Thursday, September 20, 2012
Home Selections complete
Selections completeSelections are complete! In our area, we worked with Structured Cable of Virginia and CTI. Both of these agencies were very accommodating, professional, informative, and a pleasure all around.
Because I work in IT, having another company provide cabling did not appeal to me. I require CAT6 to support the bandwidth in my internal network, and the cost was high $195/room. Instead, I opted to request two CAT6 lines run to the attic where I could drop my own lines into each room at a fraction of the cost. Phone lines are of little use to me, but we had one run to the kitchen and another to the master suite. We had a cable line run to the family room and to the master suite. The alarm system offered was probably a good deal, but again, I am certain it will be better installing this myself.
One detail that did slip past me was requesting a PVC tube run from the basement to the attic. SCVA was willing to provide this, which would have been a very well worth it option. Unfortunately, the idea came to me just after finalizing my selections. Those building, should consider it, even if your aren't cable-wiring savvy, since down the road when you decide you want to run wire to the second floor, can do so almost painlessly!
Working with CTI was akin to feeling like being in an episode of something on HGTV. We splurged a little and requested Natural Blonde Hickory 4" planks in the following rooms:
- Morning Room
- Dining Room
We chose Timberlake Tahoe Cherry Bordeaux cabinets for the kitchen, Luna Pearl granite counter tops and stainless appliances. We felt the floors needed to be light to offset the darker color of the cabinets, but also felt the darker color streaks within the Hickory floor grain perfectly matched the Cherry Bordeaux cabinets. Pictures we took don't capture it, but we were captured!
Double-bowl cultured-marble vanity in the master suite, with Timberlake Maple Spice cabinets. and tile/ceramic throughout. Fortunately, our subdivision gave us incentives to accommodate tile and ceramic surround by default, with mosaic tile trim decorating the upgraded alternate shower bath option we selected. All other bathrooms, utility room, powder room, and mud room are tile.
We upgraded the carpet in the partially finished basement one level. We did not upgrade carpet or padding anywhere else. This may have been a mistake, but I didn't have any real experience to allow me to know for certain if there would be a noticeable difference.