One issue that we have had an issue with is exterior color. My wife and I were determined to get a dark grey (graphite grey) and a nice dark stone (Buckeye Country). However, when we went in to lock in our colors we found out about the crazy 2,2,1 rule which states that you can't have the same color as the house 2 to your left and 2 to your right, and 1 directly across the street. I understand the concept of wanting the neighborhood to look good, but if I am paying a quarter of a million for a house it better be what I want. The only houses all ready built neighbors on the right with a cottage style Florence. The house on their left, and the houses across the street are in the process of being built and we had not known what the colors were going to be. We found out (in what felt like a lottery drawing) that two of the houses had the grey colors we wanted. After this disappointment we then decided on two other alternatives: Island Pearl with Buff stone, or Spanish Olive with Aspen. We drove up to Beavercreek to see an example of both houses and fell in love with the Spanish Olive and Aspen. We had also decided Island Pearl was too light and not for us. Then we hit another disappointment because the house two to the right had already chosen Aspen.
Now we are at a crossroad. After repeatedly being told that I can't have what I wanted to begin with, we decided that Spanish Olive and Buff stone would look very good together. Then we found out that the designer at Ryan had decided that Buff Stone wouldn't be a recommended color for Spanish Olive (even though it is nearly the same thing as Aspen, only slightly darker). We asked to get special permission to do so, because at this point if I don't get approval I might just pull the plug and go somewhere else. I can't stand the fact of agreeing to a 30 year mortgage on a house we are not 100 percent in love with. We are supposed to hear something back next week which will determine our future plans.