This house is going up way faster than I expected. I really thought it would take at least 8 months to build but they are almost done! Our contract has an end date of sometime in mid-January but Tommy said he’ll be done on December 30th! Who wants to help us move?

Nearly all the lighting is done now. I was slightly concerned that the foyer light would be to big for the space but it fits the space perfectly. I think anything smaller would have been too small.

Front Porch Light

Entry Way Light

They also installed the granite.

Kitchen Granite

Kitchen Granite

Master Bathroom Granite

Installing Kitchen Granite

They are also making progress tiling the Master Bathroom.

Bath tub tile

Whirlpool Tub Tile

Master Shower Tile

They’ve also been working on the final grading. It has been raining a lot lately so it is super muddy.

And last but not least, they started painting real colors. The closets are all painted and they hung the closet shelves. I only have pictures of a few of the colors but there are more to come.

Overall Color

Master Closet

This house is going up way faster than I expected. I really thought it would take at least 8 months to build but they are almost done! Our contract has an end date of sometime in mid-January but Tommy said he’ll be done on December 30th! Who wants to help us move?

Nearly all the lighting is done now. I was slightly concerned that the foyer light would be to big for the space but it fits the space perfectly. I think anything smaller would have been too small.


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

I use to work on a weather satellite and I joke that it gave me some pull with the weather. In fact when Roderick and I were first dating we liked doing outdoor activities. Often it would threaten rain but by the time our date rolled around it was beautiful out. Unfortunately it looks like my pull is waning. Tommy’s been trying to do the final grading for almost a month now and it’s just been too muddy.

They are more than making up for the lack of exterior activity with interior progress. Behold a tour of the highlights.

All of the tile floors were laid but still need to be grouted. I can’t remember if I mentioned it but another nice little thing that we’re doing is using an epoxy grout which is easier to clean. They are also laying it so as to minimize the amount of grout. I love the look of tile but hate hate HATE cleaning it. It cost about $200 more per room but if it performs like I expect, it will be well worth the cost.

Monkey Bathroom Tile

Laundry Room Tile

Fish Bathroom Tile

They’ve started installing the bathroom hardware too.

Downstairs Bathroom Tile and Hardware

They’ve installed most of the lighting and it looks fantastic. The day I visited was cold and dreary but the house was so warm and inviting (even unfinished) because of the bright lights. I’m an admitted lightaholic. The brighter the better! I think we’ve got 60 watt bulbs in all of them. The huge chandelier in the foyer hasn’t been installed yet and I just can’t wait to see what it will look like.

Dining Room Light

Diningroom Transoms

They’ve also installed the fireplace mantle, a beautiful piece of solid maple. They are going to route it in place and then stain it to match the kitchen cabinets.

Great Room Fan and Fireplace Mantle

Kitchen Lights

Kitchen Hardware

And the piece de resistance the stairs! I love love LOVE LOVE the metal rails! They are beautiful, they are sturdy, and best of all they didn’t cost us anything extra. Have I mentioned that we love our builder?


Stair Sconces

Stair Close-up

We’ve been looking at accent tiles for the Master Shower for what seems like forever and we’re still stuck. Through the magic of photoshop I give you our mock ups, which do you like better?

Option 1: Travertine Tile with Copper Diamonds and Rope Accent (Expensive Rope Accent I might add)

Tile with Copper Roping

Tile with Copper Roping

Option 2: Travertine Tile with Copper Diamonds (No Rope Accent)


Tile without Extra Trim

Is option 1 worth the extra over $200? Help us decide.

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.


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.


They are going to have standard brushed nickle handles.


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



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


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.


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:


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.


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


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


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:


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.


The tile used for the shower floor and part of the detail:IMG_4456

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


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:


The whirlpool tub faucet will be:


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.


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.


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. 🙂