Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Floor Plan & Selections

Our Selections:

  • Brick Front with Porch
  • Finished Basement - with walkout door to backyard
  • Wooden Floor for Foyer, Powder Room, Dining and Kitchen
  • Carpet for the rest of the house
  • Gourmet Island with Granite counter-top in the Kitchen
  • Fire-place in family room
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Kitchen Vent-Out
  • Tray Ceiling in Master Bedroom
  • Ceramic tiles in Master Bathroom
  • Added extra bathroom (3 bathrooms on the upper level)
  • Bay Window in Dining room
  • Double window in one of the unfinished room in basement - we are planning to finish it next year as a 5th bedroom
  • 3 piece rough-in in the basement - again - planning to finish it later to convert as 4th full bathroom
  • Garage opener
  • Recess lights in foyer, kitchen
  • Chair railing and Crown Molding in the Foyer, Living, Dining room and the stairs
  • Gas cook-top, Electric connection for washer/dryer
(we bought the house in a promotion - so we got free basement, fire-place, brick front and porch & 33% off on all other upgrades :-) )

Morning room extension was not possible as the local code does not allow for our site :-(..so we just got a 2 ft extension in dinette

Guardian Selections
  • In-wall Speakers in family room (Kiplisch)
  • Flat TV rough-in for family room (over the fireplace), Master bedroom (we decided to pull the cables from family room to study room and from master bedroom to closet - so the accessories would be accesses remotely using logitech remote)
  • Security system (added 1 keypad & heat sensor) - negotiated for 6 month free services - but got a discount of $400 upfront - which is equivalent to 10 months of service
  • Extra 110v points for Flat TV connection, Closet in Master bedroom for the cable box/dvd player (Note: The Guardian upgrades do not qualify for the 33% discount)


  • Maple Cognac cabinets in Kitchen and bedrooms
  • Gunstock hardwood for the main floor (except living & family)
  • Tan Brown granite (went well with Maple Cognac cabinet and Gunstock floor)
  • Upgraded Stainless steel appliances with double wall oven
  • Kitchen Vent out - we are planning to buy range hood after we move in
  • Upgraded carpet for rest of the house with 6lb padding (i shall upload pictures of the selections soon)
Current Status

  • Loan approved (via NVR Mortgage - took 2 weeks for approval)
  • Construction started today, settlement in mid of June
  • Watching the mortgage rate fluctuations very closely - we wont be able to lock rate until mid of April
  • Today we had pre-construction meeting with PM to go through all the options - they missed couple of items (like Ceiling fan rough-ins that we selected for all bedrooms & Chair Molding). Need to closely monitor during this meeting as we went through all upgrades in detail.
So far, I am happy with Ryan folks (Sales Rep, Loan department & PM) - they have been honest and guided us with all pros & cons of the selections. Guardian rep was also good - he wanted us to get the 3-yr security contract - but did not push for rest of the stuff. We were not that happy with CTI - they didn't provide with much selections - in fact the model house had more selections (in their basement) than the CTI showroom. But we are now happy with the selections.


  1. Congrats on getting through the selection process. It's interesting that CTI had limited selections. Our flooring supplier (Creative Floors) not only had samples of all possible selections but also had samples of the cabinets and granites. Can't wait to see the pictures.

  2. Go head Sara!!!! You got alot of nice incentives!!

  3. I'm super jealous of your upgrades, lol. I'm not familiar with your floor plan but I love the shape of your owner suite and bathroom. Can't wait to see it all come together.

  4. Thanks all..We are super excited with the construciton..we have been told that we will have the walls go up in 3 weeks from now..

  5. A beautiful home! I bed you're excited!

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  7. So now that you've been in it - how would do you like the cognac cabinets with gunstock wood floor and tab brown granite - this is exactly what i am picking now, but am afraid it may get "too dark" over time and I will regret the decision. Would love to hear your feedback and thanks!

  8. Cognac was not dark at all. It went very well with Gunstock hardwood.

  9. Thanks you so much - you have calmed my worries and the granite counters were the tan/brown right? Any pictures? :)