Thursday we had our appointment with Rite-Rug. Our only major complaint was the availability to schedule appointments during convenient times. We both had to take some time off of work to make the appointment.
Upon entering Rite-Rug, we were welcomed by.... no one. I counted 3 people that were sitting at their desks and didn't lift their heads up even though they had to have heard the hanging jingly balls bouncing against the doors as we walked in. We walked around and found our sales person who was in a back corner and had a "Selection Center" sign on the wall. Our sales person was friendly, so that was a good thing, and was helpful in making our selections.
Coming in to the appointment, we knew that we definitely wanted to upgrade the carpet padding to 8 lb and that we wanted to extend the hardwood into the dining room, powder room, and hallway. The choices were a little overwhelming since there were a lot of combinations that could be put together and mix and matching different levels/upgrades.
CarpetHere's what we found out about carpet.
- Level A is the standard and does not have stain protection. There were only a few color options available.
- Level B included stain protection and had a few more color options.
- Level C had some nicer designs, textures and colors and seemed to be made a little better than both A and B.
We decided that we definitely needed Level B, if for nothing more than the stain protection.
We also felt that since the family room will be an area where we will be spending a lot of our time, the upgraded carpet Level C would be a good investment.
Here are our final carpet selections:
- Level C in the Family Room
- Intuitive/Sweet Tea
- Level B in the Basement, Stairs, and Bedrooms.
- Collinsville/100 Sahara Buff
HardwoodOur included options for the home included Hardwood A in the Kitchen, Morning Room, and Foyer. We will be putting hardwood in the dining room, hallway up to the family room, and the powder room. The differences to us between Hardwood A and B were pretty significant. B brings a few more colors and 3.25" planks. The overall look of B is smoother and more refined.
We initially decided on upgrading to Hardwood B - 3.25" Dundee/Mocha. After some second guessing, reviewing other blogs and talking to both of our mothers, we determined that with our Cherry Java cabinets the Mocha would just be too dark. Nora went back on her own the next afternoon and changed our selection to Saddle, which we feel is going to look awesome in the house with our other selections.
We also decided on Black Cherry stain for our railings which will have the white spindles.
Master BathThere were 4 different tile selections, A, B, C and D. Selection D was significantly more expensive than the other options so we decided not to even look at those choices. The ceramic tiles included with the upgraded owners bath (A) are just basic white or almond colored tiles. B was almost the same as A but with a few more colors. C had larger (12x12 ) floor tiles, (10x14) wall tile, and accent pieces.
We'd already made the decision that the Kitchen, Family Room, and Master Bathroom are the areas of the house that we wanted to focus attention on. Having already decided to upgrade the Master Bathroom by adding granite counter-tops and upgraded cabinets, we decided to go ahead and upgrade to level C tile.
Also, after looking at our choices, we decided to change the Burlywood Granite to Santa Cecilia Light to keep a lighter, less busy feel in the master bath.
Our Master Bathroom tile selections:
- 12x12 Dorian Gray
- 10x14 Dorian Gray
- Universal Mosaic
|Master Bathroom Selections!|
Second Bathroom/Laundry Room
Choices for our second bathroom and laundry were a bit easier. For both we went with the same laminate vinyl flooring.
We know that we could have probably gotten some of these and other upgrades done at a lesser cost if we went with an outside contractor after we closed, however for the convenience and knowing that it will be done, to us it is a wise decision and expense to take care of now.
Only our Guardian appointment left, which is in a week and a half. Hopefully we've made some good selections and we can start to sit back and enjoy our home being built!