I'm happy to report that our pre-construction meeting has been scheduled for Friday morning! They haven't yet given us a date for ground-breaking, but I'm hopeful that we'll be able to start next week.
Right now I'm a little unhappy with Ryan Homes...when we walked the lot with our SR, I was given to understand that we would have a good-sized back yard. Stupid me, I didn't think to ask for a plat to see how our house is situated. Well, due to the width of the lot and the width of the Rome, they had to make our side-entry driveway more narrow than usual, so they sent us a copy of the plat to sign off on the driveway change...and I was dismayed to see that there is only 17 feet from the back of our morning room to the property line! The back yard is kind of a big deal to me, so I immediately called the SR to discuss. Unfortunately there's not much that can be done due to minimum setbacks and a 20 foot power easement along the road. To their credit we were offered the chance to switch to a different lot, but my husband talked me out of it.
On the plus side, now I have a one time use, "I gave up a big backyard for you!" card in my deck, to use the next time a big decision comes along and I want to win the discussion... :)