So I'm just writing this up quickly while I'm stuck at the library not doing my project (good to see I haven't given up my procrastination skills when I decided to go back to grad school). We had our selections appointment today! Ah! This was really big for me and I was, quite frankly, dreading it. But now it's over, the hubs and I didn't kill each other, we didn't break the bank, and I think I'm finally settling into the fact that we are building our own brand new house where we're going to live.
What you probably all mentioned on your blogs, but I just didn't read closely enough, was that you don't actually get to pick your colors for the outside of the house. You get to pick a color scheme. That was a little of a bummer, but I think it's going to work out. We ended up with Sandy Tan and Brown shutters, with a bluish teal door (don't have the color in front of me). It's going to be great.
We struggled mightily on floors! See, the hubs and I have decided to hold off on doing hardwoods through Ryan. I think RH is a little expensive, and I think we could get the non pre-finished floors at some point in the near future for a less amount. So yes, we realize we'll be tearing up our new house in 12-18 months and that's annoying, but I didn't want to settle for floors that were just so-so (my opinion only! They look beautiful; I just don't love the cracks between.) Anyway, so we wanted to get the standard laminate floor in the kitchen/morning room because it's only got a short life. But holy macaroni there were too many choices! I'll post pictures soon but I'm pretty sure I hate them.
Cabinets were a big upgrade for us. The hubs is the cook so I let him pick his thing. We went with the taller Cherry Spice cabinets. I love the counter top we picked too! It's dark grey with lots of awesome sparks that pull in our cabinets. I know, I know, you need pictures! Will post soon.
Our meeting with the electrical/AV guy was super painless. I've read a lot of bloggers who have had trouble with their electric guys and I have to say ours was fantastic. Super low-pressure and definitely helped us see a couple ways to make things better as we moved through the house. I also splurged on pendant lights over my peninsula (they're so elegant, I think!) The hubs put in his TV-mount package, which makes him happy, and we came in below budget (woot woot!)