|Boxes of cabinets and trim!|
|Railings (where's the bullnose?!?!)|
|Some interior doors. I guess the little door is for one of the attic access panels? It's kind of cute!|
|French doors for the study|
|Double-bowl sinks. I like how well they follow directions: "Lay Flat" = Stand up on the narrowest end|
On the topic of cabinets...
One thing that irks me a bit is the fact that all of the cabinets choices Ryan offers have particle board boxes instead of plywood. I just really hate particle board for practical and cosmetic reasons: Any sort of moisture causes warping/flaking of your board (it's the worst in bathrooms) and the fake wood veneers they use on the sides of the boxes look so bad. Particle board is the cheapest way to build cabinets and unfortunately, that's the only thing you can get with Ryan (save for a custom request which would likely cost a fortune). Not only are the boxes made from the lowest grade material, but only when you upgrade to the highest cabinet choices (rushmore or wyoming) do you even get solid wood doors. The rest of us fairfield or scottsdalers get veneered doors.
|Here's a close-up of the particle board and the ugly printed veneer on the sides. I couldn't get to the front of the cabinets, so I'll post some pictures of the whole thing later.|
Here are some good websites if you are interested in more information on cabinets:
To be fair, I don't think this is a Ryan-specific thing (though I'm sure some of the higher-end builders offer better cabinets options) so much as a "new age" thing. It seems that the trends for the building and construction industry keep moving more and more toward the "quick, easy and cheap" options, rather than the "built-to-last" options. If I could afford it, I would buy all of my furniture from the Amish over in Lancaster. They seem to be in the minority of those who still take pride in their craft, and it's obvious in the quality of their products. You'll never see particle board in any of their furniture!!
Ok, enough ranting... thanks for letting me get that off of my chest... now I will proceed to get excited about my cheap, yet beautiful kitchen cabinets, which are hopefully going in as we speak!