I really don't do well with massive-PERMANENT-decisions.
However, I survived.
I did of course change some of the options I had already solidified because once I found what I liked in flooring and tile, it no longer worked. I knew this was possible, so, no big surprise.
Our model has Hardwood (HW) standard in the weirdest places. I knew this was going to be my biggest upgrade. I did not want carpet in the dining and living room. (Seriously, why are builders still putting carpet in a dining room? Dumb.)
I went with the Armstrong - Solid American Scrape Hardwood - Nantucket
This is a photo of what the kitchen all together is. I'm in love. I'm seriously obsessed. I swore I was going to go with the Misty Grey, but I fell hard for this. It has some nice warm tones that I think will help balance the overload of gray that is my taste.
A better picture of the backsplash.
Then to carpet.
This is the most overwhelming. I swear, the options suck too. We went in thinking we would stay with the builder grade and then in a year just upgrade it all. Then the more we thought about it, the more we knew we didn't want to deal with it in a year. I was actually really proud of myself. I stayed reasonable here.
We upgraded to the Level A padding (it has the spill barrier and with kids, I think this is necessary.)
For the whole house, we chose D level carpet in the color Cork Board.
For the basement we chose B level (the bottom speckled one) in Winter White (the name makes zero sense to me, but I double checked.)
This was the most fun I had.
I fell in LOVE with this floor. Then I designed the whole bathroom around the floor. It's more of a long plank where the other tiles are all square. This was what required a major change to the cabinets and granite. But I'm so happy with the change.
Well, I was ... until they told me I couldn't have the gray cabinets.
Now I have to have white.
Which I didn't really want, but, whatever Ryan Homes. You're killing me.
I do think the white will be gorgeous and very spa like. I'll just need to be a little more aggressive with paint color.
Tile was a Level 4 upgrade (which I'm not tooootally shocked). I'm known for being ridiculous. LOL
But bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. I wanted something that is my taste and what a potential buyer down the road will think is classy, beautiful, and nicely done.
I ended up mixing and matching because the predesigned boards were meh. I also did a niche (the built in shelf in the wall) that will have the inside be the pretty decorative stuff I picked. I'm going to live in my bathroom.
Okay, after I was in lust with my bathroom, I had to pick the other four. I had chosen the cherry and the white top, but with changing my master, I then had the counter that I loved back open. So, yeah, changed it again. This is what I had chose, but I'm going back to rethink the other bathrooms. I'm not in loooove with the white overload. I feel like I'm going to regret the white floors with my daughter and makeup. So, this will change because ... that's what I do.
EDIT: I totally did change. I'm so predictable at this point.
I went back to the showroom and changed the floors to this awesome gray tile (I know, I know ... but I like what I like). So, I'm going to stay with doing the offset subway, but I'm doing Expresso cabinets with the Santa Cecilia, the gray floor. I feel like this will just tie in so pretty. I'm excited now.
So, that's everything. I'm not really sure how I feel. Overwhelmed is probably the best way to describe it.
We'll see what I change next and how much I drive my sales rep nuts.
This was the appointment was I dreading.
Like, stick bamboo splints up my nails and leave them kind of torture.
I hate this crap.
However, at the end, I'm so happy. Over the mood.
First, I need to give credit to our SR, Jenny. She's patient, kind, and really does right by the customer. I love that. It's a rare find, but she's truly great. She's guided us with patience (I mean, 3 elevation changes, countless amounts of "I don't know", not to mention my husband can be a peach when I'm a mess.
Today, we went in with a plan. To not be dicks and piss off our SR.
We walked away with our house colors, choices, and lots of good feelings.
What we chose:
We decided to stick with the Normandy Elevation C. On our street (the whole 10 houses) everyone had the Elevation K. We're excited that we'll be a little different, plus we have some ideas to stand out even more.
- Color: Pewter
- Trim: White
- Stone: Fieldstone, PA Sierra
- Door: Black (SO excited about this, even though I'll change this out to something prettier than the Ryan Homes standard)
Here was my easiest part for the kitchen. I'm obsessed with Gray and White. I can't help it. I love the combos and I'm definitely a gray girl.
- Cabinets: White all through the top. Gray on the island.
- Counter: Iced White Quartz.
We have this counter in our rental house and I LOVE it. I love white counters. I love quartz. I love this combo. I'm beyond happy.
The floors I'm thinking Misty Gray, but I'm afraid I'll be gray overload. But ... we'll see. I like the model's choices of a little brown to give some warmth. The 18th should be a hoot for my husband who somehow managed to not kill me.
He's just happy he got the 4 car garage, so ... whatever. Men.
Master: I knew I wanted the Hazelnut, so that was a no brainer, but the counter I wanted was discontinued ... blah.
I really love the combo I chose though!
Counter: Granite - Santa Cecilia Light
Cabinet: Tahoe in Cherry
Counters: Stone Arctic Ice
Last thing we had to pick today was the stone fireplace. Considering gray is my theme, I knew I had to stick with that. LOL
I really hope I'm not on gray overload, but I know what I like, and I think they're kind of timeless.
The other thing was we originally picked Nickel for the whole house, but with the Hazelnut being in the bath, we knew that would look like crap. Soooooo, we ended up doing Nickel in the kitchen and brushed bronze the rest of the house. Which, I'm happy about.
The only other thing we added were three "red flags" I want a pocket door in the Master Bath, Rainfall Shower head, moving the attic access (it's in the princess bedroom in the middle of the ceiling. Why not put it in the closet? Stupid), and we asked for something else, but I can't remember.
All in all, I'm very happy. I'm looking through Pinterest to see a few more master bath ideas. Lord help me and all dealing with me.
I had no intentions of building or buying. It was one of those ... all the stars aligned and next thing we knew, we were beginning this journey.
We've been in our current rental for almost 3 years. We like it, but we don't love it. The time came to decide if we were going to buy this or move into another temporary home. My family ultimately chose we'd stay in the Greater DC area until they finished school. So, buying it is.
The market where we currently live is odd.
All of NOVA is.
It's overpriced, no land, and ... odd.
We started looking in areas where my oldest would stay in the desired high school, which meant a limited number of homes available. After a few days of seeing existing homes, we stumbled upon the Ryan Homes location.
It was kismet.
Two days later, we put the downpayment down, signed papers, and took the last lot available. Boom. Done. I bought a house in a day.
Then came the WHAT THE HELL did we just do moment? After touring two other Ryan Homes locations, we decided on what the model was there, The Normandy. This seems to be a fairly new model, which is why I ultimately decided to blog about it. I've scoured the interwebs for some information on this, and came up with zilch.
If you're building a Normandy, hopefully this helps. And hopefully it helps me because I'm losing my mind a little.