Now is a good time for some updated photos.
Our basement pub. The stone is the same as our exterior stone. The solid wood bar top was custom designed & finished. Bar stools complete the look, but were removed to showcase the stone work.
A personal blog depicting the construction of our new Romanelli & Hughes Building Company dream home.
Anyway, this afternoon, I looked at The Genoa's plan as-is and it appears as though we've altered it dramatically. Every nuance of change was welcomed by not only Linda, but the architects (and others behind the scenes that I'm unaware of, perhaps). Our changes/requests were never met with disappointment or negativity.
FROM THE WEBSITE:
"Not only do we use the highest quality products and construction techniques available, we only use the finest craftsmen and subcontractors who have proven themselves as true artisans and take a great deal of pride in helping create a beautiful home. "
We have been so impressed with the quality products and craftsmen/subcontractors who've worked on our home. The jobs they've all done have been simply amazing. You can see how impressed I've been just by reading this blog. Unfortunately, I've probably not mentioned all of them.
We were cheerfully greeted by "workers" (as our 7-year-old calls them) everytime we'd visit our house. Sometimes, work on certain areas would seem to drag. That's not a sign of incompetency or slow work. Rather, that's a sign of doing what it takes to get the job done right the first time. Strong, solid, detailed construction. Inside and out. That's what we're closing on on Friday.
FROM THE WEBSITE:
"We want the home we create for you to be even better than you imagined. We will meet with you frequently at your new home site to make sure that every detail is what you want and where you want it."
Honestly. They did meet with us frequently. Very frequently. And, when we couldn't physically meet, we talked to them via cell phone or email. When you consider the number of times we met/talked/emailed (with John, Linda, Kristen, Kevin), and it was many, we never felt like we were a burden. I'm certain it's very stressful for everyone on the R&H side, but we never felt their stress. Honestly.
FROM THE WEBSITE:
"We have built many "award winning" homes, but this is not our objective. Our objective is to build a home for each person and family that meets their needs and aesthetic preferences. "
Our new home is a direct reflection of our needs as a husband & wife and a family of five. Aesthetically, it's us. It's perfect.
FROM THE WEBSITE:
"Every builder claims to be different. At Romanelli & Hughes we substantiate our words with what we have built and are currently building. "
In the 20 years we've been married, we've owned three homes (well, technically two because the third closes on Friday). Our first home was built by M/I. Our second home was a Tradition home built by Dominion. These two aforementioned builders are reputable central Ohio builders. The experience was OK. The homes were fine.
What we've experienced with R&H has been different. Are all custom home builders like this? I don't know. This is our first experience with such an animal, so I cannot compare. Based on past experiences, this is by far superior. With R&H, we feel like we have the whole company by our side. I've not met Mr. Hughes, but I have met Vince & Tony Romanelli. We've had several conversations with Vince right in front of our new house. That continues to impress me.
FROM THE WEBSITE:
"Complete customer satisfaction is very important to everyone at Romanelli and Hughes Building Company. That is why we facilitate a mutually beneficial and productive association with our homeowners and achieve their optimal satisfaction."
Simply put: we've never heard the word, "no." Our entire experience was made great by the sum of everyone we worked directly with: Linda, Kristen, John, Kevin. I can't say enough about the four of them and can't imagine going through this entire process without them. Then there are the "workers," whom you can read about in earlier posts.
I am not a sappy person and do not recklessly compliment people/things when undeserving. I do not post when emotional. If we encountered a problem, I waited for its resolution before posting, then posted objectionably. I am an optimist.
Our entire family is excited about moving into our new, custom R&H home this weekend. Linda, John, Kristen & Kevin: we can't thank you enough for your professionalism, patience and friendship. You *MADE* this entire process!
Our adoptive community, R&Hs The Homestead at Highland Lakes, is PERFECT. We've been living temporarily in the former R&H model here (thank you, Linda, Joyce & Tony!). It's a two-story detached condominium, and it's mentioned in an earlier post. Yes, the neighborhood is beautiful and easy on the eyes, well kempt, & maintenance-free. Our favorite part, however, is not the beautiful homes or the clubhouse & pool. It's the WONDERFUL residents who make up the community. We spent our summer lounging by the pool getting to know everyone (I know -- rough life). Even though a majority of the residents are much older than we (we're in our early 40s), fast friendships were formed and we are truly going to miss everyone. :-(The highlight of the summer was the 2008 Annual Shrimp Bash on the evening of August 30, held in the clubhouse & poolside. Signifying the end of summer, the party has grown by leaps and bounds. It's a full-fledged southern-style shirmp boil with all the fixins. Tables were set both inside the clubhouse and surrounding the pool. The food was amazing -- everyone pitched in with a dish to share. Conversation was puncuated with laughter. We didn't want the evening to end.
Our trees & shrubs!
This is the back wall in our great room. See all those patches? Looks like it took a beating with all the trim that was stored in this room. I'm not showcasing the nicks in the wall. Rather, I'm highlighting the incredible job done by the painter & his team because they found nicks & scratches that we didn't even know existed. That's how good they are.
The application of stain in the house has really impressed me. Having refinished several pieces of furniture myself, I can appreciate the skill of the men doing the job. We visit the house daily and talk to Mike, the Stain Guy. Honestly, I'm surprised he's not grown a couple of arms as a result of being around all the fumes.
We have approximately six weeks left!
Detail trim inside the crosshatches in the great room ceiling has begun its journey around the large room. It will eventually be stained. The ceiling inside each panel will be painted the trim color: classic ivory. That way, if I ever repaint the great room (I love to paint!), I won' t have to worry about painting the ceiling.
The stained, built-in lockers in the mudroom will solve our kids' drop-it-anywhere habit. Each kid has a dedicated space of their own in which to kick-off shoes, hang coats, dump backpacks, & store instruments. Across from the lockers is a set of cabinets with plenty of electrical outlets for charging personal electronics. It's a mudroom full of solutions that we designed!
This is the main level bar, which is just off the great room. The empty spot on the right is for an ice maker. The glass-front cabinets in the center will house vintage monogrammed stemware I received from my Grandmother via my parents. The raised center cabinets were Linda's idea.
The drywall is complete and has been primed. R&H insists on using a special type of primer - one that contains drywall dust to help aid in the concealment of "raw" drywall (I think I have that correct). I have to admit to being a bit scared when I first saw the color on the walls. It was much more yellow than I remembered our paint selection being (think 1970s harvest gold...all we needed was an avocado-green sink & a disco ball). Came to find out it was just the primer. Whew!
My parents (& me), who fixed us a fabulous & well-needed meal on moving day. We were exhausted and really appreciated their thoughtfulness. The new kitchen has officially been broken-in.
Moving day arrived faster than we were ready for. We were prepared as far as packing was concerned. It was the emotional factor that caught us by surprise.