Kitchen and Bath Colors

We recently picked out tile for the Master Bathroom shower and jacuzzi tub, so we brought along a sample when we met with the foreman to see the cabinets and counter tops that the builder had shipped up from the lower 48.  Here’s the quartz that they picked out.  It’s a little darker than I’d hoped, but it works well with all the other colors so I think it will turn out fine.  And it’s better than the white quartz they used in another model!  I couldn’t imagine trying to keep that clean with my hubby’s cooking habits!

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Here’s a sneak peek of the cabinet color and shaker style.

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Here’s the combo of the flooring, cabinets and counter tops.

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The bathrooms will have the same counter tops and cabinets, so we chose a neutral ‘spa’ style tile and accent for the Master Bathroom.

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To save the budget, the hall bath has this single piece shower/tub instead of a tile surround – san’s shower doors.

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Our sinks will all be under-mounted squares like this one, except the cut out won’t be rounded in the front as much as this one is.

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While we were there we also confirmed that our front porch columns and fireplace will have this stone, which should also coordinate well.

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As you can tell, our colors are ‘earthy’ yet neutral.  I plan to add pops of color with accessories that can be easily changed out when the mood strikes.  We plan to have oil rubbed bronze fixtures on all the sinks and showers to continue the craftsman and spa style.  It’s hard to envision what it will all look like together and I think I’ll silently stress about it  until I see the finished product.  But it’s all part of the process and I’m sure it will turn out just fine.

Another Step Toward the Finish Line!

We went to visit the house again this weekend so I could see the placement of the tub in our bathroom and the fireplace.  Matt had seen both earlier in the week when he was there, and did bring home pictures, but I needed to see it in person to make sure all was well.  When we arrived we saw the plumbing had begun, with most of the major items already being run.

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Laundry room plumbing and kitchen pipes with stove ventilation.

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Kitchen sink lines and drain.  Vents for the laundry and kitchen up through the roof.

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The Master Bath tub looked good in the corner, so I decided to take a seat and test it out.  That’s when I saw this face!  I’m pretty sure she was impersonating Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”!  Thank goodness that wall will be solid when everything is done! LOL
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We also noticed several heat duct openings, which we believe to be the returns, although there were several of them!  Including one in each bedroom and the great room.Register

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The fireplace is looking mighty nice and so is my very large studio space.  We’ve confirmed it’s just a smidge smaller than our Master! 🙂
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FireplaceWideHere’s the view of the fireplace from the dining room/kitchen.

While we were there we tested out some furniture arrangements with scrap wood.  I think this layout of the chair and couch will work the best as I plan to have a table or dresser behind the couch for storage.
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The back of the house is starting to fill with the necessary exhausts for the HVAC and fireplace but there should still be plenty of room for the hot tub we plan to install outside our Master Bedroom!
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And just to prove that there are moose in the neighborhood we spotted this cow on the way to the house as she crossed the road because apparently it IS greener on the other side.
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I explained to her that while I welcome her in my yard for more photo ops, if I catch her eating my flowers and garden plants we’re gonna have to make some less moose friendly arrangements.
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This was the response I got.  I don’t think she much cared.
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Moving Right Along…

We went to visit the house again last weekend to find the roof almost complete!  Here’s the latest:

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3The front porch where I’m want a rocking chair in the corner for savoring our slice of mountain view.
4The garage.  Tequila is standing in the doorway to the laundry room.

5The garage from the laundry room doorway.

6The kitchen and great room from just outside the laundry room.

7The kitchen, studio and entry way from just outside the laundry room.

8The dining room and kitchen from the great room.  The laundry room is off to the left.

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The entryway and hall bathroom.

9My studio is taking shape!  EEKK! 🙂

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13Guest room #2

14The Master Bedroom!

15From the rear, garage side.  I’m thinking my garden will fit nicely in that area behind the garage there!

16The rear, bedroom side.  A little extra cleared room as part of the backyard.

And the best part of the site visit was finding this little gem just a few minutes away from our home!  17SOOO going to be making friends with the owners for access to an AMAZING photo location!  I’m already dreaming up cool ideas for family and senior sessions here!

A Sneak Peek At Our New Kitchen!

We are finally breaking ground on our new home this week!  HALLELUIAH!!! Now that means we’ve been given the green light to get all of our materials chosen, including cabinets and counter tops for the kitchen.  We had these done up at Home Depot and even ended up almost $1,600 BELOW our cabinetry allowance!  Now we’re trying to work that same magic on the counter tops and flooring.

Picture 3Ignore the additional walls in the background.  They were used in the design software to plan out the bathroom vanities but the computer ‘sees’ them and renders them as plotted.

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You’ll have to imagine our invisible pantry door on that corner wall, and our fridge will be a 3 door, but it’s close enough for a rendering.  We will also have a more mid-tone variegated flooring and a warm tan/beige wall color, so the contrast won’t be so pronounced.

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I left these two adjacent to give you a panorama effect of the back and side wall.  What’s scary great is that we’re such planners we already know what each cabinet shall hold!

And all of the drawers and cabinets are quiet close!  *Cue heavenly music*  Depending on when our builder orders them we may also get a free double cutlery divider in one of our drawers and roll-out bins rather than shelves in a few too!  Now we have to sit and count out how many knobs and handles we have to order.  We found some pretty ORB style hardware that run about $2.50 each so that shouldn’t break the bank either.

Lighting.  Check.  Cabinets.  Check. Counter tops.  In Progress.  Flooring.  Still the budget buster, final decision TBD.

I Can See The Light

Now that we are moving forward with construction on our new home – finally breaking ground THIS WEEK!! EEKK! – I’m starting to think  obsess about the little details we will soon be choosing.  Light fixtures are my current focus.  I know it’s one of the LAST things we will need to pick out, but it’s what my brain wants to think about apparently.

Ever since I heard someone on HGTV describe the basic builder grade fixture as a “nipple light” or “boob light” I’ve been obstinately prejudiced to them.   I also don’t want fixtures that will collect dust and require me to climb on ladders to constantly clean or suffer increased allergies if I’m lazy busy.  PropFanLuckily the hubs isn’t extremely picky when it comes to these types of details and lets me pretty much have free rein since I usually pick something he’s ok with.  I really love that we have such similar tastes!

I did drag him to a lighting store downtown that I’d spotted and wanted to check out, but in the end he’s glad I did because we found this!  A propeller styled ceiling fan!  How cool is that?!  (Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic, but that’s the best I could get looking up and trying to crop out the other displays.)  Yes, it’s a little spendy, but we can make it fit within our allowance and I think it’s a great fit for his love of flight and the craftsman style of our home.  At first he thought I was joking that I liked the prop style, but when he realized I wasn’t kidding the light bulb went on (pun intended) and he was suddenly more interested in the rest of the lighting choices.

The kitchen island will have pendant lights over it which sounds simple, but there are literally hundreds of styles of pendant lights out there these days.  I was originally thinking of doing mercury glass shades, but then stumbled upon this idea and found that the hubs really likes it and wants to help make them!  I guess we’ll be on the hunt for old insulators now! 🙂

I’ve been eyeing this pottery barn fixture for over year now for the dining room and found similar options like this at the big box stores for much more reasonable prices. Again the hubs liked my suggestion!  I’m sensing a trend here…

Then we spotted this ceiling fan at the big box store and both immediately liked it.  We thought it would be a nice compliment to the prop fan, but at a lower price tag for the Master Bedroom.  We plan to add a light kit the to the bottom, which seems pretty inexpensive and easy to do.  We just might have to spray paint a not so pretty brass light with ORB so it jives with the rest of the fan’s hardware.

Although I don’t love its hefty price tag, I absolutely ADORE this fixture and think it would be perfect in the entryway.  I didn’t see Entryit at the store the last time I was there and haven’t had much luck tracking it down online, so I might have to go back to the store and ask them to order me one.  This is where the hub’s enthusiasm wore out.  He apparently doesn’t have an opinion one way or another on this one other than the price.  If you know of where I can find something similar please let me know so I can compare!

Granted there are a few spots where I plan to have the builder install a basic fixture which we will change out with a creative DIY later like this little cutie I found on Pinterest.  I think it would look nice in the laundry room since I have a subtle rustic Americana theme in my laundry room décor – which is currently packed away since our rental has the washer and dryer in the garage!  I’d also like to create something like this for the Studio/Office if I can find some antique crystal decanters, or try my hand at making faux mercury glass with a tutorial I found online.

We have an appointment with a sales rep at the store downtown Monday evening so we’ll see if he can fit it all in within budget.  If not, we’ll get a few specialty pieces for the main traffic areas and then supplement basics elsewhere to be swapped out later as inspiration strikes.   We are also narrowing in on our final choices for cabinets and counter tops so watch for a post about that soon too!