Some big developments occurred today!! Yesterday we had a meeting with our sales rep. Our sales rep who has been wonderful through all of this has come through big again. Our appointment yesterday lasted several hours and we explored several options some good some bad. I guess I will start with the not so good choices. We looked into the two corner lots from the previous phase that could of accommodate our walkout Ravenna or a walkout Jefferson. Besides the crazy lot premium the lots were not very attractive because of the nearly same depth of both houses (Jefferson is only 4 ft deeper at the morning room ) no matter which house we would have built there we would have no back yard to speak off. From the back of the morning room there would be a steep drop into wetland. The hillside would be rocky and unusable. Not very attractive at all besides no privacy to speak of.
Of course we could always decide roll the dice and gamble by waiting for our current cul de sac lot that my wife Lisa truly loves the most of all the lots in the development.
However has I stated earlier our sales rep who is wonderful came up with a compromise solution. She showed us a lot that was slightly bigger than our current lot however its not on the cul de sac but it would have a level back yard that goes right into the woods. Its a very nice lot but on paper it says that this lot can't accommodate a walkout basement which of course is a line in the sand for me. This lot could accommodate either a Ravenna or a Jefferson.
Our sales rep who has been speaking with the Project Manager about our situation on a regular basis inquired if it would be possible to find a way to build a home with a walk out on this lot. The project manager to a good look at the lot and the current grading and said that a walkout would be possible but would have to be placed on the left side of the house which is the lower side of the lot. There is a home in the development where the same thing was done. I drove by and checked it out and to be honest I like it. Have the luxury of the walkout door and yet your morning room in the back would be low enough for a nice patio instead of a high deck!! I think its pretty cool!
Now comes the choices....what to build?? As I said we started this with the mindset that the Ravenna was truly our favorite but because of the delays we had the opportunity to explore the Jefferson which is also fantastic. We have another apt. tomorrow to sign paper work to switch lots and begin construction ASAP but we have to decide by tomorrow morning which house to build...decisions, decisions....makes me think that I'm at the casino playing black jack with 14 showing and wondering if I should take a hit or stay!!....LOL Both houses have strong and weak points. I think the Ravenna's biggest strong points are the bonus room, and rear staircase, and I think the biggest strong points in the Jefferson are the owner bath, the kitchen and the 2 story foyer.
Either way we have a house before the baby arrives which is most important to Lisa and I. So what do you all think??