In an attempt to “catch up” with our design selections we have been scheduling appointments like mad and I’ve been super busy trying to make sure that our change orders are finalized and signed. Even though we made the selections for our kitchen appliances, kitchen cabinets, and plumbing fixtures ages ago, we just signed off on the appliances and cabinets today. We had a bit of sticker shock when we saw how much we went over budget on our plumbing fixtures. It was a little outrageous. But I’ll get to that in a minute. I know everyone wants to see pictures pictures and more pictures….so that’s what you’re going to get first!
Last time I posted pictures the first floor was mostly framed but there wasn’t a ceiling on it yet. Since then we got a first floor ceiling, the second floor was framed, we got stairs up to the second floor, and we just got a roof! The roof was being assembled in pieces in our front yard, so we didn’t a ton of progress for a day or so, but then it all went up at once, which was very exciting.
Yesterday we had our meeting at the Stone Center to pick out the stone that will be used on the exterior of the house. We have a stone Wainscot all around the house, one big stone wall on the front of the house, and the lanai fireplace will also be made out of our exterior stone. Originally I liked a stone called “White to Gray” and Dave liked a stone called “Indiana Brownstone.”
THEN we found a house in our neighborhood that used a blend of 60% Indiana Brownstone and 40% White to Gray. I have pictures of the house but I won’t be a complete creep and post it given that I’ve never even met the owners, but the zoom in on the stone blend looks like this:
So we went to the meeting fully expecting to tell them exactly what we wanted, and then we walked outside to see all the displays….and everything changed. Part of it had to do with paint colors. Our favorite paint scheme at the moment includes:
We’re getting pretty close to saying this is going to be our paint scheme, especially now that we’ve picked out our stone. Our issue was that we weren’t wild and crazy about how these paint colors went with the Indiana Brownstone / White to Gray mix. So we looked around and considered some other options. I had progressively fallen in love with a river rock option called Granite Cobble. There’s one house in our neighborhood that used it, and I happened to see their back patio one day when we were walking Katie. When you see the stone used to make up full walls it looks AMAZING. The Granite Cobble looks like this:
Dave wasn’t as crazy about doing the river rock as our ONLY stone, but then we saw one more option. It’s called Marquis Mix and it contains 25% Indiana Brownstone, 25% White to Gray, 25% Granite Cobble and 25% of a stone called Castle Rock. It looks like this:
There were two problems with the Marquis Mix:
1) It was not one of our included options which means tat we would have to pay to make the upgrade. There are literally TONS of stone on the house (I think they said over 50 tons in total), so any upgrade can mean spending A LOT more money.
2) I wasn’t in love with the fourth stone option, Castle Rock, that was added into the mix. It seemed to have a lot more red tinges in it, which I didn’t think looked very good with our paint scheme.
That’s when we found out some great news: the Castle Rock in the mix is what put it out of our price range. If we made a mix that didn’t include the Castle Rock, it would no longer be an upgrade. SO we could eliminate the part of the mix I didn’t like AND cut the cost. That’s what I call win-win!
So that’s what we’re going to do….the mix will be made up of equal proportions of each type of rock (1/3rd Indiana Brownstone, 1/3rd Gray to White, 1/3rd Granite Cobble). It’s a little scary, because for almost everything we’ve picked out so far we’ve been able to see the final product or something very similar to the final product in advance. There are no pictures of houses with our exact mix, and there are no samples of our exact mix because we’re the first ones to use these stones in these proportions. We’re crossing our fingers and hoping it turns out well! That said, I think the Granite Cobble ties in our siding color a lot better, which makes me very happy.
Our other house meeting yesterday was to start planning everything A/V in the house…TVs, sound systems, alarm systems, phones…you name it, they do it. I would be completely daunted by the A/V options, but this was the meeting that Dave has been waiting for since we started planning out this house. From what I understand we wired for a television in just about every room in the house excluding my loft (that was intentional), the pantry, and the bathrooms. Even the garage will be wired for a TV. My husband can’t even type and watch television, so the thought of him using power tools while watching television is scary. Personally, I think it’s a recipe for accidental limb amputations. My concerns have been expressed and pooh-poohed, so I will have no qualms saying “I told you so” when my husband is laying in the ER missing a couple of fingers. We’re also wiring for speakers all over the house (which will need to be purchased not long after move-in so I can get rid of all the big ugly speaker plates that will cover my ceilings and so I can blast Christmas carols throughout the house during the Yuletide season. There is also conduit being run all throughout the house so my geek of a husband can mess around with whatever he wants as technologies change. and he won’t have to rip out drywall.
Next up…picking out our granite, and scheduling an appointment to go over the design of our closets, built-ins, pantry, and my office!
Until later, Ashlen