, but it was actually pretty cool talking about the stuff we'd seen online. So since I'm sure you're reading this, fellow Richmonders, it was nice to meet you and if you start a blog let me know! :)
**edited to add: they started a blog! http://ourromesweethome.blogspot.com