Ok, so here comes the fun part…..or the HARD part! It’s time for us to make design choices and I am STRESSED! We both have a pretty good idea what we want, but it is still stressful to make final decisions on what to put in our new house.
We met with our designer on July 1 and finalized our flooring, cabinets, granite, and extra design elements. We were proud of our overall restraint. It is so easy to go overboard in a place like that.
We went into the meeting thinking we wouldn’t do any upgrading to the carpets in the basement or in the family room. We figured that with two kids, we would likely be replacing the carpet in the not too distant future anyway. But once we talked with the designer we learned that we needed to upgrade the padding in order to protect the subfloor from slips. The color choices for the base level carpet were pretty hideous too…..well played Ryan Homes, well played.
We ended up upgrading the padding and carpet upstairs and in the family room to include the protective padding and a stain resistant layer on the entire carpet fiber. Hopefully this upgrade will keep the carpets reasonably nice for a few years.
Our package already included a tile upgrade for the master and hall bathrooms, so it was easy to make a choice there without the fear of going over budget. The only other potential cost we ran in to was the kitchen backsplash. I had my heart set on gray subway tiles, but when I realized they were close to $1,000 I quickly changed my mind. Our package includes 6×6 ceramic tiles for the backsplash, and that will just have to do for now.
Here are our selections….
We had already finalized our exterior, but while I am going over it all…..
These are the exterior options we selected. The stone is a grayish-tan with subtle hints of red. I was disappointed the it wasn’t as gray as I had originally wanted, but once I saw it all together, I think we needed the warmer stone to contrast with the gray siding.
The main siding color is Graphite Gray, which (as expected) is a light gray color. The accent siding is in Silver Mist, which is actually more of a tan color. The shutters will be a dark gray and the front door will be Navy Blue.
We drove through the neighborhood to see if we could find a house with a similar color scheme but didn’t have much luck. We were able to find the elements individually, but no house that will just like ours.
Overall we are extremely happy with our choices and are THRILLED to get the building process started. We have our Pre-Construction meeting on July 13th and we are hoping the building will start soon after.
Next up…..paint colors!