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.
Front Door/Garage Door/Trim:
Utility Lower Cabinets:
Engineered Hardwood in Monza in Adriana
Daltile Octagon and Dot – Black and White
GE Cafe Smart Dishwasher – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze Hardware
GE Cafe 4-Door French Door Refrigerator – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze
GE Cafe 30” Series French-Door Double Wall Oven – Matte White w/ Brushed Bronze Hardware
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
Level 5 Quartz – Eternal Calacatta Gold w/ straight edge
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:
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
Exley Pull– Polished Chrome
Exley Knob – Polished Chrome
Pattern 16C – Ash Grey
Master Bath Lighting:
Lighting Connection Genevieve Vanity – Burnished Brass
Kitchen Pendant Lights:
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
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.