Preparing the Site and Making Selections: August/Early September 2015

jo and richard smith foundation 2

I had no first-hand experience with building from the ground up. Of course, we had heard nightmare stories from people who had built.

But they didn’t have Ryan Perry with ICG Homes as their builder. From seeing his finished homes, we had no reservations about the quality or attention to detail he would provide. Prior to signing a contract, he was very responsive and patient in providing quick answers by email or text. Sometimes that changes after the sale. It has not. He and his team get an A+ for communication!

Back to the screened porch that started this entire journey. 10×10 – no. Not even 12×12. Our new home will have a 12×32 screened porch across the back of the house and will include a fireplace. Ryan calls it my “other house”.

While ICG was preparing the site, pouring footers and doing the foundation, we were visiting Lowe’s and Home Depot, looking at appliances, creating boards on Pinterest and working ourselves into a frenzy over all of the decisions to be made. And then we met with Stacey Stone, Kevin Hayslett and Rebecca Cothran, our “selection team” and it all came together. Stacey guided us through the day as we picked cabinets, hardware, granite, flooring, plumbing, light fixtures, tile, and our exterior colors and materials. Just like that.