Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We went with the basement exit

So I forgot to mention in our last post that we went ahead and got the Single Welled exit for the basement. Everyone we know with kids tells us it will be a great idea for the future so we went ahead and did it. Also after reading a few other blogs I think I am going to ask for the higher top rack in the closet so that I can put another rack underneath. We are also thinking about getting a few additional outlets like on the island and on top of the cabinets ( I think that is it but I will double check to make sure) This is one of the good things about having a delayed construction date, we can still make changes... and the more I read the more I want to add/change.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pictures as Promised

Here are pictures of the model in our neighborhood. I love the way this house is decorated and we will probably be borrowing a lot of design ideas from this house, especially the master bedroom. I also have pics of some of our selections. We did change the counter tops from Red Montana to Golden Mascarello after looking at pictures online and some other blogs (those2 colors are really hard to find, I guess not too many people have them)
The range we chose flat top electric
I love the way this kitchen looks so we are going to try and make ours look very similar. We are doing the upgraded laminate instead of granite though so it won't be exactly the same.
Our sales rep said the cabinets in the model are Wyoming Cherry Spice (which is what we chose) but they seem a little dark to me. They seem more like Cherry Bordeaux ... Either way I think we will be happy
I believe this is the fridge that we chose as well
Morning Room
Family Room
"Living Room" I think we may make this a study although I love this set up. Chris thinks it will be a waste to set up another table which it probably will be b/c we will be moving about 1.5 hrs away from our families so we probably won't have many visitors.
Hallway pics
Hi Chris
These are all basement photos
Guestroom closest to the Master
Guestroom Closest to the hall bath
Biggest Guestroom with the "squinty window"
Hall Bath-I love the tile package in here but I couldn't convince Chris to do it in the Hall Bath. We have it in ours and have the standard white tile in the hall bath
Master Bedroom- We are going to decorate very similarly
Master bath
Washer package B- We chose this one
Golden Mascarello Laminate, Butterscoth Hardwood (Kitchen, Morning Room and Foyer) White Fox Carpet
Wyoming Cherry Spice Cabinets w/ the Golden Mascarello. I'm not sure if it is the flash but this is why I think the cabinets in the model are Cherry Bordeaux not Cherry Spice, they seem a lot lighter. Either way the Cherry Spice really compliments the colors in the laminate so I am happy =-)
ceramic tile package (master bath) in Mushroom
1st floor powder room tile ( I can't remember the name)
Hall Bath and laundry room color (I can't remember the name of this either )
Here are our Siding and Shutter colors. Sandtone siding with Black shutters
and here is our little spot on the planet. I am so excited about all of this especially being able to start a great life with my best friend. July is going to take FOREVER to get here, but it's ok b/c we have a lot of wedding things to get out of the way in the meantime.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

selection pictures coming soon

We are going down to our community in a little while to talk w/ our sales rep (about changing the color of the countertop) and while we are down there we will take some pictures of our selections. We will also take some pics of the model since we want to decorate somewhat similarly.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

So here is what we chose

So as I already stated we chose the Venice Model. This was after much deliberation and debate. We started this whole process thinking about a Sienna, that changed to a Florence. Chris really liked the layout/floorplan of the Florence, but I liked the size of the bedrooms in the Sienna. So we went back and forth about it for about a month and then one day out of the clear blue I suggested getting a cost estimate for a Venice b/c that is the house that I really wanted from the start. We thought that there was no way that we could afford a Venice but our sales rep (who is awesome by the way) showed us that if we cut back a little on upgrades we could afford it. When she showed us cost estimates the Venice and the Florence (that had a few more upgrades) were the same EXACT price in monthly payments. So when we saw that we knew the Venice would be our house. It has the perfect layout for me and more than enough space for us to start and grow a family in. We are really excited to just be starting our lives together let alone in a beautiful house like this one!

Ok so enough of my rambling. Here are the options/upgrades that we have:

In our neighborhood Elevation A is the one with full Vinyl Siding and that is what he chose.

  • Finished Basement- with 3 piece rough-in's for the bathroom
  • Recessed Lighting in the basement
  • Morning Room
  • Gourmet Island in the Kitchen
  • Wyoming Cherry Spice cabinets-w/ crown moulding
  • Laminate upgrade in Kitchen ( we are still going back and forth with this one. We chose the Red Montana Laminate but we think we like the regular Butter Rum Laminate better so we are going back down next weekend to talk to our Sales Rep and make up our minds)
  • Stainless Steel appliance package - Flat Top Electric Range (we both like cleaning those better than any other option) Microwave and Fridge
  • Recessed Lighting in the Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer package B
  • Double Bowl vanity
  • Luxury Owners Bath- But instead of the soaking tub we are doing the Roman Shower w/ double shower heads. 
  • Ceramic Tile upgrade in owners bathroom 
  • We are upgrading the cabinets in the owner and guest bathrooms but I can't remember to what ( I will write it down once we go next weekend and post it then) 
  • 3 Ceiling Fan Rough-ins - Morning Room, Master Bedroom and The bigger guestroom 
  • Hardwood in the Foyer, Kitchen and Morning Room in Manchester Butterscoth
  • Carpet and upgraded padding-Everywhere else in WhiteFox (except for the laundry room and bathrooms but I can't remember the names of the tile there either but I will have pictures) 
So that is what we have right now, there are a few other options on the table that we haven't decided on yet like the walk-out basement for example. For the most part we are pretty set on the choices we have made and are happy about them.

For those who have the walk out basement has it come in handy for getting furniture and things like that into the basement?