Our lot

Our lot

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Choosing a Model

Our Must Haves:
At least 4 bedrooms on the same floor (since have the 3 kids and possibly more to come depending on
God's plans for us)
Morning Room (this is an option with Ryan Homes, basically an extra dining area off the kitchen with a wall of windows that makes everything feel a lot bigger)
At least 2 1/2 bathrooms
2 story
Open floor plan
Kitchen Island

The Models we considered....
The Venice-2224 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms. 

The Ravenna-2560 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms (with option to add a "bonus room")

The Naples-2760 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms (with loft that has option to be 5th bdrm)

The Venice we initially thought would be our choice.  2224 square feet seemed like a ton compared to what we have now and it had all the "must haves".  Adding the morning room adds about 150square feet.  But when we saw the model it didn't seem as big as we expected.  The family room wasn't much bigger than what we have now and there was only one extra room downstairs (living/dining).

The Ravenna is the model our friends have that seemed huge when we first saw it.  But, they have the "bonus room" which we wouldn't be able to afford to add in.  It still was a good size though and had a bigger family room that the Venice and three extra rooms downstairs (living, dining, office).

The Naples had a little more square feet than the Ravenna and the morning room would make it almost 3,000 square feet so almost double the space we have now (and even 1,000 more if we finish the basement).  When we visited it, it seemed like a better layout for us than the Ravenna.  Instead of having three extra rooms downstairs it had two (living, dining but no office) and that extra space made some of the other areas feel larger (mudroom, laundry room, master bedroom/bath).  It also had the option of a 5th bedroom which we really liked since it could be used as a playroom for now and then if we ever need a 5th bedroom we will have it.  The master was a lot more spacious with 2 walk-in closets (which Dan really liked!).  And even though the base price is slightly higher on the Naples than the Ravennna, the price per square foot is actually cheaper.

Sooooo...if you couldn't tell already...we chose THE NAPLES!!!

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