3 Winter Home Building Myths

As temperatures drop and snow fills our forecasts, Ryan Legacy Builders thought it would be a great time to discuss building a home during winter months. We wanted to break 3 popular myths about constructing a new home during the winter. With new technology and building methods, there are actually quite a few perks to building a new home at this time!

  • Myth #1: “Winter Projects Take Much Longer.”  A blizzard will certainly stop progress on home building, but outdoor crews often work through light snow flurries. No matter what time of year a construction project starts, there are always going to be weather-related obstacles. A construction worker’s productivity will not be hindered by cold weather any more than extreme heat and harsh conditions that come with summertime. Exterior work can be done on a new home when temperatures are in the 30’s and high 20’s as long as there is no ice. Interior work can be done as long as the house is sheeted with vapor barrier, and temporary heaters are kept running.
  • Myth #2: “Concrete Poured During Cold Weather Will Be Weaker.” In order to combat the slower curing times for concrete in the winter, additives such as calcium chloride are added to the concrete mix. Concrete with additives compared to concrete without additives shows no significant differences in strength when both are fully cured. Concrete walls with additives in the mixture must, and do, meet building code requirements.
  • Myth #3: “Framing Wood is Compromised By Snow.” It is true that, in a perfect world, every day in the framing stage would be 72 degrees and sunny with low humidity but we rarely are fortunate enough for that to be the case. Since inclement weather is more likely than not to occur, the lumber industry has and continues to develop procedures that are used in the milling process that inhibit the deleterious effects of poor weather. Framing lumber is kiln dried and delivered to the job site at 19 % moisture content. This is the case throughout the entire year and it is when ambient humidity becomes a factor. Snow has no adverse effects on lumber as long as it is removed before melting.

Although challenges may come up, a high-quality home will be constructed no matter what time of year. Building in the winter means your home will be ready in the spring. Relocating in the spring and early summer is much easier on a family especially when switching school systems. Children can have the entire summer to meet new friends in the area before starting in a new school in the fall.

 

 

 

10 Tips for a GREAT Lawn!

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Do you dream of a lush, green lawn? 

Do you want your home to have beautiful curb appeal, but don’t know how to get there?  It’s easier said than done- especially when starting from scratch as a new homeowner! We have put together a few key tips to help, but remember, it does take time!

  1. Water Deeply and Less Often. Watering your lawn frequently for short periods of time teaches your grass to have a shallow root system. This is NOT what you want. This makes it easier for weeds to emerge and also makes the grass more susceptible to disease. To prevent this, you should water less for longer periods of time.  This will help your lawn stay green 🙂
  2. Water in the Morning. The best time to water your lawn is the early morning because the sun will help dry the grass. Nighttime watering can result in prolonged moisture on the blades, which can cause some diseases.
  3. Aerate in the Spring & Fall. Aerating is extremely beneficial for your lawn. It gives your lawn’s roots room to grow, and allows water and nutrients to penetrate your soil.
  4. Feed Your Lawn. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for your lawn. Look for a mix of fast and slow release fertilizers that will green up your lawn quickly, and feed it over time. Feed in the Spring and Fall.
  5. Make Sure Mower Blades are Sharp. A dull blade tears the grass, resulting in a ragged edge that makes the lawn look grayish brown. Sharpen or replace the mower blade when it shows signs of wear – or at least once a mowing season.
  6. Mow when Grass is Dry. When grass is wet it is difficult to cut and can easily clog the deck of your mower. Wet clumps can be compacted on the surface of the lawn, causing water and oxygen to be cut off to these areas.
  7. Mow at a High Height. Mowing your lawn too short may seem like a time saver, but this can damage your grass as well as allow weeds to set root. A healthy height is around 3″. Keeping your lawn a bit taller results in healthier grass. Never cut off more than a third of the grass blade.
  8. Prevent Weeds before they come up. Stop weeds from gaining a roothold in your lawn before they even germinate by using a pre-emergent herbicide. Use a pre-emergent early in the Spring.
  9. Reseed Sparse Areas. If your lawn is a little thin in some areas, you can seed over the area to help grass growth. Fall is the ideal time to reseed.
  10. Alternate Mowing Patterns. Mowing your grass in the same pattern all of the time will cause the grass to only lay in one direction caused by compacted ruts from your mower. To prevent this, mow in different directions and change your pattern. This will lead to a better looking, more even lawn.

RWC New Home Warranty

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What does Ryan Legacy Builders Membership with RWC mean to you?

RWC does NOT have an open door policy when it comes to Membership. Not every Builder is able to attain Membership with them the way Ryan Legacy Builders has done. 

  • Potential Members are examined for financial stability, customer satisfaction and technical competence.
  • As an RWC Member, we agree to comply with specific construction standards in order to have our homes warranted by them.
  • This is our assurance to you that Ryan Legacy Builders is committed to standing behind our homes and providing you with peace of mind long after the sale.

What’s Covered?

The RWC 10 Year Limited Warranty on your home identifies what is warranted, what is excluded and the duration of the Warranty.

  • In the first year, the Warranty applies generally to workmanship and materials.
  • In the first two years, portions of the major systems in your home are warranted. These systems include wiring, ductwork, and pipes.
  • For all 10 years, the Warranty includes protection on warranted structural elements in your home, as defined in your Warranty book. The Warranty identifies which parts of a home are warranted, and the criteria for establishing a structural defect.
  • Your Warranty book spells out who is responsible for warranted repairs, defines basic terms that are important for you to know, and describes the process you will use if you think you have a warranted problem in your home.
  • Note that the Warranty is “limited” which means you are responsible for maintaining your home, from changing light bulbs to maintaining proper drainage patterns. Areas which are not part of the primary residence, such as driveways, are excluded from your Warranty and some products come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Value to You, the Homeowner.

Resale Value- Your home is warranted for 10 years as shown on the front cover of your Warranty book. If you sell your home during that term, the balance of the warranty transfers automatically to the next buyer. That transferable home warranty is an excellent marketing tool when you offer your home for sale to prospective buyers.

Protection- When Ryan Legacy Builders chose RWC as our warranty provider, we made the decision to provide you with a written and insured commitment that your home will be free from specified defects. Your RWC warranty is independently written and administered and remains in place for 10 years, regardless of what the future holds. 

Expert Second Opinion- Even with a written warranty, misunderstandings may arise. If you disagree with us on whether or not something should be considered a defect, the limited warranty can be a valuable “measuring stick” for evaluating the issues. You benefit from third-party assistance with home warranty issues. The warranty standards included are based on accepted industry practices. 

2016 MSP Polar Bear Plunge

Ryan Legacy Builders chose to “Take To The Waters” of the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, January 30th in support of the Maryland Special Olympics. This fundraising event hosted by the Maryland State Police supported 7,169 athletes around Maryland. Ryan Legacy Builders is proud that we are able to give back to such a great cause.

For more information, visit www.plungemd.com

New Year, New Home!

6 Tips for Your 2016 New Home Search

Every New Year we set resolutions to save money, eat healthier or to lose those extra few pounds that have crept up over the holidays. While these resolutions are all great, 2016 is the time to do something that will really improve your lifestyle: Purchase a New Home!

Just think-  A new home far exceeds those resolutions. Plus- Your new energy efficient home will help you save money, a new gourmet kitchen will motivate you to cook healthier, and a new neighborhood will have tons of places to explore and new people to meet that will cause you to want to be more active!

This all can be so fun and exciting, but be sure to spend some time preparing so that you choose the perfect home for you. Follow these short tips to ensure your home will be a perfect fit:

1. Location, Location, Location: One of the first things to address when house hunting is location. Where would you like to call home? Do you want to be close to where you work? Is being within a certain school district important to you? Or, maybe a great location to you is one that is close to your family and friends. And don’t forget about the shopping!

2. Be in it for the long haul: When searching for your ideal home, you need to look for one that you could see yourself living in for years to come. Buying and moving into a new home takes a lot of time, effort and of course money.

3. Find a Home You Can Grow In: Your home should be able to adapt to your life changes, such as, a new baby, a child moving back in after college, or taking in your in-laws. Many new home floor plans today include rooms that are multi-functional.

4. Determine your style: One of the most important decisions in deciding on the type of home you want is to find a style that fits your lifestyle the best. All homes are not one size fits all.  Whether it be a single-family home with a yard, or a townhome with low maintenance. You’ll need to consider how many bedrooms it would take for every family member to be comfortable. Would you need a guest room or a home office? Is a one-story or two-story home best for you? Make sure when answering these questions that you consider the present and the future.

5. Buy what you can afford: It’s easy to fall in love with a home that’s not within your budget. To avoid the temptation or the disappointment of feeling like you’re settling for less than you deserve, it’s best to only look at homes that are in your price range. To determine how much you can afford, we suggest visiting with a mortgage lender to get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan.

6.  Make a checklist: To help you focus on homes that you are considering, make a checklist of your “must haves”. Fill out a checklist for any home you would consider purchasing. It’s easy to forget little details about the homes you are viewing, especially if you see several in one day. We recommend taking photographs of features you especially like so that you can refer to these at a later time.

House hunting can be very overwhelming and time consuming. However, if you follow the right steps, it will lead you to your Dream Home!