6 Tips When Building A New Construction Home-Ryan Homes Review (2022)

Our 1 year home anniversary has come and gone and I thought it would be smart to share a series of post all about our experiences building a new home with Ryan Homes. This is actually our second new home build we have done with Ryan Homes.

Ryan Homes has a lot of backlash about the quality of their homes and more importantly the workmanship. I don’t know if you call it luck or what but obviously as this is our second new build with them their workmanship hasn’t deterred us yet. Building with Ryan Homes is a fun but stressful process. I’m sure building any new construction home is that way but I can only speak for myself and our Ryan Homes experience.

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If you aren’t familiar with Ryan Homes they are a builder grade home that is typically built in a 3 month timeline. You have layouts you can choose but depending on your neighborhood you sometimes have very few upgrades you can pick. They are considered a custom home but I would say it’s more of a semi-custom new build. I will touch more on that in my next post.

I wanted to share 6 tips that we did when going through the new home building process. Some things that saved us money and made life easier down the road.

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Do Not Upgrade Flooring-Do This Instead

Instead of upgrading your flooring with Ryan Homes I highly recommend you hire someone. Home Depot, Lowes or any local flooring company is better than any flooring you will EVER get from Ryan Homes. Trust me once you have owned nicer flooring at a fraction of the cost you will understand.

Our first Ryan Home we had their LVP on our main floor for 4 years before upgrading to Pergo Outlast from Home Depot. As the previous flooring from Ryan Homes served us well it was completely night and day once we saw what we could afford. The second Ryan Home was the same and more of an eye opener to how overpriced their flooring was.

Our current house came with LVP on the main floor (minus the living room), laundry room and all bathrooms. To upgrade the carpet in the living room to the LVP they wanted to charge us $1500 for a tiny space (I’m pretty sure we have one of the smallest living rooms out of all the models). Instead of paying $1500 extra we went to Lowes and purchased Pergo Timbercraft Wheaton Oak for $1300 and replaced the WHOLE main floor including the living room.

We chose to install everything ourselves as we have done this in previous houses and it wasn’t something new to us. If you aren’t the DIY type or just don’t want to deal with the hassle of removing and replacing your floors most places do have a service you can pay extra for to install. When choosing new flooring look at the thickness of the floor, the thicker the better. Ryan Homes LVP is extremely thin and would hurt my feet when barefoot. Our new floors are 12mm thick and have a nice underlayment to protect from water, sound proof and add extra cushion.

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Shop Around-Do Not Upgrade Everything

Choosing your selections can be fun and get out of hand real fast! It’s easy to get carried away when your excited about your new build and you’re picking out extras and finishes. Make sure before you sign you are going through that itemized selections list real careful, some sales managers will add extras on that you don’t realize cost you extra.

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For example things I chose to take off our finally list was hardware. They wanted to charge us $500 for silver bathroom and kitchen handles. That is outrageous, you can head to Lowes, Home Depot or even Amazon (my personal favorite) and buy cabinet pulls and knobs for a 1/3 of that price. Use this tool if you add your own pulls & knobs, it makes the job a breeze!

Another one we chose not to upgrade was countertops. As much as I miss my lighter countertop I was not paying a extra $3000 for them. You can get a better deal somewhere else for better quality product and workmanship. My plan for the future is to one day switch out our counters but for now I’m in no hurry. Black counters aren’t my favorite but they aren’t horrible.

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Upgrades that are worth the money

This is all preference and what we see to be worth the money or not worth the money might not work for you. To us we only upgraded structural items that we didn’t want to deal with down the road. Some upgrades that were worth the money to us were extra windows, gas stove and our covered porch. I am a natural light kind of gal and we had the option to add two extra windows to our living area. That was a no brainer for us!

The gas stove was something my husband had wanted for years. Adding the gas line in our community was only $500. The back porch was probably our biggest addon but so worth it in our opinion. We ended up getting a military discount on our porch which took the cost down to $13,000. I find that very reasonable for a covered structure that is connected to our house with electricity running to it. With inflation and lumber cost I can’t imagine getting a better price.

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Other addons I would suggest going for would be a premium lot, finished basement or if your model allows it a 3rd car garage. When we signed, our bonus was a free premium lot and finished basement. If those weren’t already free we would have thought about adding them on.

Add Rough-Ins For Fans & Additional Lighting

When building with Ryan Homes keep in mind that all bedrooms don’t come with lighting in the ceiling. We learned the hard way the first time we built and didn’t include rough-ins in the bedrooms. This time around we paid extra for 4 rough-ins. All bedrooms and our living room we bought fans and installed them ourselves after closing.

Some places I wish we would have added rough-ins were our loft, kitchen island and I wish we would have paid for extra lighting in our living room. I was unaware that they didn’t add lights above the island or in the living room!

Monitor The Building Process

One of the smartest things we did was monitor the building process. I know not everyone can do this if you’re building out of state or if you live far from the building site. Luckly, we were staying 15 minutes from our new construction home that visiting the site every day was super easy.

Every night around 7-8pm we would drive up to our lot and walk thru the house. Visually taking note of what they did and how they did it. I would take pictures if I felt I needed to document it for the future. It did put us at a good advantage when it came to our pre-drywall meeting with our project manager. We already had a list of things we wanted to discuss and make sure they were going to take care of.

Technically they will tell you you’re not aloud on site without your project manager. For most people I think it’s pretty easy to walk your site without them knowing. If you’re going to visit everyday some things to keep in mind are to only visit at night when all workers have went home. Also don’t flip out when you see your site is a hot mess! Most of the time all the things you see that bother you will be taken care of before you have the chance to say anything.

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Our project manager knew we were visiting and didn’t seem to mind as long as we were mindful of the workers and didn’t poke around to much.

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Take Tons Of Pictures Pre-Drywall

I can’t stress this tip enough! When walking thru your new construction home make sure you are taking tons of pictures before they install the drywall. I would like to think I took a lot of pictures but to be honest I wish I had taken more.

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The importance of taking pictures of the insides of your walls is to see where all your electrical and plumping are. For me this was awesome because I am always installing accent walls or hanging shelves in our home. Knowing where your water pipes are can be very important and I have heard of tons of people hitting one due to their stud finder misreading it for a stud.

This was one of those tips that was shared with us on a facebook group and I almost didn’t take any pictures pre-drywall. Take this as you will but I highly suggest you do even if you don’t think it will benefit you. We actually had a time during the winter were our half bathroom pipes froze overnight. I had pictures of the pipes before drywall I was able to show them exactly where they were. In the end we only had to cut a tiny hole in the drywall verse taking down a big section of it.

Join Ryan Homes Facebook Groups

If you’re on Facebook join the Ryan Homes Facebook groups that are out there. They aren’t affiliated with Ryan Homes but it’s nothing but people who are building or have built with them. Joining the Facebook groups was very informative and helped to see other peoples questions that you would have never thought of. They would help one another out to make sure everyone was looking out for certain things during the building process. Also sharing their experiences during and after closing!

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I hope this helped with possibly making your building process easier. I love hearing from real people with real reviews when shopping around and jumping into something new! If you are building a Ryan Homes or have built one let me know your thoughts and experiences down below.


Is Dan Ryan a good builder? ›

Dan Ryan Builders - DRB are very professional and thorough.

DRB are very professional and thorough. The process from start to finish was awesome . Beautiful home and great neighborhood.

Who is the best home builder? ›

The Top 100
2021 RankCompany2020 Total Closings
1D.R. Horton (p)71,292
2Lennar Corp. (p)53,376
3PulteGroup (p)24,624
4NVR (p)19,766
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Is NV Homes a good builder? ›

Since 1980, NVHomes has been one of the nation's premier luxury home builders. With communities throughout the country, NVHomes continues to rank high in customer service of home builders in the DC Metro area.

Who is best quality new home builders? ›

Top 20 Home Builders Ranked – 2022 America's Most Trusted Study
  • Taylor Morrison.
  • Ashton Woods.
  • Stanley Martin.
  • TriPointe Homes.
  • LGI Homes.
  • K. Hovnanian.
  • Mattamy Homes.
  • Century Communities.

Who is Australia's number one builder? ›

LARGEST 20 Home Builders
11Metricon Homes
24ABN Group
35MJH Group
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23 Sept 2021

When building a house what costs the most? ›

Framing is the highest material cost for most new home builds. High-quantity lumber framing averages $33,000 for a home in the U.S. This includes floors, walls and roof trusses. Metal stud framing systems start at about $20,000.

Who is the best quality home builder in 2022? ›

The top 10 residential builders of 2022
  • PulteGroup. ...
  • NVR. ...
  • Taylor Morrison. 2021 revenue: $7.2 billion. ...
  • KB Home. 2021 revenue: $5.7 billion. ...
  • Meritage Homes Corp. 2021 revenue: $5.0 billion. ...
  • Clayton Properties Group. 2021 revenue: $3.7 billion. ...
  • Century Communities. 2021 revenue: $4.2 billion. ...
  • LGI Homes. 2021 revenue: $3.0 billion.
16 May 2022

What is the most cost effective house to build? ›

1. Ranch Homes. Ranch homes are the most popular home style in the U.S. They're another rectangular-shaped house, though they come in “T” or “L” shapes, too. A home with a simple and concise layout is the cheapest type of house to build.

Who is the number 1 home builder in America? ›

D.R. Horton

How do you know if a home builder is good? ›

10 Things to Look for in a Good Contractor or Custom Builder
  1. Integrity and honesty.
  2. A solid contract upfront.
  3. Good communication.
  4. Solid references and quality work that you can see for yourself.
  5. Fair pricing.
  6. Quality craftsmanship and products that last for many years.
10 Mar 2021

Are new build houses worth the money? ›

Are new build homes worth it? New build homes may have a higher price tag than older houses, but with cheaper energy bills and lower maintenance, they may be cheaper in the long run. If you want the ease of purchase and freedom to personalise your home as you please, new build homes are more than worthwhile.

What is the most common source of major problems in new home construction? ›

One of the most common new construction Home defects is overlooked paint. You may find that some areas of a newly-built home have not been properly painted, such as basement areas, utility closets, and other out-of-the-way areas. Touch up paint is also done at the very end of construction.

Which month best build the home? ›

While spring is an ideal time to start building a home, the fall and winter months are usually when building materials and construction costs are lowest because there is less demand.

What style are most new construction homes? ›

What kind of homes are most popular for owners pursuing new construction? These architectural styles are gaining popularity for their aesthetics, features and practicality.
Popular Architectural Styles for New Home Construction
  1. Georgian. ...
  2. Mid Century Modern. ...
  3. Scandinavian. ...
  4. Tudor. ...
  5. Cape Cod. ...
  6. Modern Rustic. ...
  7. Contemporary.
23 Feb 2022

Which country has the best builder? ›

Construction Employment
#39 CountriesThousand Units (Persons)
1#1 United States10,786.42
2#2 Japan4,986.67
3#3 Russia4,961.21
4#4 Mexico4,294.93
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Which is the No 1 construction company in world? ›

China-based China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd is the major construction company in the world (by revenue).

Who is the biggest construction company in Australia? ›

The Top 100 Largest Construction Companies Australia
RankCompanyLocal Revenue in $M
3Cimic Group Ltd$10,900
4Laing O'Rourke$4,300
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17 Oct 2022

How can I reduce the cost of building a house? ›

Six Ways to Reduce Construction Costs in India
  1. Choose the Right Plot. First things first, when it comes to building a house, the plot level plays a vital role. ...
  2. Hire a Good Architect and Contractor. ...
  3. Consider Using the Latest Technology. ...
  4. Avoid Last Minute Changes. ...
  5. Take Life Cycle Costs In to Account. ...
  6. Buy Smart.

Will construction costs go down in 2023? ›

The silver lining to the Fed interest rate increases is that they have dramatically slowed the pace of cost increases we were experiencing that at one point were increasing at close to a 20% increase year over year. We anticipate overall construction costs to increase at a normal pace between 2% – 4% in 2023.

Is 2022 good year to build a house? ›

Barring any unforeseen calamities, 2022 could be a good year for homebuilders and buyers. However, the effects of inflation, new COVID variants, or other market disruptions could change everything.

Is it worth building a house in 2022? ›

Yes 2022 can still be a good time to build your custom forever home, despite rising costs and interest rates. Building your custom home is an investment in your family's lifestyle and should be looked at as a long term financial & lifestyle decision of living in your forever home for 5 or more years.

What adds the most value to a home 2022? ›

Below are ten home improvement projects with the highest return on investment in 2022.
  • Landscaping. Curb appeal says a lot about your home. ...
  • Updated Kitchen Appliances. ...
  • New Front Door. ...
  • Windows. ...
  • Flooring. ...
  • Bathroom Remodel. ...
  • A Fresh Coat of Paint. ...
  • Garage Door Replacements.
10 Feb 2022

What should you not skimp on when building a house? ›

From your HVAC system to your insulation, let's take a deep dive into splurging on these features to consider when building a new home.
  • Windows. You don't have to break the bank on the windows for your home, but you definitely don't want to cheap out on them either. ...
  • HVAC System. ...
  • Appliances. ...
  • Roof. ...
  • Insulation.
21 Aug 2019

What is the most durable material to build a house out of? ›

Brick is one of the most durable construction materials available. They're a low-maintenance option for most types of buildings but they are susceptible to extreme weather conditions.

How can I save money to build a house in 2022? ›

We've put together our top six ways to build your house, keep the costs low and save a ton of money in the process.
  1. Don't Use a Contractor. Don't get us wrong. ...
  2. Go Tiny. ...
  3. Use Reclaimed Building Material. ...
  4. Get as Much Done Cheaply or for Free. ...
  5. Keep the Design Simple. ...
  6. Skip the Fancy Finishes – For Now.
3 Sept 2022

What are the top 5 construction companies? ›

A Quick Look at the Top 10 Construction Companies
  1. Bechtel Corporation. Bechtel Corporation is a trusted engineering, construction, and project management partner to industry and government. ...
  2. Fluor Corporation. ...
  3. Whiting-Turner. ...
  4. EMCOR. ...
  5. Turner Construction. ...
  6. DPR Construction. ...
  7. Gilbane. ...
  8. Hensel Phelps.
8 Apr 2022

Who is the richest home builder? ›

5 Richest Builders of All Time
  • The Manson Clan.
  • Robin Ellis.
  • Josh Downing.
  • Greg Gardner.
  • Bob Vila.
  • Get rich as a builder.
  • Level up your construction business.
6 May 2022

Who is the most popular builder? ›

  • Brigade Group.
  • Embassy Group.
  • Godrej Properties.
  • Hiranandani Group.
  • Mahindra Lifespace Developers.
  • Prestige Estates Projects.
  • Salarpuria Sattva.
  • Sobha.
5 Mar 2021

How do you spot if your builder is struggling? ›

IT'S YOUR CALL. alwayscheckyourbuilder.com.au

Our searches identify Australian builders with a pattern of unhappy customers or business failures or who are in, or are associated with someone in, a dangerous financial state.

What should I know before talking to a home builder? ›

Find out if the builder allows customization. Know where you want to build and make sure the builder works in that area. If you are custom building, make sure the builder provides that service before sitting down. Check to make sure your builder is an MBA Member.

What to Know Before working with a builder? ›

10 Tips to Working with a New Home Builder
  • Start by Considering the Cost and Your Available Budget. ...
  • Be Clear About the Fine Print Before Signing Anything. ...
  • Have a Floor Plan in Mind that Best Suits Your Family. ...
  • Trust the Advice and Guidance of Your Home Builder. ...
  • Create a List of Your Prioritized Home Characteristics.
8 Feb 2020

How long is a new build house expected to last? ›

This is largely debated within the construction industry as it is really dependant on the materials that are used, the quality of the workmanship and the maintenance that is required and followed through on. On average, the generally expected and acceptable lifespan of a home should last at least 60 years.

How can I save money on a new build? ›

Value Engineering
  1. Reducing Square Footage. One way to dramatically reduce costs is to just reduce the square footage of the entire home. ...
  2. Choosing a Stock Design. ...
  3. Reducing Lineal Feet of Logs. ...
  4. Opt for a Simple Roof System. ...
  5. Use Drywall on Interior. ...
  6. More Modest Kitchen. ...
  7. Don't Take a Bath on Your Bath. ...
  8. Avoid Change Orders.

Who is the best builder in Austin Texas? ›

Austin's Best Builders 2021
  • David Weekley Homes. ...
  • David Wilkes Builders. ...
  • Deville Custom Homes, LLC. ...
  • Empire Communities. 3520 Executive Center Drive, Ste. ...
  • Eppright Homes LLC. 13301 Galleria Circle, Ste. ...
  • Ford Strei Builders. 8810 Business Park Drive, Ste. ...
  • Foursquare Builders. 507 Walsh St. ...
  • Giddens Homes. 14000 Hero Way West, Bldg.

Who is best builder in Florida? ›

Florida Top Home Builders – January 2021
BuilderTotal PermitsAverage Value
1-Lennar Homes243$ 170,445.00
2-D.R. Horton229$ 206,030.00
3-Pulte Homes180$ 233,676.00
4-Taylor Morrison112$ 225,886.00
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3 Mar 2021

Who is the best builder in South Australia? ›

Home Builders in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Sponsored. LA Homes. ...
  • Graff Design & Construction. Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars5.017 Reviews. ...
  • Sponsored. NAGEL building & carpentry. ...
  • Claridge Construction. ...
  • Sponsored. ...
  • NAGEL building & carpentry. ...
  • AURA Custom Projects. ...
  • EcoUrbane Building Group.

Who is the best builder in Victoria? ›

The 12 Best Custom Home Builders In Melbourne
  • Hotondo Homes. Having been in operation for forty years, this leading homebuilder has completed more than seventy new homes! ...
  • Burbank Australia Pty Ltd. ...
  • Silk Homes. ...
  • AVJennings. ...
  • First Avenue Homes. ...
  • Kube Constructions. ...
  • AGN Builders. ...
  • Hart Builders Pty Ltd.
14 Jan 2022

What are Tier 1 Builders? ›

Tier 1 builders are the industry leaders, usually with international presence and a turnover of over $500 million to the multi-billions. They work on the largest and most significant building and infrastructure projects, and even fund some of their projects as the developer.

Who is the biggest construction company in Texas? ›

ENR Texas & Louisiana 2019 Top Contractors
Rank 2019/2018Company Location / Website Top Officer
1/2TURNER INDUSTRIES GROUP LLC Baton Rouge | turner-industries.com Thomas Turner, CEO
2/1ZACHRY GROUP San Antonio | zachrygroup.com John B. Zachry, CEO
3/5AUSTIN INDUSTRIES Dallas | austin-ind.com David B. Walls, President & CEO
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What is the most successful construction company? ›

Bechtel is the largest construction company in the US, with 55,000 employees and annual revenue of $17.6 billion.

Who is the biggest general contractor in Florida? ›

Biggest construction companies in Florida based on revenue 2021. Moss, a construction firm from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, had over 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2021.

How much do a builders earn in South Australia? ›

How much does a Builder make in Australia? The average builder salary in Australia is $90,000 per year or $46.15 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $71,663 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $151,250 per year.

How do I get the best deal on a builder? ›

How to Negotiate the Best Deal with a Builder
  1. Know the Builder's Incentives‍ ...
  2. Shop Around for Financing. ...
  3. Ask About Upgrades‍ ...
  4. Request Your HOA Dues to be Paid ‍ ...
  5. Select a Premium Lot‍ ...
  6. See if They'll Offer a Discount. ...
  7. Request Help with Your Closing Costs.
5 Apr 2019

Which builders went broke in Melbourne? ›

Melbourne-based Blint Builders is the latest to collapse, with around $1 million in outstanding debt owed to 50 creditors, according to liquidators.

Who is the largest residential builder? ›

Who Are the Largest Homebuilders in the U.S.?
BuilderHome ClosingsRevenue
1. D.R. Horton71,292$21.5 Billion
2. Lennar53,376$20.8 Billion
3. Pulte Group (Pulte, Centex, Del Webb, John Wieland)24,624$9.9 Billion
4. NVR (Ryan Homes)19,766$7.3 Billion
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20 Jan 2022

What company builds the most houses? ›

D.R. Horton


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