Showing posts with label cabinets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cabinets. Show all posts

Friday, October 17, 2014

Starting to Feel Like a Home!

We stopped by the house today and it's really starting to come together and feel like our home!

12 days left until we sign!  Our PM is starting to mark things for the punch out guy to go through and start working on fixing/completing some items.  We really like the colors, selections and upgrades that we made and how it all comes together.

  • Siding and Stone front completed today
  • Granite installed 
  • Power is now on at the house
  • Plumbing is almost completed and will be finished at the beginning of next week
  • Trim carpenters in the process of finishing up
  • Carpet to be installed next Monday/Tuesday
  • Gutters will be installed in the middle of next week
  • Grading of the yard is scheduled for next Thursday.  Will need to be touched up in the spring but our PM will definitely be handling the areas around the foundation and the big ruts in the yard

Road to our Home
Almost Finished!

Stone Front Completed

Garage Carriage Lights

Living Room

Kitchen from Living Room - Lots of lights but we had one added to install pendant lights above the island


Dishwasher and Sink

Lazy Susan

Kitchen from Morning Room

Kitchen Pantry

Morning Room

Living Room from Kitchen


Basement Stairs

"Larger" side of basement

"Smaller" side of basement wall

"Smaller" side of basement

Closet - Access panel to master bathroom tub

Powder Room toilet

Powder Room Sink

2nd Bathroom

Laundry Room
Master Bedroom
Master Bath Sinks

Tiled Shower

Soaking Tub

Basement Storage and Mechanicals


Thursday, October 9, 2014

21 Days

21 Days until we receive the keys to our house!  Time has flown by and a lot of progress has been made.  Our PM has continued to be great and the level of communication and follow up has exceeded our expectations thus far.

Over the last few weeks we've been able to get into the house after work on our own, however they recently started locking up our house and we can't get in on our own, which is probably a good thing. Today we took some time during the day to stop by and check out the progress.

Here are a few updates on what has been done over the last week and a few pictures that we took today.

  • Hardwood floors have been installed
  • Kitchen Cabinets have been installed
  • Granite will be installed next week
  • Ceramic Shower being installed today
  • Drywall and paint touch-ups to occur tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday
  • Stone Fireplace will be installed next Tuesday
  • Electrical, HVAC, and fixtures will start to be done next week
  • Siding and stone front will be installed next Monday and Tuesday
  • Gas Meter hooked up

Walkway and Stoop

Bunch o' Stuff in the Garage

Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen - our hardwood is protected with cardboard

Living Room


Another Bedroom Pic

Master Bathroom - If you look closely you can see the tile around the tub
Master Bedroom

Tools and Bathroom Tile

Friday, June 27, 2014

Floored by Flooring!

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.


Here'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
Sweet Tea

  • Level B in the Basement, Stairs, and Bedrooms.
    • Collinsville/100 Sahara Buff
Sahara Buff


Our 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 Bath

There 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:

  • Floor
    • 12x12 Dorian Gray
  • Wall
    • 10x14 Dorian Gray
  • Accent
    • 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!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Colors, Cabinets, and Granite, Oh My!

Wednesday afternoon we met with our newly assigned SR at a nearby Ryan community to go over our color selections and review our options.  We met for about an hour which was a lot quicker than we anticipated, but we already had an idea on the colors that we liked which made this process easier for us.

Exterior Selections

The SR showed us a few different exterior color schemes.  We had to stick to these color schemes and there were no variations that could be made, which I guess is a good thing so that your neighbors don't make any crazy choices!  The only color scheme that we couldn't choose was with gray siding since the neighbors to our left have gray siding, which was fine by us.
  • Siding
    • Sandy Tan
  • Shutters
    • Dark Berry
  • Stone
    • Bucks County Ledgestone
  • Door
    • Marooned

Exterior Colors!
Bucks County Ledgestone

Now on to our cabinet and counter-top selections!


Included in our original agreement was kitchen cabinet upgrade 1.  After reviewing the cabinet selections, while some of the choices we liked, we ultimately decide to upgrade to the kitchen cabinet upgrade 2.  The selections in this upgrade have a solid wood center, instead of the veneer, and to us have an overall nicer look to them.  Plus, the Cherry Java that we originally liked was in this upgrade. We opted against adding any handles. 

We decided on Santa Cecilia granite.  None of the other options really stuck out to us and we like that there are some darker streaks in the texture that should blend nicely with the cabinets that we selected.

Cherry Java with Santa Cecilia


The standard bathroom cabinet selections are pretty limited, a light oak or maple color.  We decided that this would be fine for our second bathroom, but for the master bathroom we went for the vanity upgrade 1 and selected Maple Espresso.  Since we were making these upgrades to the bathroom and we knew that we would want to upgrade the tile when we visited Rite-Rug,  we selected Burlywood granite.  What a great master bathroom we are going to have!

Maple Espresso with Burleywood

For the second bathroom we went with the Oak Honey Cabinet.

Oak Honey Cabinet

Other Options

Here are the other options that we decided to add:
  • Exterior Floodlight
  • Address Stone
  • Exterior Gas Line Hookup
  • Paint Package 3 tone
    • Sun Dew paint
      • We went with the paint package so that we would have the entire house painted a color other than white and we could focus on just painting accent walls.  There were a couple of paint color options available but we liked Sun Dew the best.    
Sun Dew - 7SW688
  • 1 Additional Recessed Light for Kitchen
    • We like the look of having pendant lights above the gourmet island.  The kitchen comes with 9 recessed lights.  After speaking with the SR, who contacted the PM, they agreed to center 3 recessed lights (2 existing and 1 additional) over the island so that we could swap out and put in pendant lighting.  Here's a picture from someone that has done the same thing and where we got this idea.
Kitchen with Pendant Lights

WOW how quickly these options add up!  An upgrade here, an add-on there, and before you know it $$$$.  Our thought process for where to add upgrades or options was to make them in the areas where we will be spending the most time - the kitchen, the family room, and the master bathroom!

Rite-Rug appointment tomorrow, more selections!!!  Whew, this is exhausting!