So I googled around and found that there was a Milan model home available for us to look at within 30 miles of where we lived.
As soon as we walked in, we knew this was the house for us.
A link to the model we looked at is here.
Cue the scramble to get paperwork done because Ryan Homes had a December special that we could get a free finished basement* if we signed an agreement to build by the end of the month, which we were able to do. How's that for a New Year's Eve party???
FYI the initial contract you sign with Ryan Homes is just an agreement to build A home with them in a specific community. You still have a couple of weeks to finalize the lot, the actual house plan, and other structural decisions.
*Note: Ryan Homes is only going to finish the main basement area for us. There is an optional exercise room and a media room that will remain unfinished, but we will do them ourselves in a few years. The main basement area is still quite large.