Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Our selections...

I have been posting for two weeks now and I've just realized that I have not posted any of the options we've chosen for our new home. I wanted to do this post first when I started the blog but since I kept changing my mind. I figured just to do this post once the options are set in stone. We signed the last change order today (I swear) so here goes:

  • Verona floor plan, elevation C, silver mist siding, black shutters, white trim, kungfu red door
  • Side entry garage
  • Morning room
  • Bonus room on the second floor
  • Attic access
  • Finished basement with double welled entrance
  • Hardwood flooring (Manchester gunstock) through out the house except for for first floor guest bedroom and finished basement area
  • recessed lighting in every room except for morning room and study where we opted for a ceiling fan/light
This is a break down what we had chosen room by room:

  • First floor living room - converted into guest bedroom, instant impact carpet in pea gravel
  • First floor powder room - converted into attached full bath with shower instead of combination tub-shower for the first floor guest room, fidenza cafe floor/wall/listello package
  • First floor study - at first we had requested that they remove the wall between the study and the family room so we could have a larger family room, they had said yes to that request, but we decided to put back the wall because the living room to bedroom conversion had made the space so much smaller and awkward
  • Family room - added fireplace with a slate surround
  • Kitchen - Scottsdale Espresso cabinets with st cecilia granite, kitchen island, pendant lighting rough-ins over island, gas range hook-up with range hood venting outside the house.  I was taught to cook by my Chinese grandmother so one of the important things I had to have was a commercial grade range hood that will vent to the outside or the house will smell like a bad Chinese restaurant.  A microwave/vent combo that recirculates air just won't cut it.  So Ryan will be installing this hood and dual fuel range from the GE Monogram line for me.  This combination will include warming lamps, warming shelf and a stainless steel backsplash.  The fact the grates can accommodate round-bottom woks is a major plus, as IMO, there is nothing like high heat cooking on a wok!  We chose not to get a backsplash from Creative Floors as the choices were very limited.  We will probably order something from Ann Sacks or have this tile installed. 
  • Finished basement - Aside from the finished basement area we are getting from RH as an incentive, we had them finish off the rest of the basement too.  We plan to make this into a winter play area for the two kiddies.  We also added a full bath (plain white ceramic tile) to the basement 
  • Master suite - owner's bathroom with soaking tub and shower, double bowl vanity, ubatuba countertop, stratford place tile in alabaster
  • Hall bathroom - double bowl vanity, plain white ceramic tile
  • Laundry room - sink, sierra tile 
We did ask for a lot of nonstandards from Ryan but not all of them were approved.  Overall, we are happy with what we had chosen.  Feel free to comment.


  1. Carly, love your ideas and the customizations to your home! It really makes it special when you know that you created the space to suit your families needs. We did the same thing. They finally said no more customs! You know I wasn't happy about that but everything we asked for they provided so I was happy. It's funny I am still in my head thinking of how I can get more. Lol

    Your gas range and hood are awesome times 2!! I can't wait to see how it is going to turn out! What color did you use for your vanity bathroom cabinets?

    What custom requests did they turn down? Was the hardwood flooring in the entire house a custom request? They told us we couldn't get it because the way the Rome is structured at our first meeting but when we went to see the carpet I changed my mind and decided not to push for it.

    1. We chose Scottsdale Espresso cabinets for all the bathrooms too. The hardwood flooring was a custom request. It took them awhile to get back to us on this. It is weird though why they can't put hardwood flooring throughout the Rome though. I've always thought if you can put carpet on it, you can also put hardwood flooring on that.

  2. I like that you customized your kitchen range. Other than our extra oven we're not pushing for too much in our kitchen, figuring we'll overhaul the whole thing in a few years to put in better countertops anyways.

    Ditto Nadase, what did they turn down? That's almost as interesting as what they approved! :)

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    2. I never thought of it that way Carly about the carpet and hardwood flooring!! Cute concept. We knew we wanted hardwood and RH gave us the hardwood as incentive on the main floor in certain rooms. We immediately asked for it upstairs too and they claim the floor board was the problem so I took it for granted that it was truism but now I know better. They Turned down moving the vents, hardwood on entire upstairs, pot filler, PVC pipe for irrigation system, and to widen drive way and brick around garage

      Btw I was looking for things they did not approve if you dont mind sharing

    3. I will. I was going to that on a separate post.

  3. Wow, i dont know how I didnt come across your blog before,...HI! Oh my we picked so many exact things, including our kitchen selections are exactly the same, cant wait to watch the progress....DW