We had our flooring appointment today. It was okay. I was still feeling a little sour about our big decision and the flooring just overwhelmed me! We were hoping that by doing just the base on the flooring that we'd save some money - knowing that in a year or two we're going to upgrade the flooring ourselves. That's the case for the areas we're getting the vinyl - the kitchen, morning room (if we get it), bathrooms, and entry way. While I really dislike the idea of vinyl in the entry way, I just keep reminding myself its for the short term. It would be foolish to upgrade it and then take it up in a year or so. So we did just stick with the base vinyl. And while I don't love it, its really not that bad. Vinyl has come a long way. It looks like larger square tile. We went with a lighter color in the kitchen and upstairs bathrooms and a darker one in the entry and powder room. The flooring lady, while a bit blunt and hurried, was helpful in telling us that a lighter color makes the space look larger. We're all about that! So while its not my first choice, it will work.
We had heard from other blogs that it was important to upgrade the carpet padding. We added that into our estimate and were planning to just go with the base carpet. Well, we were wrong! It was pretty bad. Very cheap looking and feeling. The flooring lady told us that it would start to show its wear in about a year! It only came with a 5 year warranty, so that was pretty telling right there. With all of the other work we'd like to do to our house over the next few years, we're not particularly desiring to replace the carpet, too. So we upgraded the carpet. While it was an expense we weren't expecting, I think its a good place to invest a little.
The great thing was is that they had all of the cabinet selections there so that we could put our flooring choices right up to it. Originally we were going to go with a medium dark wood called cherry, cheery. It is in the lighter of the darker brown family (if that makes sense). Well after thinking about it today, we think we may change it to the wine berry cherry, which is a darker wood. Its very rich looking. I've liked it better all along, but was worried it would be too dark. But after considering the fact that we can lighten the room up with our flooring choice and the amount of sunlight (hello morning room!) we think we'll go with it - as long as we keep the morning room. If we eliminate that, we'll go for the lighter wood so the kitchen isn't too dark. I really do like both of them, and lucky for us they were both an upgrade level 2, which we had already budgeted for. No extra money. Yay! We'll see if that's what we end up sticking with.
We also stopped back by the Florence model today. And you know what? I'm really okay with it. Sure the bedroom sizes aren't as big as the Venice and there is less closet space, but its still a great house! The closests aren't as small as I thought. And as far as the bedrooms go, they will be fine. The master is actually a bit bigger and bedroom 2 is a good size as well. It's the third and fourth bedroom that are small. They way I look at it is if we have 2 kids, only one of them will hate us for having a small room! Walking through the model again reiterated how much we love the morning room! So we took that all into consideration tonight as we sat down and worked the numbers.
While the decision is not final, I think we're leaning towards the Florence now with partial brick and KEEPING the morning room. We got rid of a few other small upgrades and it puts us at a comfortable place. We would love our payment to be lower, but we feel if we cut much more we'll regret getting rid of the things we'd have to get rid off. We'll be fine with our payment and won't be house poor and that's what we were after. Some other positives are the first floor laundry and the beautiful banister and spindles that we'll have going up the steps and upstairs. I know its a small detail, but its very sharp!
We did meet briefly with our Sales rep, today (who we absolutley love!) and she did a great job at keeping us from freaking out! We're going to go with her tomorrow to look at a Venice that doesn't have a morning room just to see how we like it. So we'll see.
Our clock is ticking now. We have 14 days to finalize our plans without penalty. I'm looking forward to when all of the decisions are made and we can move on and just enjoy all of the excitement as we wait for our house to be built!
Long post....in a few weeks there will be little to talk about for months!