Thursday, May 9, 2013

Our selections

Well the fun part of the building process kicked off in late February. We selected all of the options in our home. Lesa had a blast selecting the flooring, cabinets, and counter tops that will be going in to our home.


Lesa and I looked at each of the available facades for our model. We wanted a full front porch which meant we could choose between a colonial look (elevation C) or a cottage look (elevation M). After quite a bit of consideration we went with elevation M. We felt that it would be a unique look that probably wouldn't be selected by many other buyers, it was a $17K upgrade, but we feel that it was worth the cost.

On color selection we actually couldn't get what we really wanted on the exterior of our home. We wanted to go with a dark red siding with a tan highlights, unfortunately Ryan doesn't offer red in our neighborhood. After looking through the available options we settled on Spanish Olive siding, with Sandy Tan siding for the 2nd floor shake. The trim will be white, and the stone will be Autumn Ledgestone. The metal roof on our front porch will be black. Our shutters and front door will be Farm House Red. Lesa and I were bound and determined to get red in the color scheme somehow. Overall we are pleased with our exterior selections and we feel that the home will have a warm and welcoming ambiance.


Well, Lesa and I went nuts with upgrades on the interior of our new home. We selected damn near every upgrade that was available.

The one  thing Lesa and I both agreed on was that we didn't want hardwood floors anywhere in our new home. After 10 years of having a Bruce hardwood floor on the main floor of our current home we knew that we were tired of the maintenance and problems that accompany wood floors. With active children and a fairly large dog maintaining a hardwood floor in pristine condition is next to impossible. It was an easy choice to go with ceramic tile instead of wood. Lesa and I will have a ceramic tile entryway, kitchen, and all of the bathrooms. We also opted to get the ceramic tile surround in the master bedroom (with the SA60 listello accent) as well as a ceramic tile back splash in the kitchen (with the SA60 random clip accent). Each of the bathrooms, basement powder room, main floor powder room, bonus room bathroom, 2nd floor bath, and the master bath with have matching ceramic tile. Yeah, its a lot of tile. We selected the Daltile Fidenza (FD02) tile with a sable brown (#95) grout. We like that the grout will pick up the colors in the cabinets, tile and granite selections we've made.

One question people keep asking is about our tile and grout selections. Our tile is light and the grout we selected is darker. Its actually a nice combination. We found a picture of what it looks like (next picture), yes it is a bathroom but the wall is our tile and grout combination. Lesa and I think it looks very rich, warm, and welcoming.

In addition to ceramic tile the bathroom cabinets will match the kitchen cabinets, we've selected the Wyoming Cherry Bordeaux cabinets for the entire house. These are the top of the line cabinets offered by Ryan Homes, the portfolio select line. We have also selected to get cabinet hardware installed in the kitchen and the bathrooms with a brushed nickle finish.  We've also opted to go with granite in our bathrooms. We've selected the wheat granite counter tops. Lesa and I wanted to keep the same look and feel as we had in kitchen, unfortunately we couldn't get the exact same granite so we picked as close as we could.

For counter tops we have selected Santa Cecilla granite for the kitchen. Lesa and I liked the look of the granite and felt it would go well with the rest of our selections. The picture below will give you and idea of what the counter and cabinets will look like together.

We've selected to go with a darker brown rug (Collinsville 00703 Barn Owl) for the basement and main level. We have light brown and grey rugs in our current home and with active children and pets it difficult to keep them looking their best. Lesa and I felt that a darker hue would offset this problem. For upstairs we kept it simple and went with a lighter rug (Baseline 00743 Shadow) and basic padding. We are hardly upstairs and we didn't feel that the upgrade to a space largely used for sleeping was worth the cost. In the pictures below you can see the carpet selections, tile selections, granite selections. Enjoy our RiteRug pictures :)

The laminate in the last picture is what we will have in our laundry room. Overall with flooring we ended up with $77,875 in options. All in all Lesa and I feel like we are getting an excellent value. A full list of the options we've selected:

Elevation M - $16,995
Finished Basement - $16,995
Home Office Basement - $1,595
Powder Room Basement - $3,900
Granite Counter Tops - $4,695
Wyoming Square Cherry Bordeaux Cabinets Kitchen -  $3,495
Kitchen/Bathroom Cabinet Hardware (Brushed Nickle) - $250
Tile Wall Back Splash   - $1,395
Range Gas Hookup - $275
Study - $900
Owner's Bathroom - Roman Shower - $400
Ceramic Surround Owner's Bath - Included in RiteRug cost
Double Vanity Bathroom #1 - 695
Owner's Bathroom Wyoming Square Cherry Bordeaux Cabinets - $450
Owner's Bathroom Vanity Top Granite Wheat - $425
Secondary Bathrooms Wyoming Square Cherry Bordeaux Cabinets - $400
Secondary Bathrooms Vanity Top Granite Wheat - $425
Bonus Bedroom with Full Bath - $5,995
Oak Stairs/Oak Hand Rail/Base Plate White - $895
Under Cabinet Kitchen Lights - $595
Recessed Lights Finished Basement - $995
Recessed Lights Home Office - $200
Recessed Lights Kitchen - $695
Ceiling Fan Rough-ins Interior (6X) - $1,050
Floor Drain Garage - $400
Faucet Upgrade #1 Bathrooms - $995
Faucet Upgrade #1 Kitchen - $200
Humidifier - $450
Dedicated Outlets Garage (2X) - $400
Handle Set Front Door - $200
Ceiling Fan Rough-ins Front Porch (2X) - $350
Microwave - $325
Guardian Selections (Built-in Speakers Basement) - $1,220
RiteRug Selections (Flooring) - $9,620
Landscaping Package - $895

Elevation -$5,195
Landscaping Package -$895
Basement Incentive  -$3,250
NVR Incentive  -$3,250
Total Incentives -$12,590

Lesa and I are also having our Sales Person price out exterior lights above each window (3) on the 2nd story of the house which will shine down. The model has them and we think it looks great. I expect it to be a few hundred dollar upgrade.