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Design meeting #2

Today we selected cabinet fronts and hardware, closet shelving, stair spindles, ceiling texture, switches and dimmers. Also tile for baths and laundry room and flooring for the basement.

Cabinet door styleThis modified shaker style door with a beveled inner edge (easier to clean?) will be used throughout the house.

In the kitchen and laundry room the cabinets will be painted ‘Classic white’. Jaco bean brown in the master bath, and in the kids’ baths the cabinets will be stained espresso.

Kitchen cabinet color and wall color ‘Classic white’ shown with a paint chip of Sherwin William’s ‘Misty’, a possible wall color for the kitchen or great room.

Cabinet hardware in brushed nickel. Bathrooms and laundry room will just have knobs, no handles.


Concrete’y, laundry room floor tile, with a medium gray grout. White cabinets and white washer and dryer.Laundry floor

kids bath floor grout and vanity The upper left corner of this photo shows the stain for the kids’ vanities. The tile is a sample of the kids’ bathroom floor tile, a 12×12 in a staggered pattern. The picture also shows a sliver of the matching grout at the very bottom.

Master bath:

Master floor shower wall and accent

Master bath floor and shower floor

Here are  the Master bath samples. The floor will be the stranded light gray, the lower of the two to the right in the left picture – 12×24 Zera Annex in Silver.

The walls in the shower will be the solid white tile, American Olean’s Urban Tones in Designer White, accented with the Anatolia Fusion random strip mosaic in the colour ‘Clay’ the walls will have a light grout to reduce the pattern of the big field tile.

The shower floor will be the tiny square stone / glass mix mosaic seen in the right picture, called Dusk & Dawn from Crossville. It also sits on top of the bathroom floor tile and the floor grout can be hinted, it’s the gray triangle sliver at the bottom.


The vanities will be the already mentioned dark brown, to match the tub base.

We decided on a LVFT vinyl plank for the basement floor. If we ever have a moisture problem, it will most likely hold up better than both wood and laminate. And it should do fine with the 16 (20?) paws it will share a home with. The color is 02 Walnut.

Basement chestnut vinyl plank

The stairs down to the basement will have the same hickory hardwood as the upstairs, but we added a carpet runner, because slippery stairs are not awesome. In a house with only hard surface flooring we went with a commercial grade carpet that will in theory hold up very well.

Not something I would chose on my own, but compromises happen. And It will be grippy and protect both stairs and stair users.

Stair runner carpetA similar compromise was made for the stair spindles. I wanted simple straight black iron.  Eric wanted some decorative double knuckles. So we’re doing every other spindle…

We didn’t pick a kitchen backsplash. I’m hoping for something light sage green, probably in a subway tile.  Will update when I find it. =)

Next designer meeting will be for lighting *dreading*


Wading through the appliance jungle

To prepare us for our kitchen meeting, Mike-the-Builder referred us to Heath at MAS distribution to help us with our appliance needs. That turned out to be a pretty spectacular eye opener, we’re never willingly paying retail again 😉

I should start out by saying: We love our dishwasher! It’s a Bosch we got a year ago, when Eric had one of his appliance lusting periods. He goes through them in cycles, it’s kind of endearing really.

With our current open concept kitchen, we can’t hear it running even if we’re in the kitchen. It cleans well and hasn’t given us any issues.
Bosch dishwasher

We’re getting one just like it for the new house. Why mess with a good thing.

With the huge new kitchen came Iron Chef aspirations.

While dreaming about a nice, shiny gas cooktop, Eric got his dreams cruelly crushed by the evil realist he married. If he picked a gas cooktop, he would be responsible for keeping it clean. induction cooktopHe settled for a 36″ induction cooktop with touch controls and beveled edges.

It will have a hood liner clad with something-yet-to-be-decided to top it off.

The built in microwave and convection wall oven will also be Electrolux, you’ll see the Swedish trend continue. This is actually the only appliance I had zoomed in on a brand for beforehand. The 27″ combination has some really nice reviews on different forums. We want the 30″ version, supposedly being released in September.

Microwave oven on top, convection oven below.

Wave touch controls show up when you interact with the oven.

Shiny, blue innards.

Thanks to a previous appliance lusting occasion 2 years ago, we currently have a big French door fridge with freezer drawer.  It’s very nice, even if the ice maker control board fried up after a year. I really like the full-wide drawer we use for sandwich making stuff, it’s at a good height for the boys to reach too, and the big space in the doors to hold five gallon jugs of milk and juice. Does it always fit what we want to keep at home on a daily basis? Nope. With one teenager and 2 boys soon hitting their teenage eat-a-thon years, bigger could be better.

Enter full sized fridge and full sized freezer.

We could fit bodies in there, note the plural.

And this will be the washer and dryer

We went a little over budget on the appliances. Hopefully things work >.<

Next up is design meeting #2 with Modern Home Concept Katie and Interior Design Studio Kate on Friday.