This past week was a short one with Thanksgiving being in there and yet they still managed to make some pretty dramatic changes.

We’ve now got shutters on the exterior of the house.

Exterior with Shutters

They started installing the hood. It’s still missing the top molding.

Kitchen Hood

They’ve also been installing the hardwood floor. The upstairs is mostly finished and they were working  the downstairs when we visited.

Wood Floor

Hardwood Flooring

They’ve been working on preparing the master shower for tile for a while and now they’ve actually started laying the tile.

Master Bath Tile

Master Shower Floor Tile

While we were there, we also noticed they added some additional trim to the chair rail to make it more substantial looking.

Chair Rail

Finally, one little snag with the lights. I hate the look of amber glass so when we choose lights we specifically looked for white glass, however the fans that were installed had amber glass. We told Tommy and he’s working to fix it.

Fan with Amber Glass

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Here is the wood floor we selected. This is the same color as the floor in our current house but wider planks.

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Wood Floor

These are the cabinet knobs we selected. Initially we were thinking of doing oil rubbed bronze to match our lights, but the color blended too closely with the cabinet color. I really like the style of these, nice and clean looking.

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Knobs

 

Some selection odds and ends.

When we first chose flooring we hadn’t picked out the downstairs’s bathroom sink so we couldn’t pick out the floor. We chose this sink:

Downstairs Bathroom Sink

Downstairs Bathroom Sink

So we chose this floor to go along with it:

Downstairs Bathroom Tile with Latte Grout

Downstairs Bathroom Tile with Latte Grout

We’re going for darker cozy feel so we’re getting oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and lights. We also picked out a nice mirror with a darker wood frame.

We also finalized the kitchen hood and it is BEAUTIFUL! I think it’s really going to be a focal point on that wall.

Kitchen Hood

Kitchen Hood

We also changed our mind about the Laundry room flooring and chose a darker tile.

Laundry Room Tile with Butter Cream Grout

Laundry Room Tile with Butter Cream Grout

And finally, just in case you didn’t know … we love our builder. Locally there is something called the Parade of Homes where builders show off their best houses. We visited one in Keswick (fanciest neighborhood in the area) and saw some beautiful metal stair baluster. I was already worried that the spindly little wood stair rails wouldn’t be strong enough to contain our little tornado so we asked Tommy how much it would cost to upgrade from the spindly wood rails to pretty metal ones. I expected it to cost a fortune (at least $500 – $1000 more). Tommy looked into it and talked to his contact and got it for us for $0 extra. We love free! It’s going to be sooo pretty. It will be one of this type:

Metal Stair Rails

Fancy Metal Stair Rails

Alternating with one of this type:

Plain Spiral Railing

Plain Spiral Rail

This morning we met with Tommy to go over the site plan … and the ENTIRE rest of the day we spent picking out stuff. I think my brain is picked over! Should I get a 6 eggs or half a dozen? …. uhhhh … I don’t know, I can’t decide! :p

So far here is what we got. Have an opinion, we’d love to hear it.

First we picked out the exterior brick. I wanted a lighter color but R wanted a darker color. It was more important to him than to me so here it is with a exterior color similar to what we’re going for.

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Next we picked out cabinets. They are all made by Mid-Continent and have all the bells and whistles. Dove tail drawers, soft closures, solid maple wood doors, plywood exteriors. Very spiffy.

For all of the Kid’s Bathrooms we chose the Princeton style, Maple doors in the wheatfield finish.

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They are going to have standard brushed nickle handles.

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The top is going to be a beautiful black marble that has a hint of blue in it. It’s called Verde Butterfly.

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For both the Master Bathroom and the Kitchen we chose the Villa style, Maple Doors in the sundance finish with a chocolate glaze.

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We want drawer pulls similar to this but the builder doesn’t carry them by default so I have some deal hunting to do.We chose a beautiful dark granite that has some gold flecks in it for the top. I really do think this is the most beautiful granite I’ve ever seen. I really hope it looks as good in large quantities as it does in the sample.

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Here it is all put together. Both the cabinets and the flooring are a little bit lighter in person than they are in this picture.

IMG_4427For the wood flooring, we chose factory-finished oak in a warm natural color. This sample board has the 2 3/4 strip but we are getting the wider 3″ strips. This is very similar (if not the same exact thing) as what we have installed in our current house. Here’s a close up:

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After that it was on to choosing tile and grout. Choosing the tile wasn’t that difficult but choosing the grout sure was. Who knew there were so many colors of grout to choose from. I think there were about 20 different colors of white. I’m still not sure we choose correctly. All the flooring tile is 12 x 12 and going to be laid on the diagonal.

For the laundry room we choose Riccetti Vitruvius Atrium which is a ceramic tile that looks like tumbled marble. Tumbled marble is beautiful but because of the tumbling it is weak and breaks easily so it’s not so good for flooring. VA dirt is red clay so we chose a red-tinged tile to try to hide some of that. I think we choose Antique White as the grout.

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For the kids bathrooms we choose this tile with Latte grout … I think. Something neutral that will hopefully hide dirt well.

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Here is the kids bathroom put together. The wood is what the cabinets will look like.

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We didn’t really see anything we liked for the Master Bathroom so we headed up to Floors R Us or For the Floors or something like that. Whatever it was, we picked up a few more sample boards.

After that it was up to Luck Stone to meet our friend Patrick. The center section of the house is going to be dry stack ledge stone. Owens Corning makes a cultured stone that we wanted to use but Tommy only had a sample board of the grayer version of the stone. We couldn’t decide between the Chardonnay or the Cedar (or maybe even the Caramel) from the online pictures. Luck Stone has a larger sample of the Chardonnay which turned out to have a lot more red in it than the picture online showed.

IMG_4447So Patrick is going to order sample boards of the Cedar and Caramel for us to look at. If you are thinking of going with Luck Stone, shoot me off an email and I’ll give you Patrick’s contact info. He’s really good.

After that we hit Kirklands. We are looking for a furniture type sink for the downstairs bathroom but didn’t see anything we really liked. The bathroom is right off the playroom and is the only downstairs bathroom so I foresee it getting used often. We didn’t see anything that we thought would hold up to that kind of abuse. If you know of any place to get sturdy furniture type vanities let me know.

After that we headed back to the selection room to go over the master bathroom tiles. We found some absolutely beautiful tumbled marble tiles. They are so beautiful, R is going to have a really hard pulling me out of the shower in the morning.

The flooring, this is the same style as we’re using in the laundry room but a lighter shade:

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The main tile for the shower and the bathtub. The shower is going to have 4 x 4 tile and the bathtub surround is going to have 6 x 6 tile.

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The whole sample board. The railing tile is going to be used around the tub. The accent piece is on the side.IMG_4459 I worked up a couple of photoshopped images of what the shower will look like with the trip but I can’t decide. Which option do you like better?

Option 1:                                                         Option 2:

Triangle Trim                                               Barrel Trim

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RailCenter <– Option 3: Rail Trim

We initially picked out option 1, but I’m leaning more towards options 2 or 3.

And last but not least because there are still a bunch of things we need to choose … we chose bathroom fixtures.

All sink faucets will be:

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The whirlpool tub faucet will be:

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We picked shower fixtures also but ended up not taking a picture of them.

This is one option for the kitchen sink faucet but we’re not loving it. I’m going to see what else I can find.

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One big thing on our to do list is pick the exterior color, but we need to wait on the stone to do that. We’re leaning towards one of these colors with white windows and trim. The front door will be a beautiful mahogany door with a dark walnut finish. The shutters will be black and I think all the exterior french doors will be white … we’re still deciding that last one.

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Light Beige

IMG_4466Dark Beige (We’re more leaning towards this one)

Whew! I was exhausted picking all that out and now I’m exhausted writing all that up. Please let us know what you think, we probably won’t listen to you … but then again we just might. 🙂