It has been a dream to be in this house.  Every time I pull in my driveway I just have such a grateful heart.  Like gosh…I am so happy to call this place home.  We really were intentional with this build process and tried our hardest to get a home that we would love now and years from now.

With this being our 2nd home, we really evaluated what we liked in our 1st home and what we didn’t.  From there I created a spreadsheet that had my wishlist items.  If you are planning on building I would strongly recommend doing this, it helped me prioritize everything and really get an idea of what we could do versus what we could not.

We did not do everything we would have liked design wise.  Priority for us, was getting structural updates first as that is expensive typically to do afterwards.  We then ranked our design wishlist on what were must haves.  It is SO important to establish a budget. A sales rep once told me to factor about 10% off the purchase price to design center.  Ballpark we were around there, BUT you can do less than that. Don’t feel like you have to do everything in the beginning.



With our builder process, prior to getting under contract we negotiated a spending allowance with the builder.  This means the builder gave us a certain amount to spend that was included in our contract price.  Anything over that amount would be coming out of our pocket. If you are doing a new build don’t be afraid to negotiate.

I know so many of you are planning on going through the design process.  I wanted to share ALL of our selections, if you were interested in using any of them.


Exterior Paint Colors:


Greek Villa SW7551

Front Door/Garage Door/Trim:

Earl Grey SW 7660

Interior Paint Colors


Pure White SW 7005

Utility Lower Cabinets:

Pewter Cast SW 7673

Media Room:

Pavestone SW 7642



Hardwood Flooring:

Engineered Hardwood in Monza in Adriana

Master Bath:

Classic 2.0 Polished Calacatta Oro 12×24 laid horizontally offset w/ #11 Snow White Grout

Utility Room:

Finishes Havana Brickell 8×8 laid straight w/ #542 Graystone Grout

Powder Room:

Finishes Havana Key West 8×8 laid straight w/ #545 Bleached Wood

Cash’s Bath:

Daltile Octagon and Dot – Black and White

Guest Bath:

Daltile Costar Calacatta Empire 12×24 Laid Vertically Straight w/ #642 Ash Grout

Boy’s Bath:

 QDI SOHO in Grey 12×24 laid straight side to side w/ #546 Cape Gray Grout

Other Tile Selections



Kitchen Backsplash:

Lotus White Polished 1×3 Grande Herringbone Mosaic MARB601 w/ #11 Snow White Grout  

Fireplace Tile:

Daltile Natural Stone M190 in First Snow Elegance Polished ½ x 1 Brick Joint Laid Horizontal with #640 Arctic White Grout 

Kitchen Appliances



GE Cafe Smart Dishwasher – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze Hardware


GE Cafe 4-Door French Door Refrigerator – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze

Double Oven:

GE Cafe 30” Series French-Door Double Wall Oven – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze Hardware

Beverage Center:

GE Cafe Beverage Center – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze Hardware


GE Cafe 30” Smart Five in One Conventional Oven – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze Hardware

Kitchen Countertop

Level 5 Quartz – Eternal Calacatta Gold w/ straight edge




Kitchen Faucet:

U by Moen Weymouth – Brushed Gold

Master Bath Faucets:

Moen Bathroom Faucet Style – Brushed Gold

Utility Room Faucet:

OWOFAN Kitchen Sink Faucet – Matte Black

Guest Bath/Boy’s Bath Faucet:

MOEN Align Widespread Faucet – Chrome

Cash’s Bath/Utility Room Pulls:

Amazon Goldenwarm 10pack Black Cabinet Pulls

Kitchen Pulls:

Rejuvenation Rigdon Drawer Pull – Aged Brass

Master Bath Pulls:

Lambeth Crystal Pull – Lacquered Burnished Brass

Lambeth Crystal Knob – Lacquered Burnished Brass

Boy’s Bath Pulls:

Dover Pull – Polished Chrome

Dover Knob – Polished Chrome

Guest Pulls:

Exley Pull– Polished Chrome

Exley Knob – Polished Chrome

Stair Baluster:

Pattern 16C – Ash Grey




Master Bath Lighting:

Lighting Connection Genevieve Vanity – Burnished Brass

Kitchen Pendant Lights:

Lighting Connection Demi Pendant

Living Room Chandelier:

Lighting Connection Therion Chandelier – Warm Brass

Guest Room Chandelier:

Lighting Connection Merida Chandelier – Antique Brass and Black

Powder Room Lighting:

Lighting Connection Basie Vanity – Satin Bronze and Midnight Black

Foyer Chandelier:

Corbett Lighting Chandelier

I know building a home can be a bit overwhelming, but just enjoy the process, set your budget, and remember that you will be in this home for years.  So you will have plenty of time to do home projects and upgrades if you can’t do it all at the time of building.