Home Is Never Far Away // Interior Design
Within a week of reaching mutual acceptance on our home, the other lots that had our floor plan went up in price by $10k! We couldn’t even believe it! We are so blessed to have gotten our home when we did! We bought within the first week of the homes being available, and by a week later, they had already sold 7 or 8 lots! So they are already raising prices on quite a few of the floor plans, and are backing off on selling more for a bit as they are set and ready to build the ones that they have sold. Their goal for the quarter was to sell 9 lots, and they are one away from it in the first 2 weeks! So, like I said- we are VERY blessed!
Within that first week, we were already being contacted to set up our “pre-selection” appointment and our “selection” appointment. Prior to actually heading in to our pre-selection meeting, we looked up the particular cabinets, flooring and doors that are standard with the house, as well as looking up all of the upgrades listed. We felt pretty well prepared, and when we went into the pre-selection appointment the guy went through everything pretty quickly. He really didn’t tell us anything we hadn’t already heard from our amazing realtor and just from going through all of the paperwork ourselves. So we pretty much didn’t have any questions. The appointment went REALLY fast. We already had our selection appointment set up for just under two weeks afterwards, and had very clear ideas of what we were wanting.
We also took it upon ourselves to go to Home Depot to take a look at all sorts of flooring, hardware, lighting, counters and carpet to get an idea of exactly what we like, and thankfully we pretty much 100% agree on everything. We have really similar taste so we tend to agree on most of the look of the home. We took samples of our favorite flooring and I must admit…..I carried them around in my purse for over a week :) It was really fun to have a clear idea prior to all of our appointments.
Our actual interior design appointment was at the end of February, and surprisingly went by very quickly! It ended up being a lot easier than we anticipated! We got to the showroom and met with the woman who was going to guide us through the appointment. We started out by her going over some of the basics that the house comes with. Thankfully we had made a prioritized list with what was most important to us, and ranging down to things that would just be nice to have. Teri, the woman leading the appointment, started out not knowing anything about us really, but as she started her normal routine opening, she quickly discovered that flooring was number one to us. So instead of only sticking with the standards first then going to upgrades, we started with picking our flooring which would then determin what we could and couldn’t get.
Top left is the hardwood floors, top middle is the granite counter top, top right is the cabinets.
We picked a chocolate hand scraped solid birch flooring in 5 inch panels. We LOVE dark hardwoods! They are so rich in color, deep and plain gorgeous! However many people initially tried to steer us away from them, saying that they show dirt, dust and scratches easily. We took that into account and did our research! Thankfully we love the look of the way to avoid those issues with dark floor! We chose a semi-matte finish, if we had chosen a glossy finish you would absolutely see the dirt and scratches! So a semi-matte finish helps mask that, as well as we just LOVE the hand scraped texture! We feel that the wood having the dents and scratches adds character and personality, while adding the benefit of not worrying much about gaining any because we can always fix/hide them and blend them into the already dented wood! It seriously looks gorgeous! This flooring isn’t quite as hand scraped as we would ideally prefer, but it is technically hand scraped and fits the par. We decided to put hardwoods on the entire main floor, adding in the den and living room (which weren’t originally included.)
We also chose to upgrade our cabinets to the darkest color available, called “Sasparilla,” which is just about black, but its got a lot of depth to it. It looks a though it has a dark red/brown undertone. It picks up the darker grain in the hardwood. Beautiful! So all cabinets in the house will be this color.
We chose a granite tile for the counter, as much as we love the granite slab, we decided to go with granite tile. We picked a beautiful granite that is white with grey and brown tones. It’s called Kashmir White. The darker brown spots pick up the cabinet and flooring colors! We love the contrast between the light counter and dark cabinets/floors. We had considered going with darker counters but it just felt too heavy. The white lightens everything! This granite will also be used in our backsplash in the kitchen.
Our carpet choice on the left close-up; full view on the right (to the right of the green carpet)
We then decided on the carpet for the stairs and upstairs area. Let’s face it…carpet is not exactly great. It stains, it gets damaged and it collects pet hair. White carpet was out of the question. So we chose a medium grayish/brown carpet that picks up the tones of the hardwood floor and cabinets, but also isn’t overwhelmingly dark. Its a really beautiful neutral color called Cattail.
Top left is the backsplash, top right is the counter top, next photo is the flooring, then paired with the cabinet
We moved on to deciding the flooring in the upstairs bathrooms and laundry room. Eventually we may lay tile down, as that would really be beautiful, but for now we have chosen vinyl. We decided to stick with the same one for each area, and chose a more subtle texture and coloring. Then we decided on the “main bathroom” (ie: future children’s bathroom,) counters. We went again with a lighter tone, that had a similar pattern to the kitchen counters. We also then chose the backsplash for that bathroom as well. Overall they are a really good mix together!
Top left is the tile counter top, top right is the art-deco back splash, next photo the art-deco back splash is the middle one, then everything paired together.
The last colorful part we got to decide upon was the master bathroom! We went with the same vinyl flooring (again, someday maybe replace with tile,) but we have tile for the counter. It’s a pretty neutral tile and pairs well with the floor. We did however add an art-deco backsplash! This is so fun! The tiles are a mix of neutrals and picks up the colors of the cabinets and floors. I really like this little art-deco touch!
Then we got to pick the grout for all of the tile (you can see them in the pictures….but that was such a minor detail! It really was just finding the right color that didnt distract from the tile.) Not really the exciting part, but kind of cool that we got to pick even that!
Some other aspects that we got to decide upon weren’t picturesque, but important. We added surround sound in the living room, built in conduit for the wiring of the tv (that way no one sees wires, the wires go in through the wall,) a double sink in the master bathroom, prepped a light socket in the high ceiling in the entry way for a chandelier, added extra lights in the living room and master bedroom. Unfortunately they were not able to do one customization we had hoped for, which was piping the wall in the living room with a gas line so that we can put in a fireplace later on. (The house has the option of adding a fireplace, but the permits only allow for it to be in the corner of the living room. We will be placing one in the center of the wall with half-shelves on either side. So we will be contracting that out after we close.)
Overall, it was a really great appointment! Preparing beforehand really helped as we went in knowing what we wanted and what we were willing to give up. The lady, Teri, informed us that some people really do take 4-8 hours! Thankfully we only took 2. Picking the flooring was really the most time consuming part, and then just working everything else in. It really is such a cool experience to be able to make all of these decisions.