Monday, October 22, 2012

My two cents on the Jefferson Square

A new model, Jefferson Square, just opened up in a Ryan community not far from us.  I was very excited to go see in person what the new "improvements" to the layout were.  All I can say is Thank God we picked the Jefferson.  When we signed our contract last December, our SR told us about the Jefferson Square and said if we were interested we could get it.  I reviewed the floor plan at that time and was not interested and now after seeing it in person, further confirmed I made the right decision.  Issues I noticed: the lack of windows in the family room, the smaller kitchen, smaller formal dining room, smaller formal living room, no vaulted ceiling in the morning room or the master, smaller bedrooms, no double door closet in any of the other bedrooms, hall bathroom on a weird angle, smaller basement.  While the downfalls are numerous, there were a few good things: more windows in the master bedroom, shower in master bath has two shower heads, larger office space.  There are two walk-in closets in the master, which would normally be a good thing but these walk-ins are on a weird angle making any sort of custom shelving design near impossible and downright awkward, and if you like the laundry on the 2nd floor then this would be a plus.  I thought I would prefer 2nd floor laundry until one, I heard how the spin cycle shakes and rattles the entire house, and two my muddy, filthy boys come home from football practice and need to strip down and put those clothes immediately into the washing machine (and they wash up in the laundry sink).  Could you imagine them walking all the way upstairs with those clothes, dripping mud and who knows what all over the place??? Or even worse, they use the kitchen sink to wash up in.....OMG I cringe just thinking about it....

Overall I was shocked at the differences.  It will be interesting to see how long it will be before Ryan will make changes.  I can't imagine it will be as popular as the original Jefferson.


  1. We have loved the Jefferson for years, and were so excited when we could finally build one. Of course, we were told that when we signed, it was the last week that Ryan would be offering the Jefferson in our community. In fact, the Jefferson isn't even listed on the website for Ohio anymore (although still available in Pennsylvania). We looked at the plans for the Jefferson Square not too long ago, and felt the same way you did. Although the double shower head would be great for our master (and is probably the direction we'll go when renovating in 5 yrs or so), it's not worth losing some of the other great features of the original Jefferson. I too am curious to see how popular it becomes.

  2. Interesting. It's almost like they did a cross between a Victoria Falls and a Jefferson. Still building Jeffersons here in PA. We've got several in our development. And I 100 percent am with you on the first floor laundry camp for the same reason. We got the extended laundry/mudroom and it's a great place for two muddy boys to strip down and put dirty clothes straight into the wash. Plus, I'm a person who normally does laundry at night while I'm watching TV in the family room -- which makes it convenient to switch loads and then bring clothes into the family room to fold.

  3. I agree, I like the laundry on the 1st floor. It seems like a lot of the new models are pushing the 2nd floor laundry. I'm also not a big fan of the closet through the bathroom which a lot of the new models seem to be doing.

    1. Me too!!! I refuse to go through the bathroom in order to get to my clothes. First of all there are way too many "things" that can be going on in the bathroom that I don't want to be a part of and secondly I don't want my clothes, shoes, and purses to be anywhere near those "things" if you know what I mean. Bathrooms are for personal use period. They are not meant to be a thoroughfare.

  4. LMAO about the closets through the bathrooms...even though that closet is bigger in the Rome, I'm so anti that concept that I gave that closet to my husband! For all the same reasons TeamMom23 stated, plus I'm hoping it means my husband's clothes won't be all over the master suite!

    I think the biggest thing I'm regretting about the Rome we chose is that the mudroom is laughable. I would have loved to have the extended mudroom/laundry room right off the garage, for the muddy boys coming in from playing. The best I could do was have a laundry tub/sink in the garage, so they can strip and wash up before they come inside. I might have to designate an enclosed laundry basket for transferring the clothes to the upstairs laundry room, though...