We may still be waiting on the actual hole to be dug (excavators are behind schedule with ALL the rain we had in June!), but we are plowing ahead with next steps where we can.
A few weeks back we made most of our exterior choices for the house. Last night, we met with the gurus at Royal Flooring to pick out (you guessed it) our flooring, as well as our kitchen appliances. I am so grateful that our builder built in a liberal budget on both — I didn’t feel like everything I picked up was “an upcharge”. We actually managed to stay (for the most part!) within our allotted budget for everything. Woot woot!
This is where iPhone pictures fail miserably. Our carpet selection, “Adirondak” looks almost purple in this picture! Here’s a better shot of it, in the builder’s show home. (Show home photos are taken by Lemon and Lace Studios.) It’s your run-of-the mill color, but in a warm taupey-grey tone-on-tone that we feel will hide a lot. Plus it’s much softer and thicker than what we had in our past home.
Next up came tile options. That large slate grey square will be the flooring in the master and upstairs full bath, as well as in our laundry room.
The lighter rectangular piece with the “grain” going through it will be accent tile in our master. They will lay it at an angle both inside the shower and on the wall behind our tub, like the home photos you see below.
There will also be some accent glass tile inside the shower — playing off some paint chips we’re looking at in the grey-blue family, we selected an ever-so-slightly blue-tinted glass tile. (Ignore the dark grey subway tile – we were ruling that out for something else.)
One of the other things we’re hoping to do I don’t have a photo of, but we’re asking for some samples of a slate grey tile in a long/skinny rectangle size we can lay in a herringbone pattern in the powder room. I’m picturing something like this.
And finally, our engineered hardwood floors. AS I was taking this photo I was annoyed the color wasn’t showing up as they appear in real life, but this is as close as it gets. A grey-brown, I love that they have NO shine to them (no footprints!), a little texture (not too slippery) and the planks are nice and wide (you can see this in-floor sample run into a skinnier version in the bottom right corner of the photo). I decided it would be inappropriate to lay on the floor and stroke them, but I’m that excited about them. The floors in our last home were my number one annoyance!
Moving into the kitchen, ours will be very similar to what’s above in layout, minus the peninsula far left end of the island. We don’t yet have a granite picked out, but this sample on-hand was close enough to at least get an idea – we are going for a light white/grey with some black/dark grey variation in it.
The white piece on top is our cabinet color, a touch warmer/less stark than the sample door/drawer shown here: (looove me a shaker cabinet!)
We are excited about the silliest little things in this next house that we didn’t have in the last – these doors/drawers will all be soft-close. Ah, it’s the little things that make a big difference! We don’t need to make hardware decisions for a little while yet, but I’ll post when we get our options narrowed.
The range pictured will go over our island. And below it, the jury is still out. We were prepared to go with a gas range/oven, until we saw the demo for the professional cooktop. From a safety standpoint alone, we were amazed. There are no physical dials to turn things on, and even when boiling water, the burner is warm to the touch, but won’t scald you. You can literally put a piece of paper on the burner, the pot on top, and with the water boiling, the paper remains in tact. (How do they DO that??) So yes, we were a little courted by the “fancy stove” — we’ll see where the estimates come in and make a decision then.
As for the other appliances, we are going with Frigidaire’s Professional line. (We put the Gallery line in our last home and were very pleased.) For the microwave, Page held his ground on this kitchen “want” from day one of house searching, and I’m glad he did. The unit will be in-wall and out of sight, hidden in the lower cabinetry. I had argued that little fingers will mess with the buttons and door, but there’s an easy lock feature and for as infrequently as we use our microwave, I’m okay with it being below waist level for access. (Also, ignore the price tags here ha – pretty sure that price is for the whole shebang in that particular display!)
We were obviously too busy obsessing over the dishwasher to hold still for an in-focus shot, but after learning experiences in our current apartment with THE LOUDEST DISHWASHER EVER (seriously, there’s a monsoon happening in there!) we remembered just how important it is for a quiet one, especially in an open concept kitchen/living area where people gather. You know it’s a good one when you have to lean in to hear if it’s actually running. Ah, quiet bliss.
Do you hear the angels singing? It happens for me every time I open the doors to this fridge from Heaven. Actually two units, this was the very first thing we were hooked on when touring the builder’s show home. A single freezer unit and a single fridge unit are trimmed in as one giant Cribs-esque super fridge. My how my world has changed…I now look at this one (clearly in use) on the showroom floor and think, “Damn, I can fit a TON of breast milk in there come January!”
So there you have the latest progress! It’s overwhelming to think of ALL the decisions that have yet to be made (in the kitchen alone we need to decide on a sink, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, paint color, hardware and some cabinet configurations), but it’s great to have this hurdle behind us and a few more ticked off the list. More soon!!