Who knew there were so many flooring options?  Last week Brandy and I had our appointment with Rite Rug to pick out the flooring options for the new house.  We had gone into the the appointment tentatively knowing that we had wanted laminate in a majority of the main floor and vinyl for the bathrooms.  We thought we would just do upgraded carpet pad with just the baseline standard carpet everywhere else.

Armstrong Illusions Autumn Mahogany - Kitchen, Foyer, Main floor hallways and powder room, and morning room.

Armstrong Illusions Autumn Mahogany – Kitchen, Foyer, Main floor hallways and powder room, and morning room.

So as with everything there are your standards and then there are various levels of upgrades.  Laminate is obviously an upgrade and that’s where we started. We knew we wanted laminate in our morning room, kitchen, foyer, dining room, and first floor powder room.  We looked at the three or four options in the first tier of the laminate and made a fairly quick and easy decision.  We chose an Autumn Mahogany from Armstrong Flooring “Illusions” product line.  One of the things that I thought was interesting was that the laminate had a 30 year warranty.

Vinyl flooring for upstairs bathrooms and basement powder room.

Vinyl flooring for upstairs bathrooms and basement powder room.

Our next choices were for the mudroom and the bathrooms throughout the house.  The standard for the mudrooms and bathrooms is a vinyl flooring.  Things like ceramic would be an upgrade.  We looked at the standard vinyl flooring and surprisingly some of the styles weren’t too bad.  I think there might have been a half dozen or

Vinyl flooring for the mudroom

Vinyl flooring for the mudroom

so options and we honed in on two styles.  The styles were very similar but the mudroom has a little bit darker tones.  We figure coming in from the garage, through the mudroom, we may want a darker option to hide mud, etc.  We also thought a lighter option would go better with our bathroom cabinet choices.  The vinyl is warrantied for 5 years.  We also figured we could save some money here and perhaps upgrade to ceramic or something over time.  As with the laminate, to my surprise, we made the decision fairly quickly and easily.  There wasn’t too much discussion, we were on the same page.

Our next choices?  Carpeting.  So the carpeting would be in the family room (for those not following along on the floor plan, it’s just off the kitchen and would be up against the laminate), the living room (we will be using it as an office and will be against the foyer and dining room’s laminate), the upstairs (which includes the stairs), and the basement (again stairs included).  So we had looked through various blogs about building with Ryan Homes and we’ve done a lot of research (remember me saying we analyze everything, from our previous posts); we figured we would just upgrade the padding and call it a day.

Baseline Thornwood - Carpeting for the basement

Baseline Thornwood – Carpeting for the basement

The standard pad is a 5 pound pad; there is an 8 pound upgrade and an 8 pound with memory foam upgrade. We went with the upgraded 8 pound pad; it was actually quite comfy.  On to the actual carpet itself and here is where we spent A LOT of time.  For those of you that don’t know, I’ve got some partial color blindness.  I have problems with similar shades within the same base color or colors that are very similar; think dark blue and black.  What does this mean?  I wasn’t a whole lot of help when it came to shade differences.  The baseline carpet was pretty thin and only

Collinsville Sahara Buff - All of upstairs bedrooms, hallways, office, and stairs

Collinsville Sahara Buff – All of upstairs bedrooms, hallways, office, and stairs

had four choices or so.  The baseline carpet was an easy choice for the basement but because it was so thin, we weren’t sure we wanted it in the high traffic areas. We have a similar carpet in our current home and it has worn down significantly in just 5 years and isn’t that comfortable.  We eventually decided on upgrading the carpet one level up for the entire second floor (including stairs) and what will become the office.  The color shade is called “Sahara Buff”.  We REALLY liked the carpeting that was in the model of our development; however it was like the fourth tier.  We found a very similar carpet choice in tier three though.  It has shades of tan and a few dark “specs” in it.  The color of that is called pebble.  We thought that it would bring out some of the tones in the fire place and it looked very nice up against the laminate floors too.

Inutitive Pebble - Family room carpet next to laminate

So that was it for our flooring choices it ended up taking about an hour and fifteen minutes or so.  We had our meeting with NVR, the mortgage company, later in the day.  Prior to that meeting we decided to go up to the model and start looking at other color choices for our siding, stone, and shutters.

So all those choices have no been made too.  We went with a siding color called Irish thistle.  It’s a really light green color (hard to tell in pic).  Our shutters will be dark berry, which I’m told is a really dark reddish / purple (color blindness is awful).  And our front door will be a sort of black with a faint green tint, the roof is black, the gutters and garage door will all be white.

Irish thistle colored siding

Front Door - Black fox

Front Door – Black fox

Stone veneer with Dark Berry shutter

Stone veneer with Dark Berry shutter

Bucks Country Ledgestone - Exterior stone veneer and fireplace stone

Bucks Country Ledgestone – Exterior stone veneer and fireplace stone

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