Let's Talk Appliances

So what does Ryan Homes provide?  Stove, Dishwasher, & Microwave.  You're on your own when it comes to the fridge.  As a buyer you will be presented with a few options. What is included and then the ability to upgrade at a higher cost.

RH also appears to be going exclusively with GE Appliances right now, at least in our area.

Since we chose the gourmet kitchen option with the double oven we had several options.  What's included with the gourmet kitchen or upgraded options.  For us, what was included was an upgrade so we chose to go with the default, included appliance.

I thought I would show you what is included when we signed with the gourmet kitchen if you choose to go this route.  The electric cook-top and the dishwasher are both discontinued now.  I am now curious what model dishwasher we received.  I will have to check next time I am at the house.

Start with the cook-top.  You have two choices, gas or electric.  We chose gas.


This is model number JP356SMSS.  This model has been discontinued.  I would assume then that RH has replaced this model with another option.


Gas Cook Top

Model # JGP329SETSS


Model # JVM7195SFSS  

Actual picture of our microwave.


Model # GDF510PSDSS -  This one is also discontinued now.

Double Wall Oven

Model JT3500SFSS

Carpet Installed and Granite Started!

Carpet was installed on time.  The Granite was a few days late, no biggie.  Were still on time and on schedule.

Quick reminder on carpet.  We chose a level 2 carpet and level 2, 8#, padding for the first floor.  The steps and the second floor and the basement are a level 1 carpet on a level 1 pad.  Let's just say that flooring is EXPENSIVE.  Please keep that in mind when you think about budget.

This is why we have two different styles of carpet.  What is disappointing is that the carpet that is laid on the first floor will not be the carpet that goes up the stairs, WHY?  We don't know.  But that is how it is.  The only thing I can think of is an attempt for you to settle on the same carpet upstairs as well.  But we chose carpet that matches the colors and tones of what is downstairs.

The upgraded carpet in the first floor is stain treated and also a higher wear rating than the rest of the house.

Here is the first floor.  As you will see it has light and dark tones.  It is a slightly longer shag than what is on the stairs and on the second floor and basement.  It works well with the color of the walls and blends real nice with the kitchen and morning room flooring.

Here is the carpet in the rest of the house.  It's not light, it's not dark.  We chose this so that it would blend better with the first floor carpet.  It actually feels pretty good under the feet.  We keeping in mind however that it does not have the wear rating that the first floor has.  I do remember seeing in a 4 year old Venice that we toured how the carpet in the house was a level 1 and you could really tell where the high traffic was in the house.

Let's take a look at the Granite!

We are very happy in how the granite turned out. This is the base granite.  The combo of the dark cabinets with the light and dark tones of the granite are splendid.  As you can see it's still not completely finished yet as they are leveling and making sure everything is square.  What is weird, and you maybe thinking that wall color doesn't match to well.  It must be something in the way the camera is interpreting the color of the walls.  I think the color in the pictures has an almost peach/skin tone to it.  But in fact it's really a beige color and it does work well with granit.

A nice back splash under the cabinets will be a great touch.  That will come after our first year is up.

I don't know if you can see it too well, but under the microwave they have notched out where the cook top goes.  I thought that it would be great to keep that whole piece so it could be turned into an item that you could put hot skillets on, or other items that you wouldn't necessarily want to come in direct contact with the counter-top.  I think what you would do is trim the granite to size then glue a nice soft velvet or something on the bottom so it would not scratch the counter-top.

These pictures represent what I am thinking of.

Fixtures! A pleasant surprise.

One of the things that has really impressed me is the quality of of the fixtures going into the house.  I wish I had more pictures, and I think I will go back today and grab a few more.  When my family and I first moved to NC we rented a house that was just over a year old.  It was almost 3000 ft².  One gripe I had was how cheap all the fixtures were.  I'm talking about faucets, light fixtures, ceiling fans, shower doors, etc.,  Nothing felt solid.  For example, we were there a month and had a handle on a faucet in the mast bath that could spin 360 degrees, which was it was not supposed to do.  It didn't leak, but something internal went bad.

Most of the lighting fixtures and some of the faucets have been installed in the house.  I will say that the faucets feel substantially better than some of the other "builder grade" components.  In fact, the faucets are all Delta.  Granted, I don't think they are Delta's top tier, but they really do feel solid and that the quality is much better than I had anticipated.  

Here is a picture of the faucets used in the bathrooms.

I was curious where this product sits in Delta's line up.  I found it.  

Delta is asking for $148.00 for the faucet.  Seems kind of high and who would buy directly from the manufacturer as they are almost always higher.

Here it is on Homedepot.com

They are asking $86.00.  What I appreciate is that RH didn't go for the bottom of the barrel, builder grade, no name garbage.  Instead are installing a brand name product that comes right off the shelf at one of your major retailer and if you had to replace yourself because it is out of warranty, you could find the piece and replace it yourself.

Here is the kitchen faucet.  Again, Delta Linden collection.  I don't have an actual picture of the faucet, but I did look at it while in the box.

As for the light fixtures, they are very nice and well appointed.  Again, probably not top of the line, they don't appear to be cheap builder grade appointments either.  What is very impressive is what we think is the pendulum chandelier that hangs down in the stairway.  My picture isn't the greatest, but it is very nice and is actually a rather large piece.

Here are the remaining fixtures.

I think it's great that RH chooses to use decent options when they build.  This means less for the home owner to have to worry about when it comes to selections and options.  I do wish that they would use brushed nickel on all the fixtures, but still we are very happy with the selections.