Saturday, April 26, 2014

Our Selections

We have finally picked out all of our selections. Choosing everything was so hard! **Note: We changed everything again. For our final selections see the tab on the top. I'm so indecisive!

We asked a ton of people and looked up a ton of blogs to see what people missed having or regretted as well as things they are really happy they did.

Ultimately, we decided to definitely get upgrades that we liked but will ultimately add value to the home and would not be easy to do later on (ex. Morning Room - adds square footage to home and is beautiful but not so easy to add on later. It was the most expensive upgrade we got but it would be a lot more expensive to do it later.). Then we picked things that aren't super valuable but hard to add later (ex. Ceiling fan rough ins).

TIP ** - Remember that anything electrical or structural is much more difficult to add later! You can always get granite countertops in a year or two but it may be really complicated/expensive to add in recessed lighting or ceiling fans later

So here are our choices (as of now):

Home Model - Palermo

Elevation E

It doesn't look like many people have built this elevation but I did find one picture. Ours will be all siding though (No stone - too expensive!). It is an expensive elevation but I think curb appeal is really important for resale later. Plus, I'm an artist and love architecture so I wanted a house I found beautiful!

Same picture but I changed one to Sepia so the color choices look different


Finished Basement - FREE - Incentive for using NVR as a mortgage company
Basement Power room (So my Boyfriend will never come upstairs)
Wet Bar Rough - in
Carpet Pad (B)
Recessed Lighting

First Floor

Morning Room 
Gourmet Island
Recessed Lighting
Cabinets - White (most expensive but also highest quality - check out Timberlake cabinets website at - The construction of the Premier select cabinets is much better than the cheaper ones)
Hardware (knobs for cabinets)
Counter - Laminate Formica (shiny surface - upgrade but only about $500)
Ice Maker Rough-in
Gas Hook up for oven/stove - (Note - Gas is MUCH cheaper than electric)
Fireplace - Slate
Carpet Pad (B) - Great Room
Carpet Pad (A) - Office & Living/Dining room
Hardwood (A) - Foyer/Powder Room/Kitchen/Morning Room
Ceiling Fan rough-ins - Great Room, Dining, Morning Room

Second Floor

Carpet Pad (A) - Zone 2 - Entire upstairs
Ceiling Fan Rough-ins - All bedrooms
Owners Bath
Cabinets - White (I heard the standard oak cabinets aren't moisture proof so we did a basic upgrade)
Upgraded shower - Two shower heads and bench (no tub - This makes our shower bigger and our closet bigger)
Double Vanity
Secondary Bath
Cabinets - White (only upgrade we made in this bath)
Dryer Gas Hookup


Flood Light


  1. Congratulations on starting your new home! Love the elevation!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! We're so excited!