We wanted to "customize" our Avalon

as much as possible ....

Here are some things we are doing/plan to do ....

Items Ryan Homes allowed us to do as "non-standards" ....

  • kitchen island - got rid of the "Ryan angle" in it
  • rear brick
  • our carpet and ceramic tile for our laundry, back splash, & master bath are all "out of line" selections
  • coffered ceiling
  • larger gas cooktop
  • leaving out mirrors so we can add decorative ones after closing
  • whole house custom paint color
  • rough ins for pendants above the island

Going to try to work directly with the vendor ....

  • get a granite kitchen sink instead of the regualar stainless steel *** Yay, this got approved!!! Plus we are changing the edge of our island granite to Ogee! (updated 12/29/2013)

Items we plan to do shortly after closing ....

  • change out front door to a solid wood door
  • change out garage doors to match front door
  • change out and add some custom light fixtures
  • replace wire shelving in pantry & master closet
  • add cabinets above washer & dryer in laundry
  • replace powder room pedestal sink for a custom vanity
  • have closet in laundry room removed to add a built in bench area


  1. I just found your blog and I can't wait to see how you "de-ryanize" (love that term!) your house. The avalon is my favorite ryan model!

  2. Thanks ... my husband actually ran across the term somewhere else so I can't take the credit.. but I can't wait to close and start doing some of the tings we have planned!