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.